Rufus Pinkney (1932 - 2016)
Rufus Pinkney was born June 12, 1932 in Palatka, Florida to the late Pearl Estelle Lewis and Rufus Pinkney. He received his public education in Palatka, Florida.
Elder Pinkney traveled extensively preaching and singing at various churches throughout Florida and other states. He was well known for his skills on the Hawaiian Guitar and the Harmonica. During his adolescence years, his family relocated to Miami. Rufus migrated to Deland and he traveled with some friends to Mississippi, where he met and married the late Mary Louise Gray, the love of his life. They were blessed with two children, Sharon and Rufus Pinkney.
He became a successful entrepreneuer, establishing his own shoe shine business in Deland, which he owned and operated until his demise. He was known as an icon in the city of Deland and was highly respected by those he came in contact with.
He leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Sharon A. Pinkney; one son Rufus Pinkney Jr. both of Deland; three sisters, Thelma Brooks, of Miami, Daralean Nelson of Pahokee, Marie Griffith of Bronx, NY; Two brothers: Benjamin Cummings of Miami, Adrian Ashe of Bronx, NY; four granchildren, Lametriss (Aper) Wiley, Rufus Kentrell Pinkney, Madelyn Brockington, Nikeisha (Peter) McLean; seven great-grandchildren and a special great granddaughter Ja-Layah Amahni Louise Wiley, whom he loved and cherished dearly; special nieces, Judy Ann Barr, Angeline Nelson, Charlene Trotman, Kesha Colston; two goddaughters, Attorney Beulah Banks, Alexandra Moyer, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and sorrowing friends.
Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Greater Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus, 316 South Adelle Avenue, DeLand. Beginning at 6:00, a Celebration of Life will take place for Friends and Family to share memories of Rufus' life. The Homegoing Celebration Service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, September 17th, also at Greater Refuge Church, Bishop James B. Darby, pastor. Burial will follow the services at Union Cemetery.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 16, 2016
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
"SHOE SHINE KING"
IN GOD WE TRUST
Mary Louise Gray Pinkney
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