Marva Ola Britton Pinkney

Marva Ola Britton Pinkney transitioned from this life Saturday, June 8, 2019, after a brief illness.

A Time to be Born

She was born October 27, 1936, in Blackshear to Cearria Leone Austyle Britton and Walter Cleveland Britton Sr. She was the 11th child of 15 children. Preceding her in death was her son, James Lem Pinkney Jr., her parents, as well as seven sisters: Martha, Carnette and Mary Britton, Catherine Young, Elnora Twyne, Charlese Booker, Milease Wells and one brother, Walter Britton Jr.

A Time to Learn

She received her education from the Pierce County School System (Lee Street School) in Blackshear.

A Time to Love

She was married to James Lem Pinkney Sr. from 1953 to 1975 and from that union three children were born. It was rumored that on the day James asked for Marva’s hand in marriage, his face was fiercely slapped by his future mother-in-law. It seems she greeted two of her sons-in-law in that same manner.

A Time for Success

She was an entrepreneur and wore many hats. She was a good cook, great housekeeper, sales clerk and helped establish a family business. She and her family opened a record shop in Coconut Grove and from there to a record and wig shop on Grand Avenue. As success shined its lights on the family a food store was added to the mix and they named it “Pinkney’s 1,2,3, & Almost 4 Store”.

A Time to Move On

Looking for a new adventure, she set her sights on Los Angeles, CA. While residing in California, she had various employment opportunities. Eventually she met the family of Rosalee Turner and became a personal assistant. Rosalee and her daughter, Angela, very quickly became her extended family while residing in California. She remained employed there and as an extended family member until her health began to fail and her children brought her back to Miami, FL.

A Time to Seek God

She was raised with a strong religious foundation, and as she grew, so did her religious curiosity. She was led to become a member of the Seven Day Adventist Church, where she remained until her transition.

A Time for Transition

She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Phyllis Pinkney and Marsha (Norris) Fowler, both of Miami, FL;  five sisters, Paris Bryer and Barbara Britton, both of Jacksonville, FL., Mamie Britton Turner and Charlotte Britton Simpson, both of Blackshear and Billye (Clyde Rivers) Britton,  Woodstock; one brother, Carl (Mary) Britton, Monroe; one sister-in-law, Melvene Britton, Blackshear; seven granddaughters: Octavia Smith Jones, Nicole Lewis (Brian) McKinney, Shauntrell Pinkney, Roshelle Horn, Latarshe McCuthin Johnnice Milton and Miracle Milton; two grandsons, Bennett Williams and Craig Pinkney of Miami, FL.; eight great-grandchildren Craig Austin Pinkney, Chuvel Hannibel, Chuvez Hannibel Jr., Quiana Pinkney, Angel Pinkney, Rosean Wayne, Tavaris Small, Jr., and Alani Jones. She touched the lives of many people and nested in their hearts, however, the special friendships of Patricia Tayler, Tony Heins and Gill Ball were beyond measure — including her canine companions Diamond and Dutchess.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, from the Perrine Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Perrine, FL, with Pastor Canute S. Brown officiating.

Paradise Memorial Funeral Home of Miami, FL, is in charge of arrangements. 

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