James E. Pinkston

November 22, 1947November 7, 2018
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James Pinkston, Born 11/22/47 in Carlisle, Ark, Graduated high school and immediately signed up with the US Army, serving 2 years 1967 to 69. He was an Elks Member for 23 years serving in many officer roles including 2 times Exaulted Ruler. Married his wife Dora Oct 17, 1970 who just celebrated 48 yrs.

James, owned a gas station/repair shop for several years before following his wife into the floral business. James and Dora Pinkston owned “Pink Carnation” where they raised both Mike and Christine as little helpers until they sold it in 2007. They sold their business, home and made the life changing move to Mesa, AZ to be closer to their daughter Christine and a much shorter driving distance to Las Vegas, NV where son Michael and daughter Diana lived. James had been working retail since his move to Mesa and making time to help raise grandkids Miguel, Maria and Miquela. James, was a stubborn old man, who loved to laugh. He was witty, sarcastic but a jokester most of all. If it had anything to do with his kids or grandkids he was there, without hesitation.

Survived by Wife, Dora Pinkston of San Tan Valley, AZ, Son Michael Pinkston (Reyna) of Las Vegas, NV Daughter Christine Salas (Salvador) of San Tan Valley, AZ, Daughter Diana Albiston of Las Vegas, NV Grandchildren, Miquela Salas, of San Tan Valley, AZ, Brittany Eicks (Nick) of Las Vegas, NV, Miguelangelo Salas of San Tan Valley, AZ, Marialysa Salas of Santa Fe, NM, Isani Cruz of Las Vegas, NV, Dear friend Ralph Martinez of Las Vegas, NM, Proceeded in death by father and mother- Leon and Sylvia Pinkston, brother David Pinkston, sister’s Verna O’Conner and Jeribeth Pinkston, and granddaughter Victorialyne Salas

Friends may call 10:00 AM, Monday, November 12, 2018, at Mariposa Gardens Cemetery Chapel, 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa, Arizona 85206, where services will be held at 11:00 AM. Interment, Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road, Mesa, Arizona. All are invited to a reception at the family home following the interment.


  • Dora M. Pinkston, Wife
  • Michael (Reyna) Pinkston, Son
  • Christine (Salvador) Salas, Daughter
  • Diana Albiston, Daughter
  • Grandfather of Miquela Salas, Brittany (Nick) Eicks, Miguelangelo Salas, Marialysa Salas, Isani Cruz, and dear friend of Ralph Martinez. Preceded in death by parents, Leon and Sylvia Pinkston, Brother David Pinkston, sister's Verna O'Conner and Jeribeth Pinkston, and granddaughter Vitorialyne Salas.


  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018

James E. Pinkston

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Elizabeth Graff

November 14, 2018

My heart is sadden I will miss you forever james..... prayers for all the family. You were not only a co-worker you were my friend. You reminded me so much of my dad,we had so much fun Teasing each other you called me Bob and i called you Sarah for a very long time it was just out thing. And yes you started that. Loved it!! Even though we had a falling out at one point, we made amends and I am so glad we did.RIP MY DEAR FRIEND......

Amanda Azzarello

November 12, 2018

I called James, Jame-is. That is how my little brother pronounces his own name and the two are so very much alike. Both are funny, sarcastic, and give me a run for my money when it comes to seeing who can bring the most sass to the party. I did not know James for a long period of time, as I have only worked at Target for about 6 months. But then again, I think that speaks volumes for just how much he means to our Target family. In the short time that I have worked at our store, James made a real impact on my life. He was always the one to make me laugh and smile, no matter how I was feeling the rest of the day. He was one of the hardest workers, but always found a way to joke around as he got the job done. I remember my very first day. The first thing I remember about that day was watching Tina and James poke fun at each other and playfully shove each other at the time clock. I knew that these people, were my kind of people. Life is too short to be serious and boring. I think that James knew this, too. You have to find your own way to have fun and be happy, and James always did. I know for a fact our Target family will miss him for a long time.

Kathy Calkins

November 12, 2018

I still can't believe you are gone. My heart is sad but the memories I have of you will always be with me. James,you were a great person ,coworker but most of all friend. You made sure I always had a ride to and from work, you even called me when you were in the emergency room. You cared so much for your family and friends. I am going to miss our lunch outings and the gossiping. Lol Thank you for treating me like family. James I am truly honored to call you my friend. Thank you for being there when I needed help. I am truly going to miss you! Rest in paradise and seen you again.. Kathy

Jim Pfister

November 11, 2018

I worked with James at Target. He was very well liked and a hard worker. When I started there he had shown me around a bit. Just want to send my thoughts to his family as I am not able to attend the services Monday.

Tina Young

November 10, 2018

Love and prayers to all of the Family. James was a great co-worker and friend. I will always remember how he always teased me and when I left work how he would always say thank God and Greyhound she's gone such fond memories of a wonderful man