Woodrow Dinkins, 82, dry-cleaning chain owner

March 29, 2003

Woodrow Dinkins, founder of a chain of Baltimore dry-cleaning establishments, died of a stroke March 22 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 82 and lived in Northwest Baltimore.

Mr. Dinkins was born and raised in Sumter, S.C., where he graduated from high school. He moved to Baltimore in 1942.

He was employed for many years as a manager for the Style Uniform Company. In 1962, he established Dinkins Dry Cleaners, which has stores on West North Avenue, at North Avenue and Smallwood Street and in the Belvedere Hotel.

He was a longtime member, trustee, usher and former treasurer of Mount Moriah Baptist Church.

He was also an avid sports fan.

Services for Mr. Dinkins were held Thursday.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Lila Mae Weathers; a son, Gregory Dinkins of Baltimore; a sister, Jessie Wiggins of Tabor City,N.C.; and a grandson.

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