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Clarence Brinkley Jr.

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Clarence Elwood Brinkley, Jr.,  of Ben Wheeler, passed from this life to go home with Jesus on Sept. 22, 2019.  

Mr. Brinkley was born Aug. 10, 1935, to Naomi Baggett Brinkley and Clarence Elwood Brinkley, Sr.  

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julia Ann Day Brinkley, of Ben Wheeler;  his children, Michael and wife, Emily, of Grand Prairie; Wayne and wife, Debbie, of Ben Wheeler;  DeAnne  Pickett and husband, John, of Ben Wheeler; and Monty and wife, Tracy, of Grand Prairie.  

He had 13 grandchildren,  Jonathan and Joshua Brinkley, Jennifer Oliver, Jessica Hoover, Benjamin and David Brinkley, Julia Pickard, Courtney and Cody Pickett, and Jeremiah, Sam, Anna, and Alayna Brinkley; and 19 great-grandchildren.  

He is also survived by his three sisters, Glenda Brinkley of Rhode Island, Starr Medeiros of Rhode Island, and Jewell Baptista of Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his parents.    

Mr. Brinkley was a longtime resident of Ben Wheeler and owned an automotive repair business, Brinkley Automotive, in Canton, for 16 years.  

He was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Ben Wheeler and enjoyed greeting people at the door each Sunday.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Oct. 11, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Ben Wheeler, 5516 Farm-to-Market Rd. 858, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754.

Donations in memory of Clarence Elwood Brinkley may be made in lieu of flowers to Hope Pregnancy Center, 885 E. State Highway 243, Canton, Tx 75103.  Donations may also be made online at