David Ralph Brinkley, Jr.

October 27, 1924 - December 23, 2016

10/27/1924 - 12/23/2016

Past Services

Monday December 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Tuesday December 27, 2016
Following at Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Tuesday December 27, 2016
11:00 am
Chapel of Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Hwy 42 West
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Additional Information:

Rev. David Mullens will be officiating the service.

Ahoskie, NC- David Ralph Brinkley, Jr., 92, of the 100 block of Jernigan Swamp Road passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016 at his home.

Born on October 27, 1924, in the Center Grove Community near Ahoskie, David was a son of the late David Ralph, Sr. and Alleen Brantley Brinkley. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Margaret C. Brinkley and a sister, Nellie Mae B. Dilday.

On March 20, 1947, David married Margaret Leigh Chitty of Murfreesboro. He was a retired farmer and seed distributor and also a loving, devoted family man and friend.

As a faithful, very active member of Center Grove Baptist Church, David served as a deacon over 55 years, as church secretary/treasurer for 48 years and was made an honorary lifetime deacon. He served on the Board of the West Chowan Baptist Association for many years. Also as a Lion Club member, he was awarded a lifetime membership and made a Jack Stickley Fellow for dedicated humanitarian services.

He is survived by three sons, David A. (Debbie) of New Bern, Ralph L. (Jeanne) of Ahoskie, Steve L. (Michelle) of Greenville; five grandchildren, Jenny B. Vaughan (Bill II), Amy B. Roberts (Josh), Brandon Brinkley, Adam (Rachel) and Travis Brinkley; two step-grandchildren, Timothy Evans (Dana), Anna E. Teets (Doug); two great-grandchildren, Bill III and Katie Vaughan; two step-great grandchildren, Evan and Lilly Teets; a brother, Robert Earl Brinkley (Carolyn); several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will held on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Ahoskie at 11:00AM with Rev. Daniel Mullens officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens of Ahoskie. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30PM on Monday, December 26, 2016 at the funeral home and other times at the family home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the Baptist Children’s Home of NC, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27360, or online by clicking here or to the charity of your choice.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie will be handling the arrangements for the Brinkley family and online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com

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Alice Pruden
7 years ago

My heart is broken for the loss of such a fine Christian friend. He was always so caring for others and I will always remember what a special friend he was to me, Mother and Daddy! Holidays are especially sad and difficult to lose a loved one! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! So very sorry that I wasn’t able to be at his Visitation or Celebration of Life! My Love to you all, Alice

Lynn Liverman
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Sue & Kaley Hewitt
7 years ago

We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of Mr. Brinkley. He was so helpful and caring to us during Joe’s sickness and passing. The deviled eggs will never be forgotten. He continued to make us feel loved at church. When I told Kaley he had passed she asked, “Who’s gonna hug me now on Sunday mornings?” He will be greatly missed by the both of us. Rest In Peace Mr. Brinkley! Lots of love and prayers to his family.

Steve & Christine Coley
7 years ago

We are so so sorry for the loss of a dear sweet man who will be dearly missed…prayers and many hugs sent to all♡

Cheryl jernigan
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss

Randy Brantley
7 years ago

I recall the lifelong friendship between David, Jr. and my late father. David is one of the men who will always be part of my special memories of growing up in Center Grove. My earnest prayers are with Al, Ralph, Steve and their families.

Kyle Brantley
7 years ago

Sorry for your loss

John Core
7 years ago

Steve and Michelle, and family,
We are so sorry to learn of your loss; we know we are never ready to lose someone we love. We will see you tonight. With much love, Lou and John

Brian Hewitt
7 years ago

So sorry to hear of Mr Brinkley’s passing. He was such a selfless person. I got to know him when my father was at the end of his life. Mr Brinkley stopped by every week to visit with my dad. He was such a pleasant man who would have done anything for us during such a difficult time for our family. Hoping his family finds solace in knowing he was a celebrated member of the community that helped so many.

Elaine and Lawrence Myers
7 years ago

DAVID was always so nice to be around as he was always pleasant. We have many good memories. Blessings to all of you.