Paul Foss Pinkstaff


Paul Foss Pinkstaff, 89, Tamaroa and formerly of Sumner, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 at Carbondale Memorial Hospital. He was born in Pinkstaff on June 11, 1931 to Charles J. and Beulah E. (Foss) Pinkstaff. On August 13, 1949 Paul married Diane Tarpley in Franklin, Kentucky, and she survives. Paul was a member of the Beulah United Methodist Church, a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and was active in forming programs and activities for handicapped individuals. He worked for many years at Texaco Refinery. Surviving family includes his wife Diane (Tarpley) Pinkstaff; two daughters, Sally McDaniel and husband Alan of Palestine, Susan Mays of Du Quoin; five granddaughters; two step-granddaughters; 13 great-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; five step-great-grandchildren; five step-great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Pinkstaff and his wife Kay of Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beulah (Foss) Pinkstaff; one daughter, Nancy Pinkstaff; one son-in-law, Johnnie Mays; one sister, Betty Boren; one brother, Charles Junior Pinkstaff; one grandson; and mother-in-law, Gladys Gillespie. A graveside service will be held for Paul at 2 p.m. in the Bridgeport City Cemetery. A walk-through viewing will be held at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bridgeport from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Online condolences can be sent to the family at