Mrs. Martha A. Alston Pinckney, widow of the late William Pinckney Jr., was the fourth of six children of the late Daniel Ervin Alston and Mary “Pammy” Brown Alston. She was born July 31, 1939 in Horatio. She answered the call of our heavenly father on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at home with her loving family at her side. Martha was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. Early in life she began her Christian journey as a member of Willow Grove AME Church. After marriage, Martha joined and became a faithful member of Wayman Chapel AME Church, where she was a faithful member of the Jubilee Choir, the Sanctuary Choir, Stewardess Board #4, and Senior Usher Board. Martha was a devoted mother and friend. She enjoyed her family, taking care of her mother until her passing while also helping with her great grands. Her grandchildren were the joy of her life and were extremely special to her. She would always say “don’t put those children in daycare bring them to me.” Granny loved all children, grands, nieces, and nephews. She helped raised them all. Traveling was her passion, whether it was with the church, family or friends. Martha’s bags were pack and she was ready to go. Sometimes she would ask “where are the trips this year?” That meant we need to start making plans. Martha was employed at Korn Furniture Plant for over 40 years until her retirement. Martha leaves to cherish her precious memories, two daughters, Connie China and Sylvia Pinckney-Todd of Sumter; one son, Stanley J. Pinckney of the home; one brother, Henry Thomas Alston of Chester, PA, thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends that will cherish her memory. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Friday, February 18, 2022 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Robert China, pastor of Wayman Chapel AME Church, Eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 11:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery, 160 North Kings Highway (Highway 261 North), Sumter.
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