Betty Seawell Pinkston

April 11, 2018

Betty Seawell Pinkston, 86, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  She was born April 22, 1931 in Wadesboro, NC, the daughter of the late Arnold Willard Seawell and Lillian Mann Seawell.  She was predeceased by sisters Effie S. Boyette, Hilda S. King, Shirley S. Bobbitt, Carolyn Seawell and brother Earl Seawell.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, James T. Pinkston, Sr.; her children Jim Pinkston, Jr., Jeff Pinkston (Miriam), Judy Pinkston, Joy Pinkston; grandchildren Caroline Miller (Matt), Josh Pinkston, James Pinkston, Adam Pinkston (Rachel), Jordan Loud, Jaycie Loud; her brother Arnold Willard Seawell, Jr, of Southern Pines, NC, brother-in-law John Bobbitt of Advance, NC, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Betty was a 1954 graduate of Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked for Charlotte Memorial, American Red Cross, Mecklenburg County Diabetic Clinic and the Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic.  For over 50 years, she was an active member of Paw Creek Presbyterian Church, where she was a Life Member of the Presbyterian Women, Sunday School Teacher, and Circle Leader. 

A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at Paw Creek Presbyterian on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 3:30 PM, officiated by Rev. Elliott Hipp. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 500A Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC, 28206 or Loaves & Fishes, 648 Griffith Road, Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28217.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


Share your memories & condolences


  • Bryce Moore

    Sorry to read of Betty's passing in the Observer. Unable to attend services but will make a contribution to Loaves and Fishes.

    Bryce Moore

  • Anne Miller

    so sorry for your loss. Even in this time of sadness, may warm memories soon bring a smile and the passage of time bring peace and comfort to your heart. You know the brightness of a life well lived continues to shine. Such a Dear, Sweet friend, we will miss her in so many way. Love and sympathy to all of the family. anne and tommy miller

  • Frank Norris

    Jim and Jeff, I’m so sorry to hear of your dear wife and mother passing. May God be with you and your family during these sad times .