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Teacher killed in collision

Funeral services are tentatively set for Jan. 12 or 13 for Lamar County Primary School special education teacher Angie Tinker who was killed Jan. 4 in a two-car collision in Henry County. Tinker, 55, of Zebulon died as a result of the crash that occurred at 6:15 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 20 and Westridge Parkway. She had to be extricated from her vehicle and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Her husband, John Tinker, was also taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he was in stable condition Jan. 5 following surgery. Sherri Moody of Moody Funeral Home reported Mrs. Tinker’s funeral was being delayed in hopes he can attend after recuperating sufficiently enough to do so. The Tinkers were in a Toyota Avalon which collided with a Jeep Commander near a Publix supermarket. The driver of the other car has been identified as 29-year-old Travis Allyn Gee of McDonough. Gee was also injured and taken to Atlanta Medical Center. Charges are pending against him. Angie Tinker taught at Lamar County Primary School for five years where she was a valued employee, according to principal Julie Steele. ’Angie was a true professional. She was full of love and compassion for children. She was a mentor and friend to everyone,’ Steele said. School superintendent Bill Truby also spoke highly of Tinker. ’She was a terrific, talented lady and a marvelous pianist. Angie was one of the most wonderful people you could ever want to meet,’ he said. Angie Tinker was the pianist at Church of Joy in Pike County. She had previously taught in the Pike school system. Her husband, also a musician, played Santa Claus in the area at Christmas. Steele said she had already contacted the parents of the students Tinker taught. Additionally, a full staff of grief counselors will be on hand at the school Wednesday when students return to classes, she said. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Moody Funeral Home in Zebulon. Obituary information will also be posted here when it becomes available.

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