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The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney - RIDGELAND, SC - Funeral Services for The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney will be held Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the T D Arena at the College of Charleston, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina with burial in the St. James A.M.E. Church Cemetery, 5344 Highway 41, Marion, South Carolina. Senator Pinckney will lie in state in The Rotunda of the South Carolina State House, Columbia, South Carolina, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. He will also be viewed on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the St. John A.M.E. Church, 2740 Tillman Rd., Ridgeland, SC. A family visitation will be held Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, 110 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC. Leevy's Funeral Home, Columbia, SC is in charge of arrangements. The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney, was born on July 30, 1973, the son of Mr. John Pinckney and the late Theopia Stevenson Aikens of Ridgeland, South Carolina, and was educated in the public schools of Jasper County. He departed this life on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, along with eight other saints of God, studying the Word of God at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, in Charleston, South Carolina. The Honorable Reverend Pinckney graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Allen University, Columbia, South Carolina. While at Allen University, he served as freshman class president, student body president, and senior class president. Ebony Magazine recognized the Honorable Reverend Pinckney as one of the Top College Students in America. He earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina and a Master's of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. The Honorable Reverend Pinckney was actively working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Reverend Pinckney answered the call to preach at the age of thirteen and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of eighteen. He loved the Lord, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the people of God. He served the following churches: Young's Chapel A.M.E.-Irmo, SC, The Port Royal Circuit-Beaufort, SC, Mount Horr A.M.E.-Yonges Island, SC, Campbell Chapel A.M.E., Bluffton, SC and also served as the Presiding Elder of the Wateree District. He was serving with distinction as the pastor of the historic Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina at the time of his untimely death. The Honorable Reverend Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of twenty-three. In the year 2000, at the age of twenty-seven, he was elected to the South Carolina State Senate. He was the youngest African-American in South Carolina history to be elected to the South Carolina State Legislature. He represented Jasper, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, and Hampton Counties. As a community servant, he served on the Board of Directors of Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company and was a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The Honorable Reverend Clementa Carlos Pinckney leaves behind: his beloved wife, Jennifer Benjamin Pinkney; daughters, Eliana Yvette and Malana Elise Pinckney; his maternal grandmother, Gracie S. Broome, of Mullins, South Carolina; his fathers, John Pinckney and Lyneair Aikens, Sr., both of Ridgeland, South Carolina; his father and mother-in-law, Frank Bejamin and Cleo M. Benjamin, both of Jackson, South Carolina; six siblings: Ralph Stevenson, of Lacey, Washington; Carmelleana Dupont, of Ridgeland, South Carolina; Kenya (Arica) Pinckney, of Grafenwoer, Germany; Lyneair (Lynea) Aikens, Jr., of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Johnette (Dexter) Martinez, of Irmo, South Carolina; Marvin Aikens, of Savannah, Georgia; one brother-in-law, Eric (Leila) Benjamin; his grand aunts Lee and Louise Pollins, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; his grand aunt and uncle, Donald and Emma Stevenson, of Ridgeland, South Carolina; four long-time friends who were as close as brothers, the Reverend Dr. Kylon Jerome Middleton, the Reverend Chris Vaughn, the Honorable Reverend Joe Neal, and the Honorable Gerald Malloy; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Leevy's Funeral Home Columbia, SC Savannah Morning News June 24, 2015 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

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December 22, 2018
Travis Atchison
December 21, 2018
deavon davis
January 10, 2018
Veronica Polite
January 10, 2018
I know you are resting in peace. You were an ANGEL here on earth, now you are an ANGEL in heaven.
Veronica Polite
January 9, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
November 30, 2016
Valenda Newell
April 21, 2016
I was truly devastated about the lost of my cousin. My heart continues to ache, we must remember to keep his wife and children in prayer, also the community, his church family and the other lives that was taken along with his. In time there is healing. Keep praying for one another. My sincere condolences to all the families, and to my family. God Bless.
Hester Pinckney-Jones
December 21, 2015
Thank you for never giving up!
May God Bless your family!
Barbara Butler
July 29, 2015
Words cannot express the sorrow of our lost. We will forever remember you and the others from that tragic night.
Richard Hicks
July 26, 2015
I pray that your family finds healing. It is so sad to know that such a great man is no longer with us. RIP
Lena Williams
July 21, 2015
To the Pinckney family, How difficult it is to lose someone who is so dearly loved and needed. He dedicated himself to family, and so many others. May you draw comfort and strength each day through prayer and God's promises. (Jeremiah 29 : 11-13)
July 17, 2015
Never to be forgotten. Your life and death has changed South Carolina.
Dorothy Rowson
July 10, 2015
A tragedy has robbed us of a soldier in the war of racial divides and our hearts are wounded. But his strong faith speaks to the words of John 5:25,28,29 and we will see him again in paradise!
July 10, 2015
You ran your race, now, it is time to rest with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Just know, you nor the other 8 lives was not lost in vain. You can see the change that you all fought for. You will never be forgotten
Terrie Moulds
July 9, 2015
My condolences to my family and the families who loss their loved ones. May God brings some comfort in time of sorrow. Keep the peace and love in our hearts always.
Hester Pinckney-Jones
July 7, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 3, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
July 3, 2015
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
July 1, 2015
The kind and gentle person he was, I'm sure the one who made him, realized how special he was, to be left in the midst of this cruel world. He belongs to a place that is kind, a place that is away from all the hassles of this world. May his spirit experience celestial peace and heavenly bliss.
To the family that he left behind, know you are and were and always will be loved. Please accept my deep condolences. Many Blessings!
Mae Collier
July 1, 2015
My family and I are thinking of the loss of all of these wonderful people. The thought of losing someone in a tragic way weakens my heart and love for the world. This was God's plan and it was time for Reverend Pinckney to be back up above the clouds with his creator. He put so much love and affection into the world, it was time for him to receive everything he gave away in a special way. He's in a better place now, and he will be looking down on everyone, smiling at how we are all getting along.

