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Everlena Pinckney Kinlaw

June 8, 1934 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Everlena Kinlaw Obituary

Everlena Pinckney Kinlaw, a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother received her call from the Almighty King and gained her wings on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

Everlena was born on June 8, 1934, in Cross, South Carolina to the late Willie and Lillie Mae Pinckney. She was the oldest of six children. She was educated in the Berkeley County School District and was valedictorian of her class. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at Jerusalem United Methodist Church. At a young age, Everlena left Cross and relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. She didn't like it. She then moved to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia was her home for more than 70 years.

Everlena had four beautiful children: Theresa, Kenneth, Laverne, and Charmaine whom she adored. She was a single mother who was strong and instilled good family values in all of her children. She always encouraged them to get a good education and go to college. She was very proud of each of them.

She had seven grandchildren: Aaron, Torrin, Jerron, Malik, Jamie, Crystal, and Christopher whom she cherished. She had five adorable great-grandchildren: Jaden, A'ja, Iliana, Iris, and Nevaeh. She was well-loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Everlena met her late husband Singletary Kinlaw in the 1960's at a social event. Cupid shot its arrow, and it was love at first sight. They were married at her parents' home on December 25, 1975, and were married for 45 blissful years. 

Everlena worked for several factories in Philadelphia. Wanting a change and to better herself, she decided to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). She completed her goal and graduated at the top of her class. Upon her graduation, she worked at Willowcrest Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for eight years. She later worked at Cathedral Village Continuing Care Retirement Community for 16 years before retiring. She was given an award for Best Employee of the Year by the president of Cathedral Village during her tenure there. 

Everlena was a faithful member of Phillip Temple Methodist Church in Philadelphia. She raised her children in the church, encouraged them to pray, and demonstrated to them the importance of having God in one's life. Everlena served as the church secretary and was also a member of the Missionary Ministry. She was known as the Praying Warrior. She later attended Devereux Methodist Church where she also played an active role.

Everlena loved her family. At the 2018 Pinckney Family Reunion, held in her home city of Philadelphia, Everlena was honored as the Anchor of the Family and Family Historian. She believed in the Institution of Family and the Power of Prayer.

In addition to her parents, Everlena was preceded in death by her husband, Singletary Kinlaw, sister, Geneva Pinckney Brown, and brothers, Joe Louis Pinckney, Johnny Pinckney, and Autuman David Pinckney. 

Everlena leaves to cherish her memories: her devoted children, Theresa (Herman) Richards of Augusta, GA, Kenneth Pinckney of Cross, SC, Laverne (Renaldo) Williams of Philadelphia. PA, and Charmaine (James) Minick of Columbia, SC; special children whom she loved as her own:  Annie Pearl (Michael) Watkins of Atlanta, GA, Gloria (Kerry) Wilson of Delray, FL, Singletary (Chanda) Kinlaw, III of Lake Whale, FL, Barbara (Buford) Springfield of Tampa, FL, Michelle Riggins, Jeffery (Crystal) Riggins, and Diana (Edward) Henry, all of Philadelphia, PA; brother, Leroy (Peggy) Pinckney of Cross, SC: sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Phyllis Bradshaw, Voris (Karen) Kinlaw, Barbara Bettis, and Bernice Kinlaw, all of Philadelphia, PA, Reverend Jerome (Linda) Kinlaw of Greensboro, NC, Saraphine (Matthew) Bynum of Lane, SC, Dorothy Kinlaw and Cynthia Dungee of Columbia, SC, and Reverend James L. Kinlaw (Gwendolyn) of Richmond, VA: seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; special cousins, Willa Mae Bradshaw, Evelyn Westfield and Lydia Thomas and a host of other relatives and friends. Please adhere to all COVID-19 precautions and guidelines when visiting the family and funeral home. Masks are NOT required but encouraged when visiting the family and funeral home.

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Open Viewing
February 2, 2024

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Eutawville Community Funeral Home Chapel
440 Porcher Avenue
Eutawville, South Carolina 29048

Funeral Service
February 3, 2024

12:00 PM
Jerusalem United Methodist Church
1096 Old Number 6 Hwy
Cross, SC 29436

Interment following funeral service
February 3, 2024

Jerusalem United Methodist Church Cemetery
1096 Old Number 6 Hwy
Cross, SC 29436


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