William "Buzzard" Pinkstaff

January 14, 1958 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 66) 66 Years Old

William "Buzzard" Pinkstaff Obituary

“This obituary has been lovingly prepared by the family”

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of William Joseph Pinkstaff, affectionately known to others as Buzzard or Buzz, who died at home Jan. 27, 2024 after fighting a long battle with cancer, which he endured to remain alongside his surviving family and friends. 

Buzzard was born Jan 14, 1958 in Washington, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. and Delphia L. Pinkstaff and siblings, Becky Lynn and Michael Pinkstaff. Then later in life, his two fathers-in-law, Ronald Holmes and JT Jennings, both men he admired and respected. 

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Pamela and his two sons, Joseph (Sarah) Pinkstaff and Samuel (Frances) Pinkstaff and grandson, Holdyn, and his brother Robert (Linda) Pinkstaff. Also grieving him are his surviving mother-in law, Sally Jennings; sister-in-law, Gail Holmes (Ramona Holloway); and brother-in-law, Gary (Tammy) Holmes as well as several nieces, nephews, great nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, other family, and friends near and far who will miss him and his stories dearly. 

Buzzard served in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne from 1977-1980. He was a complex man who had the independent spirit of a cowboy and became an entrepreneur set on blazing his own career path. As an experienced and confident tree climber his knowledge led him to his career as “The Tree Man” (from 1989-2017) where he climbed thousands of trees in hundreds of yards for friends, which is what most people became after meeting Buzzard for the first time. Following his retirement from trees, he joined Water, Wind, and Soil where he was thankful to be part of a company that afforded him new opportunities while allowing his personality to shine and his friend list to grow.

He could be described as unforgettable but unique, colorful, and well-loved also work. Around several towns, he was easily recognizable with his iconic beard and his typical greeting of, “Hey Bubbaloo.” Buzzard enjoyed his family, climbing trees, and caring for his animals. He had an affinity for all things outdoors, guns, and good music! He loved being around people. He never met a stranger nor skipped an opportunity for good story-telling.

A Gathering of Friends will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at J.C. Harwell and Son Funeral Home with a time of sharing at 6:00 PM. To honor Buzzard, fix up and drive an old jeep. If that’s not your thing, please plant a tree! Live life to the fullest! 



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Gathering of Family and Friends
January 30, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home
2157 East Street, SE
Covington, Georgia 30014

Sharing of Memories
January 30, 2024

6:00 PM
J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home
2157 East Street, SE
Covington, Georgia 30014


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