Lois Pinkston, born in Voca, Texas September 23, 1914, went home to be with her Lord, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 in Muenster, Texas.
Her parents, John and Ida Whiteley, preceded her in death. Mrs. Pinkston, the youngest and last surviving of five siblings, was preceded in death by her husbands, Tom Carroll (1983) and William Pinkston (2000).
She is survived by her son, Herman Carroll and his spouse, Gwen, who live in Muenster, Texas; her son, Jimmy Carroll and his spouse, Carolyn, who live in Tyler, Texas; and her daughter, Vicki Gillett and her spouse, Michael, from Orlando, Florida.
Mrs. Pinkston is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren, all still living. Mrs. Pinkston grew up in West Texas where she spent most of her adult life.
She and her first husband were self-employed in Eldorado and Ozona. When she remarried, she eventually relocated to Muenster. She was an avid football fan, particularly the Dallas Cowboys, and enjoyed watching golf.
She was a woman of many talents: an expert seamstress, builder of homes from the foundation up, business owner and resourceful employer. She had an incredible work ethic and set a tremendous example for all. She was a woman of great wisdom who loved to tell stories about life. She never met a stranger and welcomed others into her home.
While Mrs. Pinkston did things on the spur of the moment, she also was a planner and planned her own funeral with her daughter. The funeral was held July 22 at First Baptist Church in Muenster and burial was held July 23 in Eldorado. Rev. Ralph Gourley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Muenster, was an incredible friend to Mrs. Pinkston. He officiated at her service and provided steady support for the family. Passages of scripture shared were the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23, Isaiah 40:31 and Proverbs 31:10-31. Her son-in-law, Michael Gillett sang “Softly and Tenderly” and “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart” and Brenda Read and Vicki David, First Baptist Church Praise Team members, led the funeral attendees in “Blessed Assurance,” “Amazing Grace,” and “I’ll Fly Away.”
Arrangements were under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.
The family thanks the employees of Muenster Health and Rehab, Muenster Hospital, Muenster Home Health and Nocona Hospital. Their special love and care for Mrs. Pinkston will always be remembered. Heartfelt thanks also go to the many friends, First Baptist Church in Muenster and Eldorado Community Baptist Church who provided food for the family.
The family requests memorials be made in memory of Lois Pinkston to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 581, Muenster, Texas 76252.