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The Rev. Dr. Charles T. Pinkston, 87, born March 19, 1929, in Union County, KY, died Nov. 12, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances; three children, Stephen (Jeanne) Pinkston, Versailles, Ruth Pinkston, Lexington, and David (Kay) Pinkston, Ashland; four grandchildren, John (Katie) Pinkston, Elizabeth (Matthew) Jones, Chris (Meagan) Pinkston, and Laura (Derek) Niffenegger; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Wilma (James) Vaughn, Punta Gorda, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, John G. Pinkston and Mabel Pinkston Powell. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. While attending Asbury College, he met and married his wife and partner in ministry. It has been said that, "We remain devoted to each other until one gives the other back into the hands of God." This was displayed well in their life together. He was a graduate of Asbury College, attended Asbury Theological Seminary, and completed his graduate studies at Emory and Duke universities. He received his Doctor of Divinity from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Charles received his call to the ministry at the young age of 10. His belief was, "If you can't live it, don't preach it." He was a pastor who loved people. He made many pastoral visits. His goal was to be in the home of every parishioner at least once during his tenure at that particular church. He was an active Methodist minister for 50 years. He served churches in both the Louisville Conference (Hampton Circuit) and the Kentucky Conference; Mt. Zion (Shakertown), Campbellsburg-Sulphur, Trinity (Winchester), Harrodsburg, Versailles, Georgetown, and Epworth (Lexington). He served as District Superintendent of the Ashland District and Conference Superintendent of the Redbird Missionary Conference. He was chairman of the Conference Mission Board, and served on the boards of the Conference Historical Society, Wesley Village, and Lindsey Wilson College. He was a delegate to the World Methodist Conference in Hawaii. He served twice as president of the Winchester-Clark County Ministerial Association, president of the Bluegrass Ministerial Association, and Director of Adult Work in the Lexington District. He was a Kentucky Colonel. After his retirement, he worked at Milward Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Milward Funeral Home, Broadway, Lexington. Services will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. at Versailles United Methodist Church with burial following at Springhill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Versailles United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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