Annie M. Hall Pinkett, 99, city teacher, deaconess

December 19, 2003

Annie May Hall Pinkett, a retired city public schools teacher and church deaconess, died Dec. 12 of congestive heart failure at Sinai Hospital. The Ashburton resident was 99.

Born Annie May Hall in Columbia, S.C., she earned an education degree at Benedict College in Columbia and later attended Coppin State College, Hampton Institute, Morgan State University and New York University.

She moved to Baltimore in 1928 and taught elementary subjects at East Baltimore schools, ending her career of 35 years at Gwynns Falls Elementary on Gwynns Falls Parkway. She also worked as a proofreader in the Department of Legislative Reference in Annapolis from 1972 to 1973.

"She was the family matriarch. We were all her students," said Alma R. Turner, a niece who was the director of admissions at the former Baltimore City Hospitals.

Mrs. Pinkett belonged to the Baltimore Benedict Alumni Association, the executive board of the Coppin State National Alumni Association and the Advisory Council of the Baltimore City Retired Teachers Association. She was a longtime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Her husband of 40 years, Otho P. Pinkett, a city housing authority official, died in 1962.

Services were held Wednesday at the Macedonia Baptist Church, where she was a member for more than 60 years, was an ordained deaconess and organized a clothes closet for the needy.

Survivors include a daughter, May Patrice Young of New York, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

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