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Celebrating the life of

William H. "Bill" Pinson

December 12, 1946 - March 20, 2023

William H.

 William H. “Bill” Pinson, Jr., born December 12, 1946 in Newnan, GA, died at Candler Hospital on March 20, 2023 in Savannah, GA, following an extended illness. He was 76-years-old and predeceased by his oldest daughter, Celia Pinson Iskandar. A graduate of Mercer University, Bill graduated cum laude from Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law where he served as Georgia Survey Editor of The Mercer Law Review, a member of The Moot Court Team, and president of his legal fraternity. The year prior to his senior year in law school, Bill was selected to participate in an exchange student program (sponsored by the College of William and Mary), and spent the summer studying law at The University of Exeter Law School in Exeter, England. This experience was a highlight of his life, as well as traveling throughout Europe with his wife Maxine during their time abroad. This experience provided the impetus for a lifetime of travel in other countries, as well as throughout the U.S., for Bill and Maxine. Following graduation from law school, Bill and Maxine moved to Savannah in 1972, where Bill had a distinguished legal career specializing in civil litigation for forty years. During that time, he served as City Attorney and Recorder’s Court Judge at Tybee Island, named to Who’s Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America, selected as a Georgia “Super Lawyer,” and he consistently received Martindale and Hubbell’s top “AV” rating. In addition, Bill served as Chairman of the Savannah Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, and he was a member of the Georgia State Bar’s Professionalism Committee. Bill was a proud fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, The Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association, The Savannah Bar, The State Bar of Georgia, and a member of the Endowment Board of Historic Savannah Foundation. Bill was also a long-time member of The Oglethorpe Club in Savannah. A man of a deep faith and strong Christian convictions, Bill was a student of the Bible and faithfully taught an adult Sunday School for almost forty-five years. He and Maxine became members of Skidaway Island's United Methodist Church, a few years ago, in order to worship with their daughter and grandchildren. Bill Pinson was the quintessential Southern gentleman. In addition to being well-rounded and well-mannered, Bill was a gifted speaker. He was also a fervent reader and an engaging conversationalist with a rich sense of humor. Most of all, Bill enjoyed relaxing, laughing, and sharing special times with his family. After living in Savannah's Historic District for over fifty years, in a 19th century home they fully restored, Bill and Maxine had just moved into a quieter neighborhood when he became ill. Bill is survived by Maxine, his wife of almost 55 years, his daughter Malyssa Pinson Ashbaugh, and two grandchildren: Ayele Pinson Ashbaugh and Celia Blair Ashbaugh. According to Bill’s wishes, his graveside service will be a private one, and his cremains will be interred in Skidaway Island United Methodist Church's Memory Garden. Online condolences may be expressed through, and memorial donations may be made in Bill's honor and mailed to: The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation/230 E. Ohio St.-Ste. 500/Chicago, IL 60611 or online at:



Sorry to hear this news. I knew Bill and his family my whole life. His daughter Celia was a good friend and I served with Bill on the Davenport Endowment Committee recently. He will be missed.

- Mills Morrison, Savannah, GA

We DuPrees from 1950s Bainbridge send condolences to Maxine and all of the family. We pray that each day you will find God's Peace and Comfort. Blessings, Susan DuPree Mincey

- Susan DuPree Mincey, MACON, GA

Reading through Bill Pinson's many accomplishments, it occurred to me that maybe Ralph Waldo Emerson's words summed up his life. "The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable,to be compassionate,to have it make some difference that you had lived." Bill Pinson's life did indeed seem a life well lived.

- Marty Barnes, Savannah, Georgia

Lost a wonderful Friend as did the Family!

- Wayne Orr, Cumming, GA. 30041

Very sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was a wonderful gentleman, mentor, and a gifted lawyer.

- Richard Dekle & Family, Savannah, Ga.

Mrs. Pinson, I am so sorry to hear this. I have such fond memories of both of you from my childhood. You, Malyssa and your grandchildren are in my prayers.

- Mollie Scheer White, Savannah, GA

We were so sad to hear of Bill's passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

- Tim & Robin Evans, Savannah, GA

A candle has been lit!

My Papa was a very good man. He was so kind and sweet to me. I loved him so much and will miss him, but I know he is in a better place. It is really hard thinking that he is no longer here anymore, but all I want him to know is that I love him so much.

- Celia Ashbaugh, Savannah, GA

My Grandfather was one of the most honorable gentlemen on the planet. He was extremely intelligent probably the smartest man I have ever met, and he had such an good sense of humor that could make anyone laugh at any point in time. He also showed great love to my family and myself always there if we needed him (despite his hearing loss). He was a very devout christian and did a bible study every day showing his commitment to God and the Christian faith. He also was a great role model for me to look up to. the final thing I would like to say to sum this up is that we take things for granted more often then not and I took my Grandfather's time on this Earth for granted. Never take anything for granted because once it's gone it's gone but I love him very much and I know in my heart he is much happier now in Heaven.

- Ayele Pinson Ashbaugh, Savannah, GA

Bill was my first mentor after I became a lawyer. I am so thankful for the chance to learn from him. He was a talented lawyer and a true gentleman.

- Mark H Glidewell, Savannah, GA

Malyssa, Ayele, and Celia I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. God bless you.

- Lisa Veale, Savannah , GA

I'm so deeply sorry for your loss

- Walter family, Golden, CO

I'm so deeply sorry for your loss

- Walter family, Golden, CO

I had the honor and pleasure of working directly for Mr. Pinson for many years and am thankful to have remained in touch with him and his family since his retirement. He was was respected beyond measure on a personal and professional level. His actions towards everyone he encountered reflected the Christian man that he was.

- Donna Nichols, Savannah, GA

Maxine and Malyssa, please accept my condolences. I'm just now hearing about Bill, and heart broken for you all. I have fond memories of him, Celia, and all of you from my childhood. Sending my sympathy your way.

- Margot Meyerhoff, Savannah, GA

Mrs. Pinson and family - I am very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was very kind to me when I was a new lawyer and I learned a lot from him. The first trial I got to work on as a newly minted lawyer was a 2 week trial with Bill in Atlanta. It was a clinic from Bill on how to be a professional in difficult circumstances.

- George Major, Jr, Savannah, Georgia

I was saddened to learn of Bill’s passing just today. I have many memories of him and the Pinson family. He was a respected attorney and wonderful family man. You are all in my thoughts

- Harriet Meyerhoff, Savannah, Ga

Dearest Maxine and Family, our deepest sympathy to you all. May the Peace of God comfort and sustain you. Love, Randall and Shirley

- Shirley Miller, Savannah, Ga

Dear Maxine, how very sorry I am to learn of Billy's death. What a marvelous obituary to describe all his many accomplishments and character. I'm just sorry I didn't know him as well as I know you. I will pray for you, your family, and all those grieving Billy's death.

- Betty Early Dominick, Princeton, NJ

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel