Percy Pinkney’s home-going service was held at Sacramento’s Mount Vernon Mortuary Chapel. Officiated by Bishop Ted Frazier, the new state president of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC), the 1 ½ hour long event attracted a packed house consisting of family, friends, BAPAC members and former and currently elected officials from both northern and southern California.
Owing to time restraints, only four speakers were allowed to speak. Those speakers were Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the former Speaker of the California Assembly, Willie Brown, and Alice Huffman, State President of the California NAACP.
Each speaker discussed their long association with both Percy and his 40-plus-year associate, Bishop Ted Frazier, a San Francisco activist and one of BACAP’s founders.
Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, AME Church, preached a powerful and uplifting message. His appearance followed a reading of the scripture and prayer by Rev. Tony Pierce and two solo renditions by Rev. Robert Holt.
Per his request, Percy was laid to rest in a Mount Vernon burial plot very near to that of his son, Percy Junior.
A subsequent southern California memorial service will be held at First AME Church, Los Angeles, on April 23, 2016. That event will start at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Boyd will be in charge.