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Earl Hopkins Pinder, court clerk, dies


Services for Earl Hopkins Pinder, clerk of the Circuit Court of Kent County for 28 years, will take place at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Shrewsbury Episcopal Church in Kennedyville.

Pinder, who was 77, died Wednesday at his home near Chestertown after a brief illness.

Mr. Pinder spent the early years of his career in the MarylanState Police, where he obtained the rank of first sergeant before leaving in the late 1940s. In the early 1950s, he and his first wife, Emma Knight, opened a stationery store that they operated until he won his first term as court clerk in 1962.

He was trial magistrate for Kent County from 1958 until 1960. He leftthe clerk of the court's office in November 1990.

Pinder was president of the Maryland Court Clerk's Association for two terms and president of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce for two terms. He was a member of the board of directors for the People's Bank of Kent County and retired as chairman in 1984.

He was a vestryman of Shrewsbury Episcopal Church, a membeof the Chester Masonic Lodge and president of the board of directors of Magnolia Hall senior citizens home.

Mr. Pinder loved farming, hunting, boating and fishing. He was prodigious vegetable gardener.

His first wife of 50 years, Emma Knight, died in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey L. Pinder; a son, T. Franklin Pinder II of Chestertown; three daughters, Joanna P. Watson of Baltimore, Carol P. Neukam of Chestertown, and Susan K. Pinder of Savannah, Ga.; two stepsons, E. Keith Young of Wilmington, Del., and Kevin B. Young of San Bernadino, Calif.; a sister, Helen P. Freeman of Milford, Del.; a brother, Philip Webster Pinder of Kennedyville; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The family suggests contributions be made to Kent County Hospice Care, Chestertown, Md. 21620, or to Shrewsbury Episcopal Church, Kennedyville, Md. 21645.

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