John Samuel Brinkley, Sr.

November 4, 2009


John Samuel “Sam” Brinkley, Sr. age 73 of Ahoskie died Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at his home. He was born October 5, 1936 in Hertford County to the late Leadie Alphus Brinkley and Lou Overton Brinkley.

Mr. Brinkley was a veteran of the United States Air Force, was self employed as a auto dealer, auto mechanic and an auto body man and was a member of Brantley’s Grove Baptist Church.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM in the Ashley Memorial Chapel of Garrett-Jones Funeral Home. Burial with military rites will be held in Brinkley Cemetery. Rev. J.N. Baggett and Rev. Greg Hurdle will officiate.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Shelby “Jean” Davis Brinkley, a daughter Shawn Terry and her husband Buddy of Harrellsville, a son Tim Brinkley of Ahoskie, a daughter-in-law Pam Brinkley of Ahoskie, sisters Celia Stroud of Greenville, Betty Legette of Hamilton and Shirley Umphlett of Eure, grandchildren Morgan Brinkley of Raleigh, Brandon Terry and Courtney Brinkley of Ahoskie and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Brinkley was predeceased by a son John Samuel “Sammy” Brinkley, Jr.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to University Hospice. PO Box 272, Ahoskie, NC 27910 or to the Hertford County Relay for Life, 930B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.

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Kay Wrenn
14 years ago


Just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

14 years ago

Ms. Jean and Shawn,

I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Sam’s passing. Mr. Sam will be greatly missed by many. May God’s love sustain you through this time of grief and saddness.


Denise Lee Clark