Stay safe, peace is key.

With Love,
Katie Barber
July 1, 2015
Praying for the family and also the Church family. Home at last what a family reunion that will be when we all get home at last. Blessings
Beatrice Wright
June 30, 2015
My family's thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May God bless you and keep you in his care.
Thoma Lewis- Williams
June 30, 2015
Hoping the thoughts and prayers will lift our spirits, ease our minds, and bring the promise of better days to come.
Elaine Mazyck
June 30, 2015
God bless!
Celeste Lennon
June 30, 2015
Praying for u all GOD BLESS !!!!
Tonya Young
June 29, 2015
A man of honor, a life well-lived, a good and faithful servant...May his soul rest in peace.

To his family, Please accept my deep condolences on the loss of your husband, father, son, brother, uncle Clementa. He has been cruelly snatched from your midst and left a deep wound. May God comfort you, heal you, and grace you with courage to carry on. My heart aches with you.
Susan Willis
June 29, 2015
Well Done Thy Faithful Servant

The messenger has come, He comes to set us free.
To Him whose love He reconciles, to thee He calls your name.
Patiently He waits for all; Patiently our Master calls; to run this race, He will not let us fail.
He calls for one and all to enter into judgment. He says my faithful son, enter now into thy place of rest, the heavens belong to thee, O holy child of God.
Your service to me is sweeter than honey, sweeter than any perfume. It smells like incense to my nostrils, I taste and smell it's good.
It pleases the One who called you from your youth.
I delight in you O holy child of God.
He receives you now to His embrace you servant of the Father, the author and finisher of your faith.
Well done thy good and faithful servant, well done. Enter now to thy place of rest, O holy child of God.
His tender mercies has come to thee, but you shall live again--to the heavens far above the clouds.
The Master calls to all someday, O holy children of God. Enter now to His loving embrace.
Our loving God for always.

Rest in peace Reverend Climenta Pinckney.
Written by Darna M. Poole
June 29, 2015
May you find speedy comfort and peace as you go through this terrible heartbreak. Our prayers are with you all.

Gods Love Conquers All!!!

The Blackman Family
June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015
My prayers and condolences to the families of all the victims. May God give you peace and comfort.
G.M. Taylor
June 28, 2015
So much you have accoplish, in the time you where with us ,it will be strongly remembered. I know you are going to be watching over us, making sure that what you have done keep on moving foward. God is going to take care of your Family. Robin Jordan (Hamden Ct)
robin jordan
June 28, 2015
GOD KNOWS. So much accomplished in such a short period of time. Rest in Peace Pastor and Servant.
Annie Mason
June 28, 2015
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Emanuel Bryson
June 28, 2015
May God keep blessing you and we will keep you in our prayers.
Joseph Smith
June 28, 2015
Your family is in our prayers
William and Ida Betterson
William Betterson
June 28, 2015
Your life was not in vain. You were able to accomplish so much.
Joseph Snowden III
June 28, 2015
Mrs. Pinckney & daughters,
With God's love and the support of those who care so much, may you find the comfort and strength that will help you now and through the days ahead.
Rev. & Mrs. Samuel L. Sparks III
June 28, 2015
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Clara Godhigh
June 28, 2015
you and your family be bless.luv

Alfred and Gwendolyn
Charleston S.C.29412
June 28, 2015
My condolences go out to the family and entire community Brother Pinckley served. His leadership will be remembered and followed for years to come.
Wilbur Jackson
June 28, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 28, 2015
John 16:20;22 says it all. " What a Man ! "
Thank " The Almighty " for allowing us to experience his presence, and appreciate the numerous deeds that he executed here on earth. Again," What a Man ! "
Many have past this way before him, but few have left " FOOTPRINTS " that truly mattered, and will matter for generations to come.
God Bless You, Mrs. Pinckney, Eliana and Malana. We will keep your family in our prayers.

