Bertha Jaudon Pinkney was born, September 14, 1929 in Savannah, Georgia at Montgomery, the daughter of the late Reverend Hampton and Annie Bell Jaudon. She was educated in the local public schools and graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Home Economics. After college, she married the late Fred V. Goode and her daughter, Vaughnette Goode-Walker is from that union. For a time she lived in Montclair, New Jersey and returned to Savannah to begin her career as an educator.
Mrs. Pinkney was preceded in death by her late husband of 35 years, George Pinkney. She was a Home Economics teacher at Tompkins High School for 30 years and after retirement worked at the Frank Callen Boys Club with the After School program.
Mrs. Pinkney was active in the local chapter of the Morris Brown College Alumni and a member and past president of the Savannah Charms, Inc. During her lifetime, she received many awards and certificates for her social and civic work.
The proudest time of her life seemed to be the years she spent working untiringly at St. Mary’s A.M.E. Church where her father, Reverend Hampton Jaudon, had pastored. “Sister Pinkney” traveled many miles doing church work with the Youth and Adult members of St. Mary’s.
She attended workshops and conventions helping to assist in the Christian molding of their lives. Mrs. Pinkney was a delegate to the 6th Episcopal General Conference and was very active in the Lay Organization.
Mrs. Pinkney was a constant caregiver of family and friends. She always had a beautiful smile and kind word to encourage positive and wholesome living. She was a peacemaker.
Mrs. Pinkney aged gracefully and reached her 88th birthday. She still had a great sense of humor. If you were around her and seemed a little down, she would smile and say: “Don’t worry, be happy!”
She was funeralized Monday, November 27 at St. Mary’s AME Church.