Ellen Brinkley
Ellen McAlister Brinkley
  • 95 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 9, 1922
  • Date of passing: Oct 2, 2017
Let the memory of Ellen be with us forever

Ellen McAlister Brinkley, 95, a longtime resident of Wake County passed away of natural causes on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Born March 9, 1922 in Anderson County South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Mamie and Clarence McAlister. Ellen was married for sixty years to Glenn Thurman Brinkley who preceded her in death. Ellen graduated from Greenwood High School and attended Lander College. She was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and also served as the Church Treasurer for many years. She retired from John Umstead Hospital after twenty-five years of service as a Medical Records Librarian.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Olive Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Church 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Mausoleum.

Surviving are her children, Lee Brinkley Britt and husband Bill; LeMerle Brinkley; Glenn Brinkley II and wife Donna; Leslie Brinkley and wife Patricia; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Dilleshaw.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Olive Grove Baptist Church, 3014 Olive Grove Church Rd., Creedmoor, N.C. 27522.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Phipps Family on 1st November 2017

"May God comfort the family during this difficult time.  He promises to help us at Isaiah 41:10.  So sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Janice and Charlie Rogers on 12th October 2017

"I so sorry to hear about the passing of Ellen.  I did not know until today.
There are so many memories of Ellen and Thurman,  Grace & Billy Emory and Effie and Ray Sherron. They were such good friends and now they can enjoy Eternity together.
You are in our thoughts and prayers in the days, months and years to come."

This tribute was added by Shirley Gregory on 11th October 2017

"I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I saw it in the Butner Creedmoor paper on Thursday, to late to attend the service. She was always such a lovely person. I remember coming home with you all after church on Sundays, always a good time!! My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by Mary Ziecina on 9th October 2017

"I am so very sorry to hear of Ellen's passing. I have for years tried to reach her, but couldn't get answers as to where she was. Ellen was a mentor to me, reminding me that no matter how bad life got, God has our backs. Ellen lived an amazing life with more friends than I know one person could have. She had such a passion for music and life. Her favorite song was, How Great Thou Are. Every time I sing or hear this song, Ellen is with me. Ellen, I am so sorry we lost touch with each other, but you were and always will be in my heart. I love you!!!"

This tribute was added by Shelia Butts on 4th October 2017

"To all Ms. Ellen’s dear family I want to express my deepest sympathy for the passing of your sweet mama. I know her past few years have been so difficult being away from home and in the assisted living. She was always so active at church and at the Senior Center in Creedmoor so this time for her had to be hard.  I’m thankful her passing was easy and that now she is reunited with her dear husband and your daddy. They are happy together and in the presence of our Lord. What more could we ask for them. Praying for peace for all of you. Love you all! (Shelia Forsythe Butts)"

This tribute was added by Ellen Poe on 3rd October 2017

"I am so very sorry to hear about Ellen passing away.  I have a lot of fond memories of her growing up and also at Olive Grove.  Ellen and my mother Effie Sherron thought so much of each other.  I love the family and praying for God to comfort all of you in your time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by Shirley Hayes on 3rd October 2017

"My sincerest condolences to Lee, LeMerle, Glenn, Leslie and families.  Many fond memories attending / growing up in Olive Grove Baptist Church with your Mom and our families.  Prayers for comfort in your time of sorrow."

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