The late Rev. G. M. Eubanks Family
formally of St. Augustine, Florida
June 28, 2015
PINCKNEY FAMILY, God will wipe away your tears as he has promised. KEEP looking up,
J Kirkland and family
June 28, 2015
We are all sadden to hear of the loss at Emmanuel AME Church. Please find comfort in knowing that our prayers and thoughts are with these families. The Antioch UME Church Family
Anderson B Thomas
June 28, 2015
God Bless You. Your living and death was not in vain. God's plan, you may affect race relations more now than before!!!
Norris Bryant
June 27, 2015
To The Pinckney Family,
God picks only the best. Remember the great times spent with your loved one. It is ok to cry, but may you cry both tears of joy and sorrow. God will take care of you.
From your AME Family in Smithfield, VA, Brown's AME Church, the Cuffey, White, Faltz, Brown and Yeoman Family
Joahn Brown
June 27, 2015
I am praying for your family that their keep on being strong.
Laurie Wilson
June 27, 2015
GOD be with you and your family.
Rhonda James
June 27, 2015
May GOD continue to be with you and your family at this difficult time. My prayers will continue to be you. Be blessed.
Rhonda James
June 27, 2015
May GOD be with YOU and your daughters.Stay Strong !
sonya tanner
June 27, 2015
My prayers and convalescences goes out to the Pinckney family and dealing with this tragic loss. May God continue to be with them all.
Alfreda Harris
June 27, 2015
The Fejoku Family
June 27, 2015
My prayers are with your family and friends and with the families and friends of the other Eight.

Maybe with a small measure of your grace, we can find a way forward. I hope so, I pray so.

You were, in our President's words, a good man, a fine man.
Harriet Gilkerson
June 27, 2015
May your death not be in vain. R. I. P.
Yolaunda Bass
June 27, 2015
We all need love Ron Edge
June 27, 2015
At a lost for words; and thinking what do you say at a time like this. Only God knows what best. God wisdom and understanding is always beyond our understanding. In due time we will be able to make sense of all of this. I believe our President said it best 'AMAZING GRACE'. We will continue to keep you up in prayer for peace and strength and time heals all. To the family of a man I never met but since his death I feel as if I do know him. Live on now with your Master. Looking forward to officially meeting you in a home not made by hands. In that great getting up morning. LaVonnie M Stoney in West Park, Florida.
June 27, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
June 27, 2015
Pinckney family, May God continue bless and keep you in His gracious care. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Wright
June 27, 2015
My prayers for you and your daughters! May God continue to keep you in perfect peace!
Joyce O'Neal
June 27, 2015
For the Family: This light, I hope will offer you comfort.
As your loss is truly unimaginable.

But your strength and courage gave every young child, the will to continue on, to promote the Lord.

God Bless! Maya. Age 10.
Maya Brown
June 27, 2015
Such a tragedy! To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord. To the wife and children my deepest sympathy!!
Marsha Hunter
June 27, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 27, 2015
What a moving ceremony. May god continue to bless your family as the days go by
mamie robinson
June 27, 2015
May you rest in peace knowimg that your living was not in vain.
LouEster Manigault
June 27, 2015
Praying for the family and may God keep them. Only God knows. Rest in Peace
Russell and Darlene Earle
June 27, 2015
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Myra Rambo
June 27, 2015
Upon the leadership of the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc president, Dr. Jerry Young and our congress president Dr. George Waddles,Jr. Nine children led hundreds of our children and adults in prayer for the families hurting by this tragic loss.
Dr. Nettie Walker-Wood
June 27, 2015
Our prayers are with you and your daughters. Much love!
Vilena Daniels
June 27, 2015
Prayers for all the Pinckney family in South Carolina. From a cousin who resides in Australia.
Charles Pinckney
June 27, 2015
TO Mrs. Pinckney, her children & Mother Emauel Congregation

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Proverbs 116:15)
Good Man-Friend--Husband--Father--Teacher--Leader--Pastor--Shepherd--Senator--Advocate--ANGEL OF GOD!!

