Sarah Nichols was born in Savannah on July 3, 1929, to Fenwick T. Nichols, Jr. and Lilian A. Nichols. She married Miles M. Pinckney. As a child she attended the First Baptist Church of Savannah.
Miles McSweeney Pinckney, Jr., was born in Savannah on February 3, 1930, the son of Miles M. and Margaret (Penton) Pinckney. He attended Savannah public schools and Porter Military Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. He married Sarah Nichols in 1950.
Miles fought with the 4th Ranger Company during the Korean War. He made a combat jump as a Platoon Sgt. at Munsa-an-ni, the scene of Operation Tomahawk on March 23, 1951, an attempt by U.S. airborne troops to cut off retreating Chinese Communist and North Korean army forces, during which he was wounded and subsequently received the Purple Heart. He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. After serving in the Army, he was an R.O.T.C. instructor at Benedictine Military School from 1969 until 1974. He also retired from American Cyanamid and Kemira.
Miles was a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and was a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Ogeechee Canal Society. Sarah was a founding member of the Bonaventure Historical Society and was a member of the Georgia Historical Society, the Savannah Area Genealogical Association, and supported the Ogeechee Canal Association. She and her husband had two children, David and Laura.
Miles Pinckney died Saturday, January 24, 2015, age 84. Sarah Nichols Pinckney died on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at age 88. They are both buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.
The Miles and Sarah Pinckney Fund was created in 2018 by a bequest from Sarah’s estate, ensuring that their commitment to Georgia history will continue in perpetuity.