I never had the pleasure of meeting the late Don Pinkerton. I wish I had.
Those who knew him can’t say enough about how compassionate he was and how he devoted much of his life helping those in need.
Pinkerton, who died in 2005, was president of RPR Construction in Tyler and served stints on Tyler City Council and Smith County Commissioners Court. He often do-nated to charitable causes and served as a board member of The Salvation Ar-my — an organization he was passionate a-bout.
After Don died, his wife, Pat, founded the Don Pinkerton Mem-orial Charity Golf Tournament to continue her husband’s legacy of giving.
To date the annual tournament has raised nearly $300,000 to fund programs of the Salvation Army in Tyler.
“The Salvation Army is truly fruitful in every good work,” Mrs. Pink-erton once told the Tyler Morning Telegraph. “Don was so proud to serve on the Salvation Army Board because this wonderful organization has always been so faithful to the daily fulfillment of God’s instructions through their many outreach programs.”
The tournament and Ladies Game Day is set for April 7 at The Cascades Golf Club in Tyler. Participants must register in advance by calling 903-592-7166.
Activities will include a charity ball drop, silent auction and chance to buy tickets to a raffle. A four-man scramble will begin at 1 p.m. and table games will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Maj. Ben Lawrence, commander for The Salvation Army in Tyler, said the money raised will help people in our community.
“Unfortunately, the number of people seeking assistance through our programs and services, many for the first time in their lives, continues to increase, and it is due to the generosity and support of the Tyler community that we are able to continue helping the lost get back on their feet,” Lawrence said in a news release.