He was born in Double Springs, Ala., on July 13, 1929, a son of the late W. L. & Viola Mae Pinkard.
He was a minister of the Church of God for over 60 years.
He was a Native American Cherokee Indian of the Echota Tribe of Alabama. He was a devoted family man and pastored many churches throughout his lifetime.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Pinkard; two brothers; and two sisters.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory one daughter, Debbie Lesley and her husband, the Rev. Ron Lesley; grandson, Jeremy Lesley and his wife, Kym, and their children Hannah, Jeremiah and Ryver; three sisters and three brothers, all of Alabama; numerous other extended family members; and host of special friends.
A graveside service is planned for Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. CST in the Fairview Baptist Cemetery in Double Spring, Ala. with the Rev. Ron Lesley, Jeremy Lesley and the Rev. Neal Pinkard officiating.
The family will receive friends today from 2 until 6 p.m. in the chapel of Companion Funeral Home, located at 2419 Georgetown Road in Cleveland.
You are encouraged to share a memory of L.R. and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial webpage and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
The Cody family is honored to assist the Pinkard family with his arrangements.