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Staff Sgt. Glen Edwin Brinkley
Staff Sgt. Glen Edwin Brinkley

Staff Sgt. Glen Edwin Brinkley, of Yorktown, died Sunday, June 7, 2015, after many years of battling the effects of Agent Orange with lung cancer and heart disease from tours of Vietnam. He was 77.

Glen was born in Wilson County, Arkansas and raised in Bald Knob, Arkansas where he graduated high school. He then joined the U.S. Army and served two tours of duty in Vietnam, a tour of Korea and two tours of Germany. Some of his medals included the Good Conduct (6th Award), Army Commendation Medal with one OLC, Air Medal with two OLC, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

Glen was a member of Grafton Christian Church, Army Otter Caribou Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the U.S. Army Museum. He was also a member of the “Over the Hill Gang” band. He loved to play his guitar and sing with his dear friends at several nursing homes each week.

After the Army, Glen was employed with several realty companies in the construction part as a punch list man until his retirement.

Glen was preceded in death by his mother and father, Sarah Winningham Brinkley and Thomas Jefferson Brinkley; a previous wife, Judith H. Brinkley; a son, Glen E. Brinkley II; a granddaughter, Morgan Brinkley; a son, William G. Coverston; and a daughter, Colleen Y. Coverston.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda Brinkley; daughter, Bonnie Brinkley Yacconi (Steve), of Hampton; son, Brian Brinkley (Kristen), of Boulder, Colorado; son, Jason Rankin, of Wilson, North Carolina; a sister, Jeannie Faye Smoke, of Malvern, Arkansas; aunt, Emma Shoemaker, of Missouri; and a number of cousins.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Steven and Destiny Yacconi, of Hampton, newest granddaughter Sophia Renee Brinkley, of Boulder, Colorado, Samantha Coverston, of Charlotte, North Carolina and Hannah and Kenny Coverston, of Grafton and a great-granddaughter, Isabella Rankin, of Batavia, Ohio. Throughout the years, he helped raise some of these grandchildren by providing a loving home for them.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Riverside Hospice, especially Dr. Camlyn Jones, Dannielle and Sabrina.

A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at Grafton Christian Church with burial at the church cemetery. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends following the service at a reception held at the church social hall and will receive friends other times at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grafton Christian Church, 109 Brick Church Road, Grafton, VA 23692.

Please leave online condolences for the family in the comment section below. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.

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