Earl Hopkins Pinder

March 01, 1991

Earl Hopkins Pinder, clerk of the Circuit Court of Kent County for 28 years, died Wednesday at his home near Chestertown after a brief illness. He was 77.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Shrewsbury Episcopal Church in Kennedyville.

native of Kent County, Mr. Pinder was a longtime activist in Republican Party politics at the state and regional levels.

Mr. Pinder spent the early years of his career in the MarylanState Police, where he rose to the rank of first sergeant before leaving in the late 1940s. In the early 1950s, he and his first wife, Emma Knight, opened a stationery store that they operated until he won his first term as court clerk in 1962.

He was trial magistrate for Kent County from 1958 until 1960. He left the clerk of the court's office in November 1990. Mr. Pinder was president of the Maryland Court Clerk's Association for two terms and president of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce for two terms.

His first wife of 50 years, Emma Knight, died in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey L. Pinder; a son, T. Franklin Pinder 2nd of Chestertown; three daughters, Joanna P. Watson of Baltimore, Carol P. Neukam of Chestertown, and Susan K. Pinder of Savannah, Ga.; two stepsons, E. Keith Young of Wilmington, Del., and Kevin B. Young of San Bernadino, Calif.; a sister, Helen P. Freeman of Milford, Del.; a brother, Philip Webster Pinder of Kennedyville; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions be made to Kent County Hospice Care, Chestertown 21620, or to Shrewsbury Episcopal Church, Kennedyville 21645.

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