A Visitation and Memorial Service celebrating Pinkney Newell’s life will be held Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Meyers Northland Chapel Parkville, MO. The Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., with the Celebration of Life commencing at 2:00 p.m. with Ginger Pudenz officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter (F.O.P.A.S.) or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s. Memories of Pinkney and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com
Pinkney “Pink” William Newell, 71, joined the Lord, surrounded by his loved ones after a long, brave battle with Parkinson’s disease on October 6, 2023.
Pinkney was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to P.J. and Marjorie Newell. He graduated from Jefferson City High School. He then attended Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State), University of Missouri and Georgia Tech University culminating in bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees in education. He taught math in Ashland and Ritenour school districts and was a high school counselor in Jefferson City before working with the Missouri Department of Education, eventually becoming a regional director for Social Security Disability.
If you knew Pink, you knew he loved his daughters, his grandchildren, his wife of 38 years, his extended family, his pets, music and Volkswagens (though not necessarily in that order!) He loved a good story, laughter and making friends with people from all walks of life. To know Pinkney was to love him.
Pinkney was recently preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Michele (Hyder) Newell; his daughter Erica Canlas, (Ben) and grandchildren Ava, Tate and Nora, Columbia, Missouri; daughter Emilie Newell, Marina del Rey, California, and siblings Judy Wylie, Jefferson City, Missouri and John Newell (Debbie), Las Vegas, Nevada as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.