Let the memory of William be with us forever
  • 66 years old
  • Born on January 24, 1952 .
  • Passed away on May 2, 2018 .

William Abram Brinkley, Jr., 66, a lifetime resident of Wake County passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Duke Regional Hospital.

William was born in Wake County and was the son of William Abram Brinkley and Mildred Browning Brinkley and the husband of Dianne Keith Brinkley. He was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church. He owned and operated Brinkley Farms in the Northside community and was a lifetime farmer, self-professed culinary expert and four-letter word aficionado!!

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Olive Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Jack Hollowell. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Dianne Keith Brinkley, two daughters Tara E. Brinkley and Kristen L. Brinkley, a son, William Michael Brinkley (Jennifer), six grandchildren, Cayla, Taylor, Chase, Madison, Hunter and Grayson all of Creedmoor.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in the fellowship hall at Olive Grove Baptist Church and at other times at the home.


Posted by Timothy Kitts on 6th May 2018
Our heartfelt condolences to all of the Brinkley family. Tim & Louise Kitts
Posted by Dawn Evans on 4th May 2018
Diane, Micheal, Tara and Kristin, I am so sad to hear about William. He was such a good friend, husband and father. I remember back many years ago when your family welcomed me in to Creedmoor. Being fresh out of college, I did not have many friends or family near by. William was such a wonderful person. He was always so kind and willing to help me in any way. I got to see your family grow and I will always remember the closeness you all shared. I had no idea William’s health had become so poor over the last few years. I am ashamed I was never by for a visit. I want you to know however, I think of your family often with such fond memories. I send thoughts and prayers for each of you and your family members during this time. I wish I were able to come this weekend. I will promise to come by my next opportunity that I am in North Carolina. William was a great man and I feel honored and blessed to have known him. Much love. Dawn Evans
Posted by Phyllis Beck on 4th May 2018
Extending caring thoughts to all of you during the passing of William. David has been a friend for many years and has lots of memories. Peace and grace to you as you go through the next few days.(remembering riding to school in a 68 -Impala green 396cu!)
Posted by Ellen Young on 4th May 2018
Hello Mrs. Brinkley and family, I so love seeing Mr. Brinkley at the Durham Farmers Market, I know last summer he was not well and seem better at times when speaking with you. I am so sorry for your sadness, you and your family seem like family when buying from you. You are in my thoughts and prayers, with my deepest sympathy to all of you. Ellen Young
Posted by Bob Emory on 4th May 2018
Dianne, So sorry to hear of William passing. William was a great neighbor and person. I regret not telling him when I saw him last summer how much I appreciated his and your kindness to my family. He was always a joy to talk with and always made me laugh.
Posted by Janice And Charlie Rogers on 4th May 2018
Dianne and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. There are so many memories of William growing up that it hard to name just one. Our families were so close back then. I know they are all celebrating in Heaven this day and forever. Lots of Love, Janice and Chuck
Posted by Nita Tulloch on 3rd May 2018
William lived his life doing what he loved. He loved the land and working it as long as he was able. He will be missed, praying for all of you.
Posted by Holly Ray Eakes on 3rd May 2018
Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have many memories from spending time at Mr. and Mrs Brinkleys home with Kristen when we were younger. My dad thought a lot of Mr. Brinkley. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Jackie Dean on 3rd May 2018
Please know Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Wish we could attend but, we are scheduled to attend a wedding the same time on Saturday. Richard and Jackie Dean
Posted by Fern Williams on 3rd May 2018
I wish come be there Saturday. I will be thinking of you'll. Even though we have not seen much of each other, I remember how well our daughter,Dawn was treated when she graduated from nurses training and was looking for a place to live since she got a job at Duke Hospital. Your family was so kind to her. Great memories visiting there. May God bless each of you. Fern Williams Maryville, Tennessee

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