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Exercise 7: Writing Challenging Obituaries

INSTRUCTIONS:  Write an obituary from the information provided below. As you work on the obituary, you will find it involves several unusual problems. Write the obituary in Associated Press style and correct any errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Obituary:  Samuel Pinckney

FULL NAME: Samuel Pinckney

ADDRESS: 976 Grand Avenue

AGE: 82

TIME OF DEATH: Sometime early this morning.  His corpse was found by a nurse at 6 am this morning.

PLACE OF DEATH: Regional Medical Center

CAUSE OF DEATH: Lung cancer (Friends say he was a heavy smoker, smoking an average of two or three packs of Camel cigarettes a day all his adult life).  He entered the Regional Medical Center for treatment of terminal cancer a month ago and, last week, he and his family asked doctors to stop giving him medicine (except for pain killers) and to let him die so his suffering would end.

TIME OF FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church

PLACE OF FUNERAL: The First United Methodist Church

PLACE OF BURIAL: No burial.  The body will be cremated
OFFICIATING CLERGY: Reverend Audrey Wagnor-VanPelt

PLACE OF BIRTH: Cleveland, Ohio

PREVIOUS RESIDENCES: He moved here with his family at the age of five and always lived here thereafter

EDUCATION: Attended Colonial High School but dropped out after the 10th grade and never graduated

OCCUPATION: Owner and retired president of Sam's, a chain of 17 supermarkets in the area.  He and a friend opened a small corner grocery store as teenagers, when both were 19, and, 2 years later, Pinckney won his partner's 50% share of the store in a poker game.  He subsequently transformed that one small store into the largest independent chain in the area.  In 1956, he also opened a second business, Sam's  Restaurant, but it went bankrupt and was closed in 1961.

OFFICES HELD: President of the local school board from 1958-1964. Past president of the County Tax Levy Board.  Past vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.  Former trustee of the Public Library.

MEMBERSHIPS: A president of Junior Achievement for five years.  Past president of the city's Council of Civic Clubs.  A member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club.

SURVIVORS: His third wife, Terese.  A son, William of Columbia, S.C. Daughters, Alice Pinckney DeBecker of Providence, Rhode Island, Iris Pinckney Stovall of 7402 Southland Boulevard and June Pinckney Meeske of Tucson, Arizona.  17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  Another son, David, preceded him in death.

OTHER: The family does not want any flowers.  Rather, it asks friends and relatives to donate to the Cancer Society


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