James Herbert Pinkston Jr., 72, of Shell Knob, Mo., died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Aurora Community Hospital in Aurora, Mo.
He was born July 12, 1930, in Haviland, Kan., son of James H. and Lydia (Welch) Pinkston. He graduated from high school in Pratt, Kan., in the class of 1948.
Mr. Pinkston was a veteran, having served his country with the United States Navy during the Korean conflict. He was a tool and dye maker for Cessna Aircraft for most of his life. In 1986, he retired from Cessna and moved his family to Shell Knob. He was a member of VFW Post 2203 in Shell Knob.
On Sept. 13, 1999, in Eureka Springs, he married Frances Minnie Foster, who survives him. He is also survived by five sons, James H. Pinkston III of Valley Center, Kan., Ronald L. Pinkston of Lyndon, Kan., Gary D. Pinkston of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Gregory E. Pinkston of Haysville, Kan., and Russell A. Pinkston of Harrison; a stepdaughter, Josephine Hagen of Streamwood, Ill.; and three grandchildren, Kyleigh Pinkston of Lyndon, Kan., Eden Pinkston and Noah Pinkston, both of Harrison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by two wives, I. Darlene Scholler of Haysville, Kan., and Mary O. Highsmith of Shell Knob, Mo.
Memorial services with military honors were held on Monday, Jan. 13, at the First Christian Church in Shell Knob, with the Rev. Corky Johnson officiating. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Williamson Funeral Home, Shell Knob.