William Eugene “Bill” Pinson, 78, passed away at his home in Ashland, Kentucky on December 29, 2020. He joined the US Air Force in 1962 and retired in 1991 as a Chief Master Sergeant (E9) after serving 29 years of active duty service in the Civil Engineering Squadron. Bill was a decorated veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and travelled extensively in Europe, Middle East and the United States. He was a proud member of RED HORSE (Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer). He loved serving his country and the brotherhood of service members.
Bill was born on January 27, 1942 in Pikeville, Kentucky to the late Eugene Pinson and Elizabeth “Ruth” Jackson Pinson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Paul Lewis Pinson.
Bill was a 1959 graduate of Ashland High School. He was an avid fan of the Ashland Tomcats/Kittens and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. While in the Air Force, he played and umpired softball, refereed basketball and was on a travelling team of referees for American football in Italy. He loved playing cards, mostly pinochle, which began while in the Air Force. He was always asking, “Do you play pinochle?”
After the Air Force, Bill moved to Texas where he worked as Director of Maintenance serving 3 independent school districts. After almost 20 years in the school maintenance business, Bill retired and move back to Ashland, Kentucky, his hometown since the 5th grade.
Bill was a member of First Baptist Church of Russell and one of his favorite Bible verses is Romans 5:8. He was a proud Kentucky Colonel for many years. Bill loved golfing, camping, snowmobiling in Yellowstone and tubing down the Guadalupe River.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years, Silver Pinson of Ashland, a sister Virginia Tipton (Boyd) of Ashland, his aunt Helen Lazear of Lexington, a sister-in-law Sharon Pinson of Ashland, 2 nieces, 2 nephews, several great nieces and nephews, cousins and good friends.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East by Pastor Ken Gowin. Due to Covid-19 there will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to Community Hospice, 1790 Carter Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101 or to the Lew Body Dementia Association at www.lbda.org/donate/.
Steen Funeral Home has been entrusted with services. To share a memory of Bill or to leave a condolence for the family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com.
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