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Earl Ray Pinson
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Earl Ray Pinson

Earl Ray Pinson, 95, of 404 Puckett Ferry Road, died on November 18, 2017 at HospiceCare of the Piedmont in Greenwood. He was born May 8, 1922 and was the first child of the late Earl Walker Pinson and Lula Mae Henderson Pinson. He was born in the Saluca Community near Coronaca. He is a direct descendent of John Pinson, Sr., who settled from Virginia along Cane Creek in Cross Hill, SC, before the first census of 1790. He is also a descendent of the Puckett family who operated Puckett’s Ferry across the Saluda River from 1816 to the late 1800’s.

He was born, raised, and lived on the land that his grandfather purchased with bales of cotton in 1892, and that was adjacent to his great grandfather’s farm. A disciplined work ethic was instilled in him from a very early age, a factor that contributed to his long and healthy life.

He attended public schools in Ninety Six and graduated from Ninety Six High School in 1941. He worked in the Dixie Store in Ninety Six until he was promoted to Assistant Manager and transferred to the Dixie Store in Ware Shoals. He was drafted into the Army and departed Greenwood on the train for his basic training on December 7, 1942.

Mr. Pinson rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and served in the 94th Infantry, 301 Regiment. He was in charge of a machine gun crew and saw heavy combat in France and Germany, and was wounded in Germany on January 30, 1945. He received the Purple Heart and numerous other medals. He spent time recuperating from his injuries at Camp Butner, near Raleigh, NC.

He worked as a carpenter on the Self Memorial Hospital when it was being built. He eventually partnered with William J. “Bill” Culbertson, to form Culbertson & Pinson Builders, Inc. This duo built many quality homes in Greenwood and surrounding areas for over 30 years. In fact, they built the first Gold Medallion Home in Greenwood County. Mr. Pinson was described by one of his customers as “the most honest business man I have ever dealt with”. This character trait was notably shared with his grandfather, the late James Andrew Pinson, also known as “Honest Andy Pinson”.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Nell Irene Wells of Laurens, SC, and their first son, Carlisle Ray “Penny” Pinson. He is survived by the following children: James Larry Pinson (Betty Jo) of Saluda, SC, Fred Earl “Freddie” Pinson (Mary), of Piedmont, SC, and Frances Kathy Bouldin of Trinity, NC. He is also survived by his brother, Fred Leroy Pinson (Charlotte) of Coronaca and by grandchildren, great - grandchildren, and great - great- grandchildren.

He was often asked the key to his long, healthy life. His response was; “hard work and treating my fellow-man the way I would like to be treated”. Even though his primary occupation was building homes he also continued to farm the land he was raised on, and his work days were long and hard. He also loved his mountain home near Rosman, NC, and maintained vegetable gardens there and at his home in Saluca.

Mr. Pinson was a long time member of Coronaca Baptist Church and the Clay Grant Sunday School Class. He served as a deacon and on the Buildings and Ground Committee. In fact, he was responsible for repairing the steeple of the church after the tornado damaged it in December 1973. He was faithful to the Lord, his family, and his church until the very end.

The family would like to thank special care givers, Iris Smith, Latasha Reed, Linda Garcia, and Joy Smith for their tender loving care and compassion during his illness. The family would also like to thank his roommate and friend while at National Healthcare, Mr. Billy Coursey, who showed a special love and sense of care and concern for our dad.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the Bethlehem Cemetery in Coronaca, with the Reverend Todd Polatty officiating.

The family is at the home and will receive friends immediately after the service at the graveside.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coronaca Baptist Church, 300 Hwy 246 North, Greenwood, SC.

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2:00 PM
Bethlehem Cemetery

Highway 246
Coronaca, SC 29649

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Bethlehem Cemetery

Highway 246
Coronaca, SC 29649

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Coronaca Baptist Church

300 Highway 246 North
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649

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