Samuel Pinkerton, III
In Memory of
Samuel Oscar
Pinkerton, III
1948 - 2020
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Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel
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Condolence: Condolences to Christine and family on Sam's decease. I got to know Christine and then Sam through connections at ETSU and Kiwanis. He was an energetic and curious man with many interests and a good heart. I will miss him.

Henry and Susan
Thursday May 28, 2020
Condolence From: Vaughn Reaves
Condolence: I met Sam in college when we both went to ETSU. Sam was always considered a friend and he was always a great guy. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for his family.
Wednesday May 20, 2020
Condolence From: C. Phil Kestner
Condolence: Sam is a special angel who graced us who knew him in the flesh. I hope to run behind him in the hereafter as I did at DB. I offer my condolences to Christine and the family. I cherish my time with Sam on the DB High School cross-country team. We were a "band of brothers." Civil War history was another passion we shared. It was a pleasure seeing him and Christine at the Tri-City Civil War roundtable. Sam was a kind modest soul but I enjoyed reminding him of his famous Civil War period ancestor who guarded President Lincoln and founded the Pinkerton detective agency. We will miss you, Sam, at least you aren't besieged by Parkinson's disease now. Thank you Christine for all your good care of him.

God bless and keep you all,
C. Phil Kestner

Monday May 18, 2020
Condolence From: David Ramsey
Condolence: To Christine and Sam's family– Please know that my thoughts, prayers and heart are with you at this difficult time. During the 15 or so years I knew Sam, I came to appreciate and admire his infectious personality, his incredible wit and sense of humor and most of all his love for his friends, these Southern Mountains and his precious Christine. I regret that I was not able to spend more time with Sam during the time of his illness.
Monday May 18, 2020
Condolence From: Mary Gilbert
Condolence: We are blessed to have Sam and Chris as our neighbors who welcomed us to Unicoi Co. Sam's impromptu visits would always bless our day. He will be missed. Praying for your comfort Christine.
Sunday May 17, 2020
Condolence From: Lewis Thornberry
Condolence: We met in 1976 during military duty resulting in a meaningful friendship through the decades. We shared military adventures and challenges which helped both of us endure. Sam had a wonderful sense of humor. I enjoyed Sam. He was a keen communicator who was personable with people. His performance as an award winning salesman, his civic responsibility, and success as an event organizer illustrated his abilities. Sam maintained contacts with his friends from the past. He often shared with me those frequent meetings he had with his long time acquaintances. He cared about others. While touring a museum in Martinsville, Virginia, I discovered a prehistoric creature that he had donated to that institution. He often told me of important places to visit which provided artifacts from our national history or prehistory. Kathy and I will miss Sam. He gave more than he received. We love you, Sam. Lou Thornberry
Sunday May 17, 2020
Condolence From: Beverly Wise
Condolence: I am very sorry to learn of Sam's death. My husband and I both taught him . He was a very pleasant young man and a joy to have in class.
Saturday May 16, 2020
Condolence From: Mark Stevens
Condolence: So sorry to hear of the passing of Sam. He was a good friend and a great man. My thoughts are with his family and, especially, his wife and my friend, Chris Tipton. May he rest in peace.
Friday May 15, 2020