James E. PINKSTON

(Jan. 9, 1929 – July 5, 2008)

James (Jim) Elmer Pinkston passed away at Valleyhaven Guest Home in Chilliwack, B.C. on July 5, 2008. He was 79.

James was born in the small community of Tres Piedras, New Mexico, on Jan. 9, 1929 and went on to see much of the world.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and retired in the late 1960s. He served in Japan, Germany, parts of the U.S., and other countries of the globe.

Although as a young man he did not graduate high school, his keen intelligence allowed him later go on to successfully complete a master’s degree in data processing in San Diego, California, and he also taught in the same field at the university level.

Jim also served as director of data processing for Alaska Railroads in Anchorage, Alaska.

He was a life-long learner and avid newspaper reader who kept up with current events worldwide. Those who had the pleasure of meeting James were struck by his kindness, easy demeanor and gentlemanly ways.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, James Elbert Pinkston and Zelma E. Pinkston; his sisters: Phama Pinkston, Ouida Schofield; two of his children: Linda Kay Pinkston and Gary Pinkston.

James is survived by his wife, Mary Isabel Parr-Pinkston of Chilliwack; brother, Sid Pinkston; sister, Joyce Vance; children: Ronald Pinkston, Randy Pinkston, and Rebecca Scarbourgh;  seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.