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John Richard Brinkley

January 8, 1943 ~ September 17, 2022 (age 79)


John Richard Brinkley was born in Thomasville NC on Jan. 8th, 1943. He went to meet his Lord and Savior on Saturday September 17th, 2022. He passed peacefully in his sleep at home surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by 2 sons, Roger Brinkley, Scott Brinkley, a daughter Venus Brinkley and her husband Shawn Garrett whom Richard loved as his own. He has 10 grandchildren, Heather Davis, Lisa and Sara Brinkley, Ashley and Conard Brinkley, Tiffany Stanley and husband Phillip, Michael Collins and wife Katie, Dakota Simms, Chevy Garrett, Destiny Garrett and fiancé Jake Gidney. He also has an "adopted" Grand daughter, Alexis Hinkle. Great Grandchildren, Summer Steed, Bristol and Dallas Brinkley, Kylea and Riley Stanley. He is also survived by a brother, Douglas Brinkley and wife Rita.

He was preceded in death by his father Conrad Luther Brinkley, his mother Mildred Kinney Brinkley and a sister Linda Faye Brinkley.

He was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church and a true believer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He honored and cherished his mother and made sure she was well taken care of throughout her life.

He had many friends from all walks of life. Men, women, young and old. He was someone you could always count on in times of need. He has two special lifelong friends he considered brothers, Ronnie Mendenhall and Donnie Poole.

At a very young age Richard always had a mind for business. He delivered newspaper’s as a young boy and decided to start his own business by digging up worms to sell. His mind for business and passion for adventure followed him thorough out his life. He has worked hard and accomplished too many things to list, here are some highlights; He worked on the research floor of Baptist Hospital, as a High Point power line crew member, a Italian furniture company in California as a carver and worked his wad to lead carver, started a satellite business, He was one of the first employees at JB Conner carving, he has a dabbled in real estate, and started a furniture business, Brinkley Carving and Turning Company with some of his favorite pieces for Barbra Mandrell and Walt Disney.

Even with his many accomplishment’s in business his thirst for knowledge was never satisfied and he had many hobbies and interests. He was a member of the Thomasville Buck club, Moose Lodge and Colonial country club. He enjoyed turkey shooting, dove hunting, was an avid golfer with multiple trophies, he loved softball and sponsored and coached a Class C Softball team that won the World Championship in Tn. He spent time drag racing and had an extensive Antique car collection that he restored and maintained. He was a skilled mechanic. He was interested in Motorcycle racing and took part in a winning championship at Daytona beach in the 1960's. His most treasured Bike is a 1966 Triumph TT Racer called "Ole Blue".

He was a great pilot with his own personal plane that he loved to take his family and friends on "thrill rides". He was a Ham radio enthusiast with a Amateur Extra class license for 40+ years with the impressive accomplishment of talking to every country and island in the world under the call sign NC4RB.

Above all he loved and cherished all of his family and friends more than they ever knew.

His celebration of Life will be Sunday September 25th from 2-4pm at his Mountain home in TN.

In lieu of flowers Please donate to Hospice of Davidson County or the Hospice Hinkle House.

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