Raymond Courtland “Spike” Pinney died in his sleep from natural causes on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in his own home. His brother, Tom was with him. Spike and his wife, Marcia, were married for 52 years. During those years they traveled all around the western United States following Spike’s job with AT&T.
Every fall Spike and Marcia traveled to Utah, Marcia’s home state, for hunting. They even had property there for several years.
Spike was a foreman of a Network Operations Group – a construction gang that went anywhere, anytime, to construct or repair communication towers. They were on the road 365 days a year. Spike was the first foreman of a gang to employ women as construction workers – sometimes as many as three on a crew of six!
After 20 years on the road, Spike accepted a promotion to Construction Manager at the main office of AT&T in Kansas City. There he managed 56 people on five construction crews servicing 1,100 towers in 14 states.
During this time, he and Marcia bought a track of land in Guadalupe County for a retirement house. After Spike retired, they first lived on the 5H Lake on the Guadalupe River in Belmont. After being flooded twice, they constructed their permanent home on their 33 acres.
Spike was born on June 22, 1940 in Ravenna, Ohio to Dorothy Hoffman and George Pinney. Dorothy later re-married Lyle “Scotty” Scott. Following Scotty’s Air Force career, the Scotts came to Luling. After Spike spent his four years in the Navy, he came to Luling as well.
He was recruited by AT&T while in Luling.
Spike was preceded in death by his father: George Pinney; his mother: Dorothy Scott; his step-father,: Scotty Scott; and his sister: Sandra Ingram. His beloved life partner, Marcia Lawson Pinney, died on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.
Spike’s remaining relatives are: Thomas Scott (wife, Mary), David Scott (wife, Judy). Betty Jo Sonstein (husband Allen); and sister-in-law: LauraLee Lawson; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Spike and Marcia loved their cats – inside (Blue, Pill, Simba, Shy, Blackie, Fluffy, Gray) and outside (Rusty, Taz, Winter). Spike also could be found each night feeding feral cats around Luling restaurants and bars. They came running when they saw his car coming.
Both Spike and Marcia will be buried at Luling City Cemetery at a later date with a private family ceremony.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Oct. 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Belmont Community Center. Please come and share your memories of them. Wear your jeans! They would!