​John Chapman Pinckney



John Chapman Pinckney, Senior, Colonel USAR, (88) died in Pittsboro, NC on February 5th, 2017.

Mr. Pinckney was born in Beaufort County on 11 July 1928 to Mary Agnes Chapman and Clarence Andrew Pinckney. He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 55 years, Hannah McCord “Nancy” Wright, his son John C. Pinckney, Jr., and his sister Anne Pinckney Gardner. He and Nancy were married on April 19th, 1958 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Pinckney Colony.

John was a graduate of Greenwood High School in 1945 and of Clemson College, with a BS in Agricultural Engineering, in 1949. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Armor Division and served on active duty for two years. He then farmed in partnership with his father, Clarence, at “The Point” in Pinckney Colony and remained in the US Army Reserves for the next 30 years, retiring as a Colonel. During his Army career, he attended the U.S. Army Engineering School in 1962, the Command and General Staff College in 1967. He also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District as a Project Manager for over 25 years. John was a long time member of the Bluffton Men’s Club, the Hilton Head Choral Society, and the Clemson Alumni Association. He was a lifelong member of St. Andrew’s Parish, and a devoted member of the church choir. He joined St. Thomas More Parish when he moved to Chapel Hill in with Nancy in 2006.

John and Nancy had eight children: Andrew Bellinger, Mary Holman, Julia Anne (Ruth), Charles Cotesworth, Hannah McCord, Mercer Morris, Frank, and the late John Chapman Pinckney, Jr. who died in a swimming accident in 1978. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, two nieces, and innumerable cousins. Funeral Mass will be at St. Andrew’s Chapel in Pinckney Colony, Bluffton, SC followed by interment in the Pinckney Family Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome for a reception immediately following nearby. Arrangements by Sauls Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Galloway Ridge Tuition Fund in Pittsboro, NC or to the Bluffton Historical Society in John and Nancy’s names.