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Kathleen Weldon Pinckney obituary

Kathleen Ethridge Weldon Pinckney, passed peacefully on Nov. 10, 2012 after a full life of 91 years. She was born Oct. 12, 1921 in Lamar County, Ga., to George Ashley and Clara Ethridge Weldon. A graduate of Milner High School, Kathleen earned a 4-H scholarship and worked her way through Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and The University of Georgia. She received a bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1942. Her first professional position with the Georgia Agricultural Extension Service was as a home demonstration agent in Paulding County. After two years, she returned to Athens to serve as the assistant state 4-H leader. During this tenure she had the unique opportunity to be involved in the planning of what was to eventually become the Georgia State 4-H Center at Rock Eagle. In 1948, Kathleen married Robert Howe Pinckney. The young couple set out for Chicago where Robert attended optometric school and Kathleen joined the staff of the National 4-H News. In 1951 they returned to middle Georgia and settled in Jackson, where over the next 60 years they built a life centered around family and community service. Four children, Kay, Ellen, Bob and Ed blessed the marriage. For many years, in addition to helping Robert with his growing optometric practice, Kathleen supported her children’s interests in church activities, school, Girl Scouts and 4-H, serving as a local volunteer as well as taking on leadership positions with the Pine Valley Girl Scout Regional Council and the Georgia Master 4-H Club. Kathleen was involved in numerous community projects and activities including building the first activity center in the area for individuals with intellectual disabilities, serving on the pastor-parish relations committee of the Jackson United Methodist Church, member of the William McIntosh Chapter of the DAR for over 60 years, serving two terms as Regent (1971, 1989), honorary lifetime member in the Butts County Historical Society and enjoyed participating in the Butts County Genealogy Society. She established both the special education and the gifted and talented programs for Butts County schools, retiring in 1984. Kathleen was given the State 4-H Alumni Award in 1959, named Woman of the Year by the Butts County Jaycees in 1971 and received the Hall of Fame Award from the Butts County Chamber of Commerce in 2005. Kathleen is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert; children Kay Pinckney Koch of Lithonia, Ellen Pinckney Balthazar and husband Jim of Austin, Texas, Bob Pinckney and wife Patty of Athens, Ga., and Ed Pinckney and wife Nancy of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren Katie Balthazar Ruback and husband Dave, Matt Balthazar and wife Anna, all of Austin, Bobby and Max Pinckney of Athens and Ryan, Mollie and Mimi Pinckney of Cincinnati; great-grandson, Bennett Ruback; sister Marinelle Simpson of McDonough; and sister-in-law Betty Weldon of Milner; and numerous special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. ’Well done, faithful one.’ A service to celebrate Kathleen’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Ga. Friends may visit the family on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Sherrell-Westbury Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the scholarship fund of the Georgia Master 4-H Club (c/o Ted Jenkins, treasurer, P.O. Box 4721, Eatonton, Ga., 31024) or gifts to the newly established Milner Library to provide a genealogy research area (c/o George Weldon, 100 Liberty Hill St., Milner, Ga. 30257). Sherrell-Westbury Funeral Home, 212 East College St., Jackson, is serving the Pinckney family,

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