May the empathy, compassion, and humanity for others he demonstrated be mirrored by us all as we go forward.
Mildred "Millie" Jenkins Bradley
June 27, 2015
My prayers are with your entire family!
Catherine Hall
June 27, 2015
Michelle Giles
June 26, 2015
May god bless and keep all y'all in our prayers love everyone from Houston,Texas it was a beautiful sermon Barack Obama did.
Mary Shepherd
June 26, 2015
My condolences to church, family, and friends for the lost of Reverend Pinckney.
Reginald Mcknight
June 26, 2015
Praying that your family will feel God's comforting touch as you endure this great loss. Thank you for sharing your husband/father with the world and know that this tragedy has been felt by us all. His life and death will be an inspiration for ages to come. May God bless and keep you all!
Joycelyn Powell
June 26, 2015
June 26, 2015
May God bless and forever keep your wife and daughters
Wardell Hunt
June 26, 2015
My deepest condolences to the family.
Carla Byrd
June 26, 2015
May God wrap his hands around you and your family at this difficult time.I pray that you and your family peace.

Charlena Banks- Maryland
June 26, 2015
My testimony for the last 3 months have been about finally understanding the concept of Grace. And yet the President transcended that understanding to mean so much more. May God's Amazing Grace be what you and your family need it to be in the days to come.
Y. White
June 26, 2015
Sorry for your loss Mrs Pinckney praying for you and those beautiful girls. God bless just continue to hold on to God unchanging hand
Towanda Cooper Pittman
June 26, 2015
Praying for the family.
Bobbie Davis
June 26, 2015
Keep to your faith to help during this very difficult time!!!
June 26, 2015
May God bless his family and give them comfort. Prayers for the church family as well.
Annie Price
June 26, 2015
To The family of Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the Lytch Family of Dillon, SC, Florence, SC and Atlanta, GA extended our deepest condolences to you. You are forever in our prayers for healing and for strength.
June 26, 2015
Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family!!!! I didn't know him but my heart is so heavy for the loss of such a giant. History will always keep him in our memories!!!!! May God throw his loving arms around you and wipe all your tears away!!!! I love You!!!
Sherry Prunty
June 26, 2015
Know that you are loved dear ones, we lift your family in prayer continuously.
Shanta, Kennedi, & Kori
June 26, 2015
My deepest condolences to you Mrs. Pinckney and your family. May God bless you all!
Jamie Franklin
June 26, 2015
Condolences to the entire Pinckney family, Church members and the City of Charleston. God Be With You!!
Michielle R. Cannon-Finch
June 26, 2015
May you find peace.
Linda Byrd
June 26, 2015
Dear Mrs. Clemente,
I am so sorry for your loss, and my prayers are with you and your daughters. Thank you so much for allowing us to share in the funeral services today. I learned so much about the wonderful Reverend Clemente and about the amazing AME church. I am in awe of what a wonderful man your husband was and with the inspiring display of prayer and grace by so many amazing people of faith today. The service was so moving and awe-inspiring - I will never forget it. May God bless you and keep you. Sending our love to you, your girls, and your family.
Kelly Barth
June 26, 2015
To the family of the late Rev and Senator C Pinckney. I expressed my deepest sympathy to you. I can't imagine the pain you all are experiencing. May God put His loving arms around you and comfort each and everyone of you. Rev RIP!! Gone too soon.
Margaret Webster
June 26, 2015
To the family of Rev Clementa Pinckney we are so sorry for your lost .....

- Wilma Wright Brown and family (Riveria Beach. Fla)
June 26, 2015
Rev. Clementa made a difference in our lives. I pray peace be upon your family, and that your wife and girls be comforted with peace knowing they were blessed with such a wonderful person in their lives.
Linda DuPont
June 26, 2015
May God forever keep you and the AME families at Mother Emanuel. Mattie Minor...Balls Temple AME..MS
Mattie Minor
June 26, 2015
You were guided by Philippians 4:13 ... I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. Thanks for your service, May God Bless your family.
Mr. & Mrs. JB Kelley
June 26, 2015
May Grace and Peace be you and all of us.
Let is all march forward with the love of God.
Nahketah Bagby
June 26, 2015
I'm so saddened by what's happened. Please know that you and the girls have been in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you during this time and always.
Michelle Goings
June 26, 2015
Lord, I ask you to cover those girls and most of all the wife. I will continue to keep you all in my prayer. Since this had happened, things have really about to changed and your husband is an HERO as he walk on Faith!!! South Carolina is my hometown!! RIP to those 9 lives that had loss there life!!
Travis Atchison
June 26, 2015
Jesus started at 12 and finished at 33. Rev Pinkney Started at 13 and finished at 41.God sent another beloved Son because he knew there was more work to be done. His heart
And love lives on.May you find Comfort In God Care.
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