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Pinkham remembered by family, colleagues as good businessman

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Co-owner of Pinkham Lincoln Automotive died Dec. 26

By Kelly Cantrall

A respected local businessman is remembered for his dedication to customers after leaving behind an automotive dealership legacy.

Bill Pinkham, longtime co-owner of Pinkham Lincoln Automotive in Elizabethtown, died Dec. 26 at the age of 60. Pinkham played professional baseball for three years before working with his father, Les, in the family’s car dealership.

Bill Pinkham II, his son, also works at the dealership, and said his father taught him everything he knows. His father helped his grandfather get the business up and running, he said.

“He helped start this store from the ground up,” he said.

Carl Swope, one of the owners of the Swope Family of Dealerships, said he enjoyed the competition with the Pinkhams’ business.

“The Pinkhams are just great people, great competitors,” he said.

Les Pinkham retired in 1996, and Bill and his brother, Steve, purchased the business from him. Bill Pinkham II said his father and uncle stressed the importance of taking care of the customer, just like his grandfather did. As a result, they have many repeat customers and Pinkham has received many calls and emails from residents with kind words about his father.

One call came from a woman who purchased the first Lincoln the dealership ever sold, and has continued to buy cars there ever since, he said. She’s never bought a car anywhere else.

“It’s nice,” he said of hearing from those who have been impacted by his father. “That’s what we continue to try to do today.”

Pinkham said his father was not only a great business owner, but a great father, too.

The elder Pinkham also was heavily involved in youth baseball in Elizabethtown, coaching several league and All-Star teams in the Elizabethtown Area Baseball Commission, as well as various travel teams.

The funeral for Bill Pinkham is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Highlands Funeral Home in Louisville. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.