Annie Katrina Fowler Pinkerton

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Annie Katrina Fowler Pinkerton, age 84, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 22, 2024, at her home in Stone Mountain, Georgia where she lived with Ray, her husband of 62 years.
Kay happily grew up on a farm in Molena, Georgia surrounded by the love of her parents Barron and Hazel and her five siblings. She was active in 4-H, winning blue ribbons for her baking on more than one occasion. Kay was a 1957 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Thomaston, Georgia and a graduate of The Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing. While in Atlanta, Kay met Ray initially at First Baptist Church Atlanta and then again at a YMCA dance, marrying after Kay’s graduation. Kay worked at both Piedmont Hospital and the Georgia Tech Infirmary while Ray finished his degree at Tech. Kay’s love of adventure saw her accompany Ray as an Army wife and mother first to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, then to Fort Monmouth, NJ and onto Germany for a total of five years. Upon their return to the States, Ray and Kay settled in Stone Mountain where Kay raised their three children spending time driving between sports, dance, scouts, and volunteering at school. When her children were all in school, Kay began a third career as a para-professional teacher at Rockbridge Elementary School where she taught and served as the “unofficial” school nurse for 31 years.
Through the years, Kay loved dancing, swimming, walking, camping, cooking, baking, sewing, reading, gardening, fishing, traveling, family gatherings, riding roller coasters, volunteering at and attending Scottish festivals, puzzles, playing games including Setback and cheering on Georgia Tech and Atlanta sports. She delighted in visiting numerous countries in Europe, the UK, Hawaii, and road tripping through North America. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, remembering most of her beloved hymns, show tunes and songs of her youth by heart. Kay was raised in the Baptist church instilling in her early the knowledge and enjoyment of the Scripture and her faith, love, and hope that she continued to impart on all around her. She was an active church member at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church for 56 years where she was a Circle member, taught Sunday School, kept the nursery, baked the bread and setup the sacraments for Communion and served as an Elder. More recently, Kay had cherished her new church family at Eastminster, where she enjoyed seeing old friends from MDPC and making new ones.
Kay was an inspiration to all who met her. She was a genuinely kind Southern lady, who always had a smile and encouraging words for anyone she spoke with. Though physical pain and suffering had riddled her body in the last years of her life, she never complained openly about her pain, remaining faithful and optimistic, noting the positives of each day in her daily Gratitude Journal, with the last entry being on the 21st of June.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Sylvia and Gail. She is survived by her husband Ray and her children Marie (Joe), Rick (Beth), and Melanie (Alan), her grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Anna and Claire and her siblings, Barry (Janis), Marion (Louis), David (Lu) and Judy (Bob), along with many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews all of whom never failed to receive a card on their birthdays from their Aunt Kay.
A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 Hugh Howell Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30087, on Sunday, July 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm with reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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  1. CandleImageWe loved Kay, and always enjoyed her visits. She was always smiling and never met a stranger. She was a model to all of us to be more giving, kind, and considerate of others. Bring with her family was so important to her.
    Praying for Ray as he adjusts to live without his previous Kay.
    Gene and Ishy

  2. Kay was a bright light in the world around her. Always smiling and complimenting, Kay made everyone feel special. Her birthday cards were something my children always looked forward to. Even when her body was failing her, she never complained and was a joy to be around.

  3. Kay was a true blessing who never let a birthday or anniversary pass without calling to wish a happy day. I am thankful for her faithfulness and for the love s he shared wastefully. May God watch over all who knew and loved her as we celebrate her life and thank God for this precious gift to all of our lives.

  4. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Kay Fowler Pinkerton, PHSN Class of 1960.
    You are faithfully in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Piedmont Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association
    Atlanta, GA

  5. CandleImageThe kids and I are going to miss the birthday cards every year! Thank you for loving me as your niece and my boys as your nephews!

  6. What a delightful person Kay was. We always enjoyed her company when we came back to Macon, Georgia for high school reunions. She and Ray were the highlights of our trip !

  7. CandleImageSincerest condolances to Ray and his family on the passing of Kay. I first met Kay after I began work with Ray at Georgia Tech. We never failed to communicate with each holiday season. May another star shine in Heaven for her!

  8. CandleImageI am so sad to hear of the passing of Kay. I have such wonderful memories of Ray and Kay at the highland games! What a wonderful couple and family! My deepest condolences to Ray and family!

  9. Kay was such a bright light in a sometimes dark world. Kay would call and check on me after I retired from Rockbridge Elementary School. Later, I returned to substitute teaching at Rockbridge. While in class one day, after so many years away, who walks in the door – Kay! We hugged and asked about each other’s families. She said, ”Ray and I were taking our morning walk and stopped by Rockbridge.” She heard that I was teaching that day and made her way to the class. I truly cherish the great memories and seeing Kay’s beautiful bright smile. She will always be remembered with such fondness – Kay was extra special ! My continued prayers of support for all of Kay’s family- she was such a blessing! Hold on to those precious memories. May God continue to bless and keep you.
    Love, Mrs.Deborah Anthony

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