Services for retired Army Lt. Col. Edward D. Hinkson, who also retired as a Social Security Administration official, will be held at noon today at the Douglas Memorial Community Church, Lafayette and Madison avenues.
Colonel Hinkson, who was 71 and lived in the Fenwick Apartments in Northeast Baltimore, died of cancer Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He retired in 1975 as assistant director for administration of the Bureau of Disability Insurance at Social Security headquarters, where he had held several posts after retiring from the Army in 1963.
At his retirement from the Army, he was professor of military science and tactics at West Virginia State College in Institute, W.Va. He had also been assigned to the ROTC program at what is now Morgan State University.
Drafted in 1941, he was commissioned and served in the infantry in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. His postwar assignments included service with the 555th Airborne Battalion, an early black paratroop unit, and with troops in Italy, Germany and Korea.
The Baltimore native graduated from Douglass High School and attended Morgan State. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska.
After retiring from Social Security he studied gerontology and volunteered with the elderly at Douglass Memorial Community Church and other groups.
He also studied tax preparation and worked as a tax consultant, and was especially interested in playing piano.
He is survived by three sisters, Ida M. Carrington and Albertine Graham, both of Baltimore, and Marguerite Manning of Philadelphia; a brother, Howard Pindell of Philadelphia; and many nieces and nephews.