MENOLA, NC – Theresa Lassiter Brinkley, age 78, of Menola-St. John Road, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at the Vidant Greenville of Greenville, NC.
Mrs. Brinkley was born on April 27, 1942 to Clingy Lewis Lassiter and Mary Elizabeth Congleton Lassiter in Bertie County, NC. Theresa was a dedicated member of Menola Baptist Church for many years. She was a hard worker and kept books for many local businesses in the area. She was devoted to helping others and a vital member of the Menola community. She was always working in the church and the community. Theresa loved her family and always treated her nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great-nephews as her own children. She enjoyed sewing and cooking. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Brinkley, her sister, Emma Lassiter Dickerson, and her brother, Frankie Stephen Lassiter.
Theresa is survived by her brother, Clingy Louis Lassiter and wife Mandy of Aulander; niece, Renee Hoggard of Greenville; two nephews, Marty Stephenson of Aulander, and Michael Lassiter of Raleigh; three great-nieces, Melanie White, Lindsey Brown, and Chelsea Hoggard; three great-nephews, Tyler Lassiter, Braxton Lassiter, and Cole Hoggard, and special friend, Horace Outland.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC and other times at the home of her brother, Clingy.
A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 2:00 pm at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. Willie McLawhorn and Rev. Dr. Jesse Croom officiating. Burial will follow at Aulander Cemetery, Aulander, NC.
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Brinkley family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.
“Miss” Theresa was a gentle sweet soul. I grew up in Menola & she was my Sunday School teacher. She always was dressed wonderfully and wore the most stylish & large earrings! Her homemade chocolate cake was a winner. We will surely miss her in our Menola Community Club. May God Bless her family & Menola friends. Susan Byrum Lewis
To Theresa’s family, our deepest sympathy in your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace in the days ahead. Keep all those special memories close in your heart. Kay and Ronald Edwards
Brother Clingy and family Carolyn and I pray for comfort and peace for you at this difficult time. Theresa was a wonderful person who cared so much for others. I pray that our Lord will bless you.
So sorry to hear about Aunt Theresa, I had just talked to her on Sat. I was shocked to hear she had passed. She was a special Aunt. Praying for everyone Kathy Brinkley Turner and family.
So sorry to hear of Theresa’s passing. She was a great person and a wonderful cousin. She will be missed.
We will miss this lady at Menola Baptist church. She was a faithful member until covid-19 appeared. She was kind to everyone. Rest in Peace Theresa. You will be remembered.
Clingy and Family we send our prayers and sympathy at this sad time for the family.
Tom and Karen Lassiter
I always remember Aunt Teresa as being very kind and loving with a generous heart! As a teenager I remember her dressed on a certain occasion in a beautiful purple dress and shoes with gloves and hat! She was always impeccably dressed! When my father died in 1993 he was in Montana with us and had not lived in NC for two years. We had to travel back to Ahoskie and stay at the Ramada Inn. Theresa generously cooked several meals for us and brought food to hotel so we would not have to go out to eat! She was always looking out for others and giving generously of herself and time to make sure others’ needs were met! We will surely miss you!
Ms. Reese was a sweet lady who made the best fudge this side of the Mason Dixon Line. I didn’t know her as long as some of you may have known her , but she was the sweetest most giving and caring lady you will ever meet . Our loss is heavens gain! Till we meet again ❤️
For the family and friends of Aunt Theresa, we pray for the peace that passes all understanding that can only come from our Heavenly Father. What a reunion has taken place in Heaven with Uncle David Earl and all the saints who have gone before in the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 5:4, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” We pray for all those who are left behind and in mourning. The Good News is that according to John 3:16, we who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will meet again in a place so much better than this old world! Jim, Kaye, and the Baggett family