James “Jim” Christopher Pinkston was born February 28, 1961, in Lakewood, California. His parents were Alvin E. and Jean (Nichols) Pinkston. He passed into the arms of his angels on July 5, 2019, at his residence in rural Mountain Grove, Missouri.
He is survived by his daughter, Roxanne Miller (Chad) and granddaughter CateLynn of Angola, Indiana; four sisters and one brother, Ellisa Pinkston-Naumann of Merced, California, Alvin (Beth) of Rapid City, South Dakota, Patricia Osborne (Greg) of Battlefield, Missouri, Kathryn Pinkston Rockwell of Dallas, Texas, and Sandra Starbuck (Robert) of Australia; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jim loved being outdoors. You could find him camping in the mountains of California or in the deserts of Nevada, hiking the bluffs in Missouri, as well as swimming, fishing, and harvesting ginseng. He loved Mother Nature and all her gifts and valued his time in the presence of God’s natural world.
He was a 1979 graduate of Cabool High School and attended SMS (currently Missouri State University) while living in Ozark. He received a bachelor of science degree in botany, a tribute to his love of the earth. Jim was previously employed by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Pollution Control Program in St. Louis, and more recently retired from a position in the Clark County, Nevada, Air Quality Program.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, July 19, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home, 527 Cedar Avenue, in Cabool, Missouri. Jim’s family invites all who knew and loved him to attend the service and share your memories of him.