Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Born: 9/11/1909

Died: 1/7/1976

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Kathryn Pinson, 87, of Hugo, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on the morning of Jan. 1, 2013, in Bonham, Texas. Kathryn was born on July 31, 1925, in Bennington, to Arthur Murray and Luella (Jones) Murray. Following Luella’s death in January of 1934, Arthur later remarried, and Arthur and Alma Murray continued to raise Kathryn

On Aug. 15, 1945, better known as “V-J Day”, while attending Arizona University, she caught the eye of Leslie Clay Pinson of Barboursville, W.V. To this day he will tell you that it was love at first sight. Following his honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II, he resumed his pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. He also picked up where he left off in attempting to woo Kathryn. They married in Nogales, Ariz., on March 22, 1947. During their early years, they were involved in the farming industry in Arizona. In the late 1950s, they left farming when he took employment with Hughes Aircraft in Tucson, Ariz. By then, they had two daughters, Carey and Becky, and a son, Clay. In 1964, the Pinson Family moved to Texas, when Leslie Clay Pinson accepted an opportunity to work with Campbell Soup Company’s new plant in Paris. In the Spring of 1968, Kathryn and “Les,” as she called him, purchased the Village Inn Motel and later Marbut’s Restaurant, located next door; it become the Village Inn Motel and Restaurant. Later, they purchased the Karriage House Motel and expanded into the longtime goal to own and operate a cattle ranch, which was named the 5P Ranch. Kay and Clay had been married over 65 years and their relationship was something very special to see. Kathryn and Leslie Clay Pinson’s children blessed them with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Carey and Bill Warren of Fort Towson have two daughters, Kelly and Lendy; Kelly and Brett Brame of Miller Jumbo have two sons, Zach and Garrett; Lendy and Kooney Duncan reside near Noble; Becky and Hank Dennis have a daughter, Lynn, and a son, Cody; Cody and Andrea Dennis have a son, Cody Jr., and a daughter, Ally Kay, and all reside in Wanette; Preston Clay and Eva Pinson and son, Sam, reside in Heath, Texas; daughter Tillie Pinson resides in Rockwall, Texas

Her brothers, Grover and William, formerly of the Bennington area, preceded her in death.