William (Tom) Pinkston

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William (Tom) Pinkston of Valley Mills, TX, formerly of Houston, TX passed away Friday, February 19, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 4, 1939, in El Paso, TX.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Houston; mother, Grace H. Craddock and his father William D. Pinkston.

He is survived by his daughter, Tracy and her husband, Thomas Cassity and their son, Andrew; son Jeffery and his children, Christian, Anthony and Raychel.

Tom was a 1960 graduate of Texas A&M. Tom served in the Army from 1960 to 1963. He was an expert sharpshooter with rifles. Tom was a banker in the Houston area from the early 1960’s until the early 1990’s. He was a credit man and very proud to have been a loan officer. During his career personal computers arrived and he was on the forefront. He had a lifelong love of all things computer-related. He did attain his professional dream of owning a bank in Hobby Community Bank in the late 1980’s.

Tom was very interested in many things. Over his lifetime he gardened, raised honey bees, refurbished sail boats, owned multiple investment properties, woodworked, metal worked, volunteered at the Valley Mills Library, etc. His last project was to teach himself how to weld – “I’ve got books”.

Tom’s life love was sailing. During his life he crossed the Gulf of Mexico numerous times with Tracy and Jeff with ports of call in Veracruz & Tampico Mexico, Florida, and the American & British Virgin Islands. He made his sailing homes in Galveston Bay, Lake Waco, and Lake Whitney.

Tom will be greatly missed. He was an inspiration to us all – family and friends alike.

Visitation to be held from 5pm to 7pm, Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Crowder Funeral Home, 2422 E Broadway, Pearland, TX, with a memorial service immediately following at 7pm.


  1. I love you and miss you already Dad.

    Tracy Cassity
    • It’s so amazing that you and your dad rekindled your relationship given your history. It must be beyond words that in the end, he finally took care of you.

      Jennifer Houston
  2. I’m sure he was a wonderful man! So sorry for your loss Tracy.

    Gina Smith
  3. My condolences to Tracy, Jeffery, and families. Although it has been many years since we visited. I shall always remember his keen mind, love of 3D chess (few were brave enough to take him on), and of course sailing. I always considered Tom a Renaissance Man, who could adapt to any surrounding and possessed a great knowledge of many topics. My life is better for having known Tom Pinkston.

    Roger Mott
  4. Jeff, My heart felt condolences are with your family.
    Take care, Kitty

  5. Condolences Tracy and Jeff. I’m sure your dad and my mom are together forever.

    Jennifer Houston

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