Terry Dale Brinkley, 75, of Stuttgart passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, April 27, 2019, after a short illness.
Terry was born Nov. 22, 1943, at Stuttgart to Eugene and Evelyn Thorlton Brinkley. His grandparents were George and Viola Armstrong Thorlton and Irving and Minnie Brinkley. Terry was a lifelong resident of Stuttgart.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Arky Willis Brinkley; his daughter and son-in-law, Rae Lyn and Jonathan Sperry of Conway; his precious granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Sperry of Conway; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hahn of Slovak, Millie Case (Marvin) of Hot Springs Village, Jean McCollum (Billy Roy) of Bryant, Bonnie Eagle of Memphis and Clara Willis Brown of Stuttgart; two nephews; and eight nieces.
In addition to his parents and grandparents, he is preceded in death by his step-father, Harold Wessels; sister, Helen Fern Smith; nephews, Mike Wilson and Jeff Eagle; nieces, Nancy Carol Willis and Peggy Hahn Young; brothers-in-law, Morris H. “Jiggs” Willis, Danny Ray Willis and Gilbert Hahn.
Terry’s elementary schooling was completed at St. John’s Lutheran School in Stuttgart. He graduated in the class of 1961 from Stuttgart High School. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard and upon graduation he service six months active duty in the United States Army. After being honorably discharged with Army Expert Badge and Carb M1, he served in the Army National Guard until January 1965. He then served in the United States Army Reserve until December 1968.
Terry was a graduate of Fisher Body School, General Motors Training Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Terry loved a challenge whether it be making Barbie clothes on the Singer sewing machine for his daughter to completely restoring a 1932 Ford Coupe back to its original beauty when he was just 25 years old. He was very gifted in working with his hands and his mind and could master almost anything mechanical. He was a licensed well driller and a master machinist.
In 2018 he completed his last challenge when he took a junked 1959 Cushman Eagle Scooter and completely restored it to its original condition.
He enjoyed duck hunting, fishing and boating, but truly loved deer hunting.
In Terry’s younger years he was active in Jaycees with pee wee football and swimming program. CB Club and Weather Watch, National Tractor Pulling Association and Stuttgart Sled Association.
He was an active member of Southside Baptist Church and sang bass in the Men’s Quartet for a number of years. He served in various capacities at his church over the years. He loved the old-time gospel quartet music.
Funeral services, officiating by Bro. Gregg Greenway, will be 3 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Southside Baptist Church with visitation at 2 p.m. Burial in Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery by Turpin Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorials to Southside Baptist Church building fund.