Blakely Ernest Pinckens, 77, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010.
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He was born Jan. 7, 1933, to the late Lacy McKinley Pinckens and Zelda Johnson Pinckens.
He accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Federalsburg, Md., where he served as chairman of the financial committee. He attended church school and was a member of the adult choir.
Blakely graduated from Lockerman High School in Denton, Md., Class of 1949. He enrolled at Bowie State College, now known as Bowie State University, majoring in elementary education. He received his master's degree in education at Indiana University in Bloomington. He served in the capacity of principal, assistant principal and teacher in the Caroline County schools.
He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged Oct. 15, 1955. While in the Army, he met Cora Mae Brooks, and they married June 16, 1956.
Blakely was a 32nd-degree Prince Hall affiliated Mason, commander in chief and secretary of King David Consistory 284 in Salisbury. Past Master and secretary of Prospect Lodge 95 in Preston, a past Potentate and an assistant secretary of Abu La Hab Temple 206 of the AEOOTNMS (Shrimers) in Salisbury. He was also secretary of the council for the 7th Masonic District, Melvin Shorter, District Deputy Grand Master.
His civic and community activities are as follows: Board of Directors for Caroline County Habitat for Humanity, Board of Directors of Federalsburg, Historical Society, escort for the Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton, member of the Caroline Retired School Personnel and member of the American Legion.
Blakely is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cora Brooks Pinckens; his son, Dr. Cedric D. Pinckens (Joana) of Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandchildren, Roche D. Pinckens (Leah) and Camille V. Pinckens; and two great-grandchildren, Melanie and Mikai Phillips. Also surviving are three brothers, Isaac Andrew Pinckens (Hattie), Philetrius McKinley (Bessie) and Marion George Pinckens (Gilda); two sisters, Cleo M. Beulah and Jacqueline N. Pinckens; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Lee Mills of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters-in-law, Janet Brooks of Louisville and Mary Brooks of Irvington, Ky.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Roselle Ruth Curtis.
The viewing will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m., Masonic Rites will be held by Prospect Lodge 95 at 7 p.m. at Bennie Smith Funeral Home at 516 S. Main St. in Hurlock. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union United Methodist Church at 301 N. Main St. in Federalsburg. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Maryland Veterans Cemetery Eastern Shore near Hurlock at 10 a.m. Monday.
Published in The Daily Times on Nov. 11, 2010