Karl E. Zinkhan, 85, former deputy chief of policeKarl E...

October 08, 1999

Karl E. Zinkhan, 85, former deputy chief of police

Karl E. Zinkhan, retired Baltimore County deputy police chief whose career spanned nearly four decades, died Sunday of pneumonia at Carroll County General Hospital. He was 85.

Mr. Zinkhan, a former Chestnut Ridge resident who recently lived at Carroll Lutheran Village Retirement Community in Westminster, joined the Baltimore County police department in 1939.

Beginning his career as a patrolman, Mr. Zinkhan was promoted in 1940 to the traffic division, which he later commanded. In 1957, he was appointed police inspector and deputy chief 10 years later. He retired in 1975.

"When he started in 1939, there were 75 officers, pay was $90 a month and there were no two-way radios in patrol cars or motorcycles. By the time he retired, there were 1,750 officers," said Maj. Walter Coryell, a 35-year veteran of the police force.

Added Maj. Coryell: "He was one of those gentlemen who appeared to be very tough, somewhat gruff and with his deep voice made young officers tremble. But he had a heart of gold and would do anything for his officers."

Born and raised in Jarrettsville, Mr. Zinkhan graduated high school there in 1931. He was married in 1939 to the former Estella Belschner; who died in 1994.

He was an active member of Mount Moriah Lodge No.116 AF & AM and the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed woodworking and growing vegetables and flowers.

Services were held Tuesday.

He is survived by a sister, Madolyn Hermes of Hot Springs Village, Ark.

Vera Ann Payton-El, 61 Social Security employee

Vera Ann Payton-El, a retired Social Security Administration employee, died of cancer Monday at her Ashburton home. She was 61.

In January, Ms. Payton-El retired as a claims examiner from the Social Security Administration after 31 years of service.

Born in Baltimore, the former Vera Ann Carrington was a 1956 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, and she attended Cortez Peters Business School. In the 1960s she worked at Sinai Hospital.

She enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay and was known for expertly cooking the day's catch.

Her marriage in 1956 to George Leroy Parrish ended in divorce. In 1981 she married Robert Payton-El. They also were divorced.

Funeral services will be held at noon today at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St., where she was an active member, serving as chairwoman of the kitchen committee, communion steward and greeter.

She is survived by a son, Byron Kevin Parrish of Woodlawn; her mother, Ida M. Carrington of Baltimore; two sisters, Rosalie P. Fisher of Woodlawn and Julia Clark of Baltimore; a friend, Clyde Boyd of Ellicott City; and two granddaughters.

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