CONNEAUT, Ohio - East Liverpool native Thomas R. "Tom" Pinkerton Sr., of Conneaut, Ohio, was received into the arms of Jesus at the age of 72 on Sunday evening, March 9, 2014, following a vehicular accident near Albion, Pa.
A son of the late Hollie C. and Daisy B. Gamble Pinkerton, he was born in East Liverpool on Aug. 23, 1941.
Tom had served with the U.S. Navy after which he became an over-the-road truck driver for 35 years, and was an owner/operator of his own truck, most recently working for Anchor Motor Freight, hauling automobiles from the General Motors plant in Lordstown.
His Apostolic Pentecostal faith was very important to him throughout his life, and he belonged to the Abundant Life Fellowship in Meadville, Pa. Tom was a solid influence to countless young people and treated them all like his own, especially those who needed it the most. He had a heart of gold and loved sharing his joy of life with anyone who would follow - friends and strangers alike.
He was also a member of the Conneaut Fish & Game Club for over 20 years, and had traveled the world around to pursue his natural love of fishing. One of his greatest joys was sharing that interest with others, whether it was teaching a beginner or preparing a meal from "the catch of the day" for friends.
Tom is survived by his five children: Deborah McCoy and her husband, Michael, of East Liverpool; Connie Lovett and her husband, James Jr., also of East Liverpool; Thomas R. Pinkerton Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Steven Pinkerton of Austintown; and Aaron Pinkerton and his wife, Rebecca, of Conneaut; along with their mother, Mary.
There are two sisters, Shirley Delposen of East Liverpool and Marty Williams of Winchester, Va.; along with a brother, Hollie "Bub" Pinkerton, of Elkton. Seven grandchildren also survive: Chris, Jessica, Sarah, Desiree, Dylan, Haley and Jaden; as well as seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may visit the Dawson Funeral Home on Friday, where the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Services will be held at the Dawson Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, officiated by the Rev. David E. Bault of Abundant Life Fellowship, assisted by the Rev. Robert Ferguson.
Burial will take place at Columbiana County Memorial Park, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide full military honors. Committal prayers will be said by the Rev. George White of Christian Life Tabernacle.
View Tom's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com