Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC


Luther Eugene Pinkerton

April 22, 1937June 14, 2020

Luther Eugene “Gene” Pinkerton, 83, of Hickory, passed away quietly on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at his residence. Gene was born April 22, 1937 in Buncombe County to the late Grady M Pinkerton and Orphia L. Swainey Pinkerton. A class of 1955 graduate of Biltmore High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. Gene was co-founder and owner of Mecklenburg Roofing in Charlotte and founder and owner of Wicker Imports of Southport, NC. He was also a Trustee and member of The Chapel Church of Hickory.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim Pinkerton, Fred Pinkerton, Tom Pinkerton, and Bob Pinkerton.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Patricia G. Pinkerton of the home; sons, Charles “Skip” Pinkerton and wife, Nancy of Kings Mountain, NC and Kenneth B. Pinkerton and wife, Linda of Stanfield, NC; daughter, Debbie P. Brown and husband, Chip of Charlotte, NC; stepsons, Lenny Shoemake and wife, Pam of Rutherford College, NC and Gary Shoemake and wife, Terry of Southport, NC; stepdaughters, Sandra Reid of Rutherford College, NC and Cindy Meadows and husband, Art of Conover; sisters, Louise Stroup of Greenville, SC and Mary “Kitty” Bryson of Fletcher, NC; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at The Chapel Church of Hickory with Rev. Dr. Dale Watts officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Chapel Church of Hickory, 410 26th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Condolences may be sent to the Pinkerton family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

The Pinkerton family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.


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Luther Eugene Pinkerton

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