Constance King Pinckney, 80, of Williamstown, a Philadelphia elementary-school teacher for 35 years, died of a brain hemorrhage Sunday, March 1, at Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.

Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Pinckney graduated from Overbrook High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education at Cheyney University in 1956.

She taught at Meade School near 18th and Oxford Streets from 1961 to 1964 and spent the bulk of her career at Harrity School near 56th and Christian Streets, retiring in 1996.

Bettie Peyton, a longtime friend who taught with her at both schools, recalled Mrs. Pinckney as "a wonderful teacher. She inspired her students to do great things."

Peyton said "she touched a lot of people with her personality. . . . A lovely woman."

Mrs. Pinckney liked to travel, Peyton said, and in the 1980s they shared a trip to London and Paris.

Mrs. Pinckney was a member of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and, since 1989, an usher at St. Matthew's Baptist Church in Williamstown, son Raymond H. said.

Besides her son, Mrs. Pinkney is survived by two grandchildren. Her husband, Raymond, died in 2003.

Services were Saturday, March 7.

Donations may be sent to a charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family at the May Funeral Home, 335 Sicklerville Rd., Sicklerville, N.J. 08081.

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