Mr. Hodari A. Pinkney

  • Born: September 18, 1973
  • Died: March 24, 2015
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner Buchanan - Washington Park North Cemetery & Funeral Center

2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
Tel. (317) 251-5959

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

The family of Hodari Pinkney wishes to acknowledge and thank everyone for the many prayers, condolences, messages, cards, flowers.

The Man, Life and Legacy
The name "Hodari" means "STRONG" in the Swahili language of Africa. However, this name is more than just a translation or collection of sounds. "Hodari" is the personification of an unconventional man that we have all had the great honor and privilege to have shared in our lives. Hodari Amefika Pinkney was born in Lafayette Indiana on September 18, 1973 to Willie Eugene and Gloria Pinkney and later through marriage and love, to Larry and Gloria Kelley. He was the oldest of his two loving siblings, Onaje and Kianga, who grew up only knowing unconditional and inclusive love for each one another. After graduating from Pike High school in Indianapolis Indiana, Hodari attended Grambling State University in Grambling Louisiana.
From an early age, Hodari exhibited a high aptitude and proficiency for relationship building and social interaction through communication. He was known to enjoy holding conversation with people of all walks of life on multiple topics, from history, spirituality and religion, to business, finance and politics. Hodari especially enjoyed cars, which sparked his interest into the automobile industry where he sold new and used vehicles to the public for 16 years. He had a passion for music for which he listened to nearly every genre.
Hodari traveled the United States living in many states including Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C., and visiting many more. His experiences and the many lives he touched along the way are evident in the love and outpouring of emotion mourning his loss. Everyone has a "Hodari" story to remember. We have experienced his intellect, empathy, love, forgiveness, protection and wonderful sense of humor.
Hodari would be the first to tell you of his flaws or perceived faults, but was always able to offer the rational argument for his thoughts and ways. He was a man who spoke his mind unapologetically and we love him for it. Many knew Hodari as a coworker, protector, friend, mentor, teacher and or counselor and we love him for it. Those closest, may know him as a son, brother, uncle, or cousin, but we will all remember and love him as family.
Hodari will be greatly missed by all especially his parents, Larry and Gloria Kelley, and Willie Eugene Pinkney, Brother Onajé Pinkney, Sister Kianga Kelley and Niece Jahzara Pinkney, as well as a multitude of family members
In the Swahili language, Hodari's middle name, "Amefika" means "He who was hoped for has arrived"! …and now, he has gone.