LeShanta (Russell) Pinckney

May 2, 1980 ~ August 14, 2019 (age 39)


LeShanta Russell Pinckney, MSN, APRN, FNP

LeShanta “Shanta” Denise Russell Pinckney was born May 2, 1980 in Elizabeth, NJ, to Ms. Ruby Crawford and the late Mr. Leroy Russell. The Lord called her to eternal rest on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

At an early age, Shanta moved to Great Falls, SC.  As a child, she attended Aimewell Baptist Church in Blackstock, SC.  After relocating to Columbia, SC, Shanta became a member of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road. During her journey through life, she was given the plan of salvation and accepted Christ as her personal Savior. 

In 1998, Shanta graduated with honors from Great Falls High School, Chester County School District. In 2002, she graduated from USC Spartanburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and received the Nursing Student of the Year Award.  She became a member of the Xi Iota City-Wide Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated in Spartanburg, SC and later served as Chapter President. She continued to support the sorority’s founding principles.  In 2010, She earned her Master of Nursing degree in Informatics from Phoenix University, for which she became board certified.  In 2018, Shanta’s dream to make a greater impact on the health and wellbeing of others became a reality.  She was awarded the 2018 Elizabeth H. McCullough High Potential Employee Scholarship and in 2019 completed Purdue University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.  On August 5, 2019, she passed her board certification to become an Advance Practice Registered Nurse (FNP). 

Shanta was employed as a registered nurse at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, SC and later at Richland County Health Department in Columbia, SC. Most recently, she was employed as a Registered Nurse in Clinical Informatics at Prisma Health Hospital in Columbia, SC.

In 2005, she married her loving and devoted husband William Alexander “Alex” Pinckney, II.  She was a nurturing mother to their two beautiful children.  She encouraged their involvement in extracurricular activities and volunteered with the PTO and Girl Scouts.  Shanta was a dedicated and compassionate wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.  She had a beautiful spirit and always wore a smile.  Moreover, Shanta loved caring for people and enjoyed coordinating events to bring her family and friends together to fellowship.

Shanta has made a lasting impact on many lives. With her beautiful smile and compassionate spirit, she will forever be in the hearts of many. In loving memory of Shanta, the family urges everyone to always fellowship in love, mend broken relationships, and do your part to make this world a better place as she endeavored to do.

Shanta was preceded in death by her father, Leroy Russell.

She leaves the following persons to cherish her beloved memories: her devoted and loving husband, William Alexander Pinckney, II; daughter, Alexis Denise Pinckney, and son, William Alexander “Trey” Pinckney, III, all of the home; mother, Ruby Gladden Crawford of Clover, SC; parents-in-law, Reverends William and Shirley Pinckney of Cross, SC; seven sisters: Mary (Joe) Barnes of Clover, SC, Mamie Miles of Roselle, NJ, Joan (William) Albertson of Charlotte, NC, Pattie Pringle of Kenansville, NC, Faye (Van) Simmons and Diana Humphrey both of Kinston, NC, Joanna Cuffie of Newark, NJ; two brothers, Brandon (Tatiyona) Crawford of Richburg, SC and Gary Graham of Jacksonville, NC; two sisters-in-law, Joan Pinckney of Cross, SC and

Cindy (Jeremiah) Graham of Ladson, SC; one goddaughter, Sha’Kiya Cook of Great Falls, SC; two godsons, Jeffrey Bell, Jr of Great Falls, SC, Nyeem Joshua Joyner of Charlotte, NC; aunts; uncles; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, sorors, and friends.   


“Safe in His Arms”

Because the Lord is my shepherd
I have everything I need
He lets me rest in the meadow's grass
And He leads me beside the quiet streams
He restores my failing health
And He helps me to do what honors Him the most
That's why I'm safe, safe in His arms

When the storms, when the storms of life
Are raging and the billows roll

When the storms, when the storms of life
Are raging and the billows roll

I'm glad He shall hide me safe in His arms
I'm glad He shall hide me

Safe in His arms

It was then that I carried you."

- by Mary Stevenson

There will be no viewing after the eulogy. The final resting place will be in Eutawville Community Funeral Home Cemetery.

Friends and family may call and visit the residence of her husband, William Alexander Pinckney, II at 146 Cape Jasmine Way, Lexington or the funeral home.

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August 19, 2019

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Eutawville Community Funeral Home
440 Porcher Ave P.O. Box 176
Eutawville, SC 29048

August 19, 2019

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bible Way Church
2440 Atlas Road
Columbia, SC 29209

Funeral Service
August 20, 2019

1:00 PM
Bible Way Church
2440 Atlas Road
Columbia, SC 29209

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