Healing hands are never forgotten.
Residents across the county are mourning the loss of a local doctor who has touched a plethora of families and patients and cared for their wellbeing.
Dr. James Craig “Pinky” Pinkerton died Feb. 18 after falling ill.
Dr. Pinkerton practiced medicine with Duncan Regional since 1997. He served as an emergency room physician. Dr. Pinkerton, throughout his tenure at Duncan Regional Hospital, worked over EMS for Stephens County, touching on departments like DFD, AMR and rural EMS, among others. Matthew Pinkerton, son of Dr. Pinkerton, has invited community members to attend his father’s funeral.
“I know he has helped and touched so many in this community,” Matthew Pinkerton said. “He helped so many, even financially. He put others above himself.”
CEO Jay Johnson at Duncan Regional Hospital also shared sentiments on Dr. Pinkerton’s passing.
“Our hearts are saddened by the loss of our good friend and peer,” said Johnson. “Dr. Pinkerton was a true friend, colleague, and family man who worked tirelessly to help all of our patients and their families. Our prayers for peace go out to his family and loved ones during this time.
Some of his patients took to social media to share their stories and experiences with Dr. Pinkerton.
One local said his heart hurt hearing the news of Dr. Pinkerton’s passing. According to Clint Parker, Dr. Pinkerton made a difference in his life as a teenager.
“Craig Pinkerton and Lisa Ann Pinkerton taught me to be humble, to love others and more importantly to love God through pain and trials,” Parker wrote.
Services for Dr. Pinkerton took place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 at Ray of Hope, located on Highway 81 and Refinery Road in Comanche. Community members were invited to attend and for those who couldn’t make it, a live stream showed.
The family has set up a fundraiser to help Dr. Pinkerton’s wife through this time.
“There is a fundraiser for my mother … to help with funeral cost and hospital cost,” Matthew Pinkerton said. “I know he was a doctor but he was the sole provider for my mom and without him being able to work, it will be hard for her until we can help her get things figured out … Thank you for all the kind words and prayers for him and my family. He was a very special man (and) dad.”
Helping those in need even after death, Dr. Pinkerton was an organ and tissue donor through LifeShare.
To donate, find the fundraiser at https://www.facebook.com/donate/294689704824897/?fundraiser_source=external_url.