Funeral Services Held December 28 For Community Leader Guy C. Pinckley



Funeral Services Held December 28 For Community Leader Guy C. Pinckley

Mr. Guy Comer Pinckley of Allardt, TN, who was deeply involved in community activities, passed away December 24, 2013 24 of a heart attack in Cape Girardeau, MO. He was 83.

Born January 16, 1930 in Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Pinckley was a 1948 graduate of York Institute, and graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in History.

He served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1952.  During his service, Guy participated in the historically significant Berlin Air Lift which marked the beginning of the Cold War and was awarded the Humanitarian Service Award.

He worked for Stromberg-Carlson, a telecommunications equipment and electronics manufacturing company, before joining three other men to found Falcon Communications in 1967. A few years later, he and long-time friend W. F “Buck” Provance became the sole owners.

Falcon Communications was established to provide affordable telecommunications equipment to small rural telephone companies. As it grew, Falcon also responded to emergency requests for telephone service after natural disasters all over the United States, including Guam and Puerto Rico.

In 1986, Falcon moved its headquarters from Crosset, AR., to Malden, MO., which is the hometown of Mr. Pinckley’s wife, Claudine Pinckley.   Mr. Pinckley lived there and in Allardt, TN. In both towns, he and Claudine were very active in civic and educational activities.  Some of which were:   In Tennessee, he served on the Advisory Board of York Agricultural Institute and the Fentress County Children’s Center. With his half-sister, Diana Pinckley, he founded a dual-enrollment program they named for their father, Dr. Guy C. Pinckley. The Pinckley Family Scholarship Fund enables high-school juniors and seniors of Fentress County to take college courses, at no cost to them, while they are still in high school. Mr. Pinckley also supported the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides free books to children of Fentress County.

While in Missouri Mr. Pinckley was a member of the Malden City Council. He was a member of the Optimist Club which is very involved with children.  Guy was a founding member, and Board Member, of the Bootheel Education Center, a satellite campus in Malden for Southeast Missouri State University and Three Rivers Community College.  Guy was a member of the President’s Council of Southeast Missouri University.

In 1999, Southeast Missouri University awarded Guy and Claudine with its prestigious “Friend of the University” Award. This award recognizes those who support and are closely associated with the mission, purposes, plans and programs of the University, is the highest honor bestowed by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

In 1998 Guy was presented with Missouri Senate Resolution No. 1992 that read in part: “We, the Members of the Missouri Senate, join unanimously in commending Guy Pinckley for his public and anonymous work on behalf of students, sports and educational programs in Malden schools which led to his being named Malden ‘Citizen of the Year’”.

In 2009 Senate Joint Resolution No. 395 of the State of Tennessee was presented to Guy and Claudine congratu-lating them for “their receipt of the Cumberland Business Journal’s 2009 Ovation Award for being the Best Corporate Citizens, commending them for their laudable and astute service to the good people of Tennessee”.

Roane State Community College recognized Guy and Claudine for their “vision and financial support” in helping to establish the Fentress County Higher Education College established in 2004.  Guy and Claudine were also presented the Chancellor’s Award by the State University & Community College System of Tennessee in 2010.

Guy always loved Fentress County and the people who live here, especially the children of Fentress County.  Guy was a big believer in education and wanted the children of the county to acquire as much education as they could.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.