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POQUOSON - Shimer Zane Pinckney was born September 21, 1934 in Chipley, Florida. He died surrounded by his five children and wife of almost sixty years on August 7, 2015 in Newport News, Virginia. Zane was preceded in death by his father, Laney Alexander Pinckney, mother, Vassie Lee Pinckney and his sister, Cartha Valencia Israel. He is survived by his devoted wife, Evelyn Anne Pinckney; son, Shimer Zane Pinckney, Jr. and his wife, Debora Anne, their son Lucas Zane with his wife, Laura and son Colin Zane, a daughter, Janna Rene and a son, Daniel Leemann; daughter, Teena Joy and her husband, Ret. Lt. Col. John Joseph McClaire Jr., their daughter Lindsay Karoline Simmons with her husband Adam and their three children, Anabelle Joy, Daniel Adam and Lachlan John, a son John Joseph McClaire III with his wife Jennifer, their son Sawyer Ricky and second baby due in January, and a daughter, Jessica Ashley McClaire; daughter, Vicki Kae Crisp and her two daughters, Sheila Rae Cane with her husband Cameron and their daughter, Tatum Olivia, a daughter Linda Renee Coverdale with her husband L.J. and their daughter, Brynn Evelyn; daughter, Sonya Anne and her husband, Emery Lee Sweeney Jr., with their daughter, Sabrina Anne Sweeney and her son, Connor Lee Sweeney; son, William Alexander Pinckney and his wife, Tammi with their son, Evan Alexander and daughter, Meagan Nicole; brother, George Wayne Pinckney; two nieces; and several cousins. Zane graduated in 1952 from St. Petersburg High School in St. Petersburg, FL. He first attended the St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, FL where he played basketball and was inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon Honors Society. He then attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL for two years and finally transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL for his senior year in college where he graduated with honors in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Zane later attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and attained two Masters Degrees, one in Mathematics (1964) and the second in Aerospace Engineering (1966), both with Honors. He began his professional career in June 1957 at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), in Hampton, VA which later became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Finally, in 2007 after a successful career he retired as a world renowned research engineer. While at NASA, he published over 100 articles in professional journals and technical papers. Zane received dozens of certificates of achievement, including NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal in 1996, three Letters of Commendation from Brig. Gen. Kenneth Staten and a Technical Excellence Award for the National Aerospace Plane Program (NASP). He was a Registered Girl Scout for two generations, with his wife, daughters and granddaughters. He was one of five men who helped organize the Deer Park Pee Wee Football League in 1964 in Newport News, VA. He held several offices with various Little Leagues that spanned a period of thirty years. He was a coach for the Deer Park Boys Little League, Pony League and Colts League and also coached the first baseball team in the Thoroughbred League to win the State Championship. Later, Zane was a York County Softball Representative under Ross Phillips. He pitched for and coached in a men's softball league and later coached baseball, softball and basketball for his daughters, sons and grandchildren. Zane was a Life Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), Lodge 315 in Newport News, VA. He is a past Exalted Ruler and Elk of the Year. Zane would have been 81 years-old on September 21, 2015 and married 60 years on October 8, 2015. He will be missed greatly by his friends and family and will be remembered always. Elks Rites will be conferred followed by a Memorial Service on Friday, August 14, 2015 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Claytor Rollins Funeral Home and Crematory, 836 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson, VA. The family will receive friends following the Memorial Service at the funeral home. All are welcome. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com .
Published in Daily Press on Aug. 11, 2015
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