Samuel W. Pinkley was born on September 29, 1929, in Parsons, TN. His family relocated to Westport, TN. Here he married and had two daughters. He joined the Army and later married Midori Tanaka of Japan. They lived the military life for over 20 years. During that 20 years, he received "The Bronze Star" for his bravery during one of the two assingments he completed in Vietnam. After retiring from the Army he and Midori settled in Washington State. He briefly worked for the railroad, worked his small farm and managed several rental properties. After the loss of his wife, Midori, in 2009 he settled into quite retirment dealing with chronic lung disease. He delighted in visits with his daughters, Susan Tacker and Peggy Cooper, and the campanionship of his devoted Oksun whom he loved and other extended family members and many friends.
He leaves two daughters Susan (Doug) Tacker, Peggy (Larry) Cooper; three grandchildren-- Heath (Autumn) Bridges, Seth (Jessica) Bridges and Whitney Tacker; six great grandchildren-- Annie Kay and Elin Bridges, Kamryn, Katelynn, and Kyndal Bridges and Cohen Tacker.
He is entombed at the Tahoma National Cemetary in Kent, WA. A private memorial with close family and friends will be held later in the year.