Paul E. Pinkston, age 95, of Beavercreek, Ohio went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Brookdale of Beavercreek Senior Living Center.
Born in Calhoun, Kentucky in 1923, he was the son of Bessie and Finley Pinkston. He lived in Akron, Ohio, working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber as a machinist when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He rose to the rank of Ensign and served as a Flight Instructor for the Naval Air Corp. He was introduced to Mildred “Mickey” Elam, originally from West Liberty, Kentucky, on a blind date. They married in Akron on April 12, 1945. After his discharge from the Navy, Paul helped his father on the family farm in Marietta, Ohio. Paul and his wife later moved with their three children to a farm on Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek where they lived until 1959. At that time, Paul took a job as a machinist at Elano Corp. where he worked until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, wood carving and he wanted to be a beekeeper. Paul was a founding member and deacon of Faith Baptist Church, Beavercreek.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; two sisters; two wives, Mildred and Wanda; and one son, Richard. He is survived by one son, Paul David; one daughter, Jackie; five grandchildren, Matthew, Mark, Tadd, Rebekah and Si; and one great-granddaughter, Keyairah.
Born during the “Roaring 20’s” and raised during the Great Depression, Paul saw the invention of the jet engine, flew Navy planes during WWII, and lived during a time of lunar landings and Mars rovers. He saw the invention of the television and has lived to use smart TV’s with remote controls and streaming. His boyhood home had a crank wall telephone on a party line and a radio for entertainment but he has lived to use cell phones, computers and notepads. From the “Jazz Age”, through the Big Band Era to Rock & Roll to… whatever it is that we have now… 95 years… a long and full life.
Funeral services will be conducted at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3380 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, OH on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 11:00 am; a visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Burial will follow services at South Solon Cemetery, South Solon, OH.
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