Joseph Warren Pinson, Jr., aka Mister
Joe, was born in Clarksville, Texas, on
October 6, 1937. He died on __(date)___ at
__(location)___. He was the only child of
Joseph Warren Pinson and wife Ida Mae
McConnell Pinson. He received degrees in
music from Southern Methodist University and the American
University in Washington, D.C.
In May, 2013, he retired as Assistant Clinical Professor at
Texas Woman's University, where he had been a member of
the faculty since 1997. From 1974 to 1997 he was Director of
Music at Denton State School (now Denton State Supported
Living Center). He said on many occasions that "these were
the best years of my life."
In 1973 he was music director for the first musical ever
produced by Denton Community Theatre, You're a Good Man,
Charlie Brown. Performances were at the Firehouse Theatre.
He was a composer and songwriter with over one hundred
pieces that were commercially published and recorded.
He was founding director of the Denton Bell Band,
composed of adults with intellectual impairment. This group
toured for many years and performed in over one hundred
cities in Texas.
In 2009 Mr. Pinson was awarded the Community Arts
Recognition Award (CARA) in Arts Education by the Greater
Denton Arts Council.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife,
Saralyn Judd Pinson. He is survived by his brother-in-law
John Judd and wife Linda, son, Joseph Pinson III and
husband, Sam Bierner, daughter, Martha Pinson Blair and
husband Rob, and grandchildren, Sara Bierner, Hanna
Bierner, Gabriel Blair and Haley Blair.
Joseph donated his body to Southwestern Medical School in
Dallas. His ashes will be sprinkled in the Pinson plot in
Fairview Cemetary in Clarksville, Texas, at a later date.
A memorial service featuring his compositions will be held
at First United Methodist Church on ___ (date)____ at
__(time)_____. Gifts in his honor may be made to the Denton
Bell Band and First United Methodist Church.
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