Michael “Pinky” Pinkston passed away at the age of 61. He was born in San Pedro, California, to parents Bennie and Rosemary Pinkston.
ln 1978, Michael joined the United States Army. He relocated to Evanston in 1995, where he was employed at Pizza Hut, Jubilee and, for the past 11 years, Walmart.
Pinky met the love of his life, Brenda Cook, whom he married Nov. 30, 2016. He had a son, Mark, and two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Lucas, whom he loved dearly.
Pinky’s hobbies included riding his Harley, hunting and playing various card games with friends. He spent a lot of time playing in dart competitions with close friends he considered family.
Pinky is survived by his three siblings, James Pinkston, Pamela Pinkston-Santillo (John), and Kenneth (Helen) Pinkston; his son, Mark Pinkston; two grandchildren, Mackenzie Pinkston and Lucas Pinkston; wife, Brenda Cook; extended family; four aunts; two uncles; his father and mother-in-law; nieces and nephews; lots of cousins; and his best friend of 25 years, Dusty Potter, along with her family, Cole, Mckenzie, Kori and Stormy Potter.
Pinky is preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Rosemary, as well as his grandparents.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Knights Inn in Evanston.