Leon Ulysees Pinkney, 83, of St. Marys passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at his home.
Leon Ulysees Pinkney fondly known as “See,” was born on Aug. 28, 1935, to the late Emanuel Pinkney Sr. and Mattie Harris of St. Marys. He was preceded in death by his adopted parents, Howard and Clara B. Myers, one daughter, three sisters, six brothers and a grandson.
Ulysees attended the Camden County Training School in St. Marys. At the age of 18 years, he joined the United States Army, proudly serving his country from 1953 to1956. He joined First African Baptist Church during his childhood and served faithfully until his health began to fail. He was employed with the St. Marys Convalescent Center for many years and retired from the City of St. Marys with more than 40 years of service. Ulysees was known for attending city council monthly meetings. His attendance kept him aware of any changes that was happening with the city government.
Ulysees was a loving and caring family man, always sacrificed his time to check on the elder family members. We will forever remember his family slogan, “Hey Cuz.”
On Sept. 12, 1954, Ulysees married his love, the late Laura Bell Sibley Pinkney. To this union, 10 children were born. Their daughter, Cassandra Pinkney Mitchell, preceded him in death.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his devoted and loving wife of 18 years, Rosa S. Pinkney; six daughters, Rose Broomfield and Jacqueline (Alexander) Roberts of Kingsland, Vera Pinkney of Jacksonville, Fla., Celetia Johnson of Lafayette, La., Christie Pinkney of Atlanta and Wendy (Mike) Boyd of New Hampshire; five sons, Peter (Karen) Pinkney of Jacksonville, Fla., Daryl (Deborah) Pinkney of Statesville, N.C., Patrick (Serenda) Pinkney of West Palm Beach, Fla., Cory Pinkney of Atlanta and Ricardo (Clem) Smith of Port of Spain, Trinidad; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Laura Bell Pinkney of Tulsa, Okla., Norma Jean Miller and Eva (Benjamin) Jefferson of St. Marys; three brothers, Dorrie (Sandra) Myers and John (Joyce) Myers of St. Marys and Gary (Loretta) Myers of Apalachicola, Fla.; sister-in-law, Alona Myers of Darien; a very close friend, Deacon Abraham Jones; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at First African Baptist Church in St. Marys. There will be no wake. Interment will be at 9 a.m. Monday, May 20, in the Jacksonville National Cemetery.
Sunset Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.