(WADLEY) Tommy Pinkard, “Pink,” as he was known to friends, 66, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 31, 2022, at UAB Medical Center – Birmingham after a brave and brief battle with leukemia.
Tommy was born Dec. 9, 1955, son of the late Doug and Gertrude Pinkard. Tommy was a graduate of Jacksonville State University and became a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in 1975. Tommy loved Jacksonville and JSU and stayed active in campus life through his business, Pink Photo and Camp Pink. He was well known for his ability to know everyone, be everywhere and take all the pictures. He was employed as a Counselor with the CITY Program for 33 years, providing services to at-risk youth. Following his retirement from the CITY Program, he fulfilled a lifelong goal by enrolling at Auburn University, graduating with a B.S. degree in women and gender studies in 2019. During his time at Auburn, he participated in an exchange program and was a student for a semester in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Survivors include his sister, Peggy Pinkard Gooden (Anderson); brother, John William Pinkard (Sue Nell); nephews, Johnny Pinkard (Jackie), David Pinkard (Sheila), Reginald Pinkard, Tommy Pinkard (Yojana) and Lamar Pinkard; niece, Suzette Pinkard and nephew Davin Pinkard. Also mourning his passing are several great-nieces and -nephews and extended family members. In addition, Tommy leaves many good friends, including his lifelong friends, Chris Hill, Mark Wright and Sarah Screven, who treasure his memory and mourn his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Junior Pinkard and by the love of his life, Denise Vinyard.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Hematology and Oncology Unit HOSU on the 8th floor of UAB and UAB’s Palliative & Comfort Care Unit who provided Tommy with superior care, kindness and dignity during his illness.
In accordance with his wishes, Tommy will be cremated, and there will not be a memorial service. In lieu of flowers and to celebrate Tommy’s life, please make contributions to the Tommy Pinkard “Pink” Memorial Scholarship, which was created at Jacksonville State University. Donate by texting GIVEJSU to 91999 or online at www.jsu.edu/givejsu. For questions, contact The JSU Foundation at 256-782-5306.
Well done, good and faithful servant!
Cremation Services of East Alabama, Anniston.