Pinkney Dinkins Jr., 79, departed this earthly life on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at KershawHealth Medical Center at Camden.

Born on May 1, 1938, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Pinkney Dinkins Sr. and Sarah Atkinson Dinkins. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and Boces Technical Trade School, White Plains, New York. He was a member of Willow Grove AME Church.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 59 years, Francis R. Dinkins; one son, Roy Dinkins of Westchester County, New York; one brother; five sisters; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Willow Grove AME Church, 8105 Sumters Landing Road, Rembert, with the Rev. Wallace Preston, pastor, eulogist.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 6750 Light House Lane, Rembert.

The remains will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.

The procession will leave at 1:20 p.m. from the home.

Burial will be at Willow Grove AME Church cemetery.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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