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Wanda Brinkley

Jul 29th, 1926 - Oct 4th, 2021

Funeral Ceremony: 3 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home 

Interment: Elmwood Cemetery



   Wanda Marie Brinkley, age 95, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Monday afternoon, October 4, 2021, at Clay County Hospital.

   She was born July 29, 1926, in Flora, the daughter of Verdie and Bessie (Strange) Vail.  She was united in marriage to James William Brinkley Jr. on October 15, 1942, in Morganfield, Kentucky, and together they shared 37 wedding anniversaries until his death April 10, 1980.

   Wanda enjoyed large family gatherings in her home and tending to her garden.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan.  Her family was the light of her life and she always made sure she had a gift for all 105 at Christmas.  Wanda was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Flora.  She was devoted to her faith in God and served as a true servant to His word.

   She is survived by her children: Larry Brinkley of Benton, KY, Janet (Roy) Bricker of Flora, Doug (Violet) Brinkley of Enid, OK, Dianna (Frank) Cricelli of Pocahontas, Kent (Donna) Brinkley of Flora, Maureen (Alan) Tolliver of Flora, and Sam Brinkley of Riverside, CA; 17 grandchildren: Tim (Tina) Brinkley of Benton, KY, John (Tammy) Brinkley of Calvert City, KY, Jeannie (Benny) Mitchell of Benton, KY, Angie (Tom) Tolliver of Fort Wayne, IN; Leroy (Kelly) Martin of Flora, Kelly (Roy) Conard of Flora, Kris (Kory) Snell of Flora, Michael (Jennie) Brinkley of Enid, OK, Brandon (Laura) Brinkley of Alva, OK, Dominic “Nick” Cricelli of Highland, Nathan Cricelli of Highland, Cathy (Carl) Taylor of Flora, Josh (Stevi) Brinkley of Flora, Michelle (Joe) Conrad of Flora, Ashley (Nathan) Jones of Xenia, Amber Brinkley of Riverside, CA, and James Brinkley of Riverside, Ca; 60 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Rajean (Hunter) Connell of Flora and Fran Hilderbrand of Louisville.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: James Brinkley Jr.; a daughter: Glenda Brinkley; granddaughter: Elizabeth Brinkley; 6 sisters: Freda Wheeler, Verna Williams, Mary Lagle, Doris Hillebrand, Luceil Holcomb, and Pearl Wheeler; and 2 brothers: Wiley and Ed Vail.

   A funeral ceremony will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Don Lusk Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are suggested to Operation Christmas Star or Flora Academic Foundation and will be accepted through the funeral home.   To share a memory or condolence visit:  


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Robin & Sharla Todd

October 5th

Very sorry for your loss.

Ed and Ruth Trowbridge

October 5th

So sorry for your loss. Wanda was a wonderful lady who loved the Lord and her church.

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Bradham

October 5th

So sorry for the loss she was definitely a sweet lady.

Ken and Terri Lence

October 5th

Janet and family, So sorry for your family's loss..prayers

Cindy & Ronnie Tate (Lusk)

October 6th

So sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom. All my love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a very special lady.

Laura Holtz

October 5th

So very sorry to read of the passing of Maureens mother. By her age I know she lived a very full life. May you find comfort knowing she in a much better place. Prayers for you and your family.

Charlie and Patty Peters

October 5th

We're so very sorry.

Bud & Linda Martin

October 5th

Maureen, Michelle, Ashley and Families: We’re sorry for your loss. Your mother and grandmother was an amazing woman. We know you will sorely miss her. There was a joyful reception when she entered Heaven! You’re all in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve. God’s blessing and comfort to each of you❤️

Bill and Robin Atwood

October 5th

A delightful "Lady"! I am sorry for your loss. Your family has always been close and that is rare these days. Good examples of family.

Santos family

October 5th

Sorry to hear this .rip Wanda

Nancy Mink

October 5th

I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort.

Norman and Shirley Fry Workman

October 5th

So sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Roy Schoiber

October 5th

Kent so sorry for your loss

Vicky, Bill and Chase Brann

October 5th

Our deepest sympathy to the families. Loved Aunt Wanda and she will be missed. Another angel in God's house. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Laura Holtz

October 5th

So very sorry to read of the passing of Maureens mother. By her age I know she lived a very full life. May you find comfort knowing she in a much better place. Prayers for you and your family.

Carl and Brenda Bandy

October 5th

So sorry you all have lost your mom, grandma, great grandma, and great great grandma. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers, while also sending you hugs and love. We know she is in heaven with the Lord, and Uncle Jim! God bless all of you.

John and Judy Lusk

October 5th

To all of Wanda's family we wish to send our condolences to each one of you. I remember all the good things she did when she belonged to Bloom Baptist Church. She was always ready to help in any way she could. Now she is at rest and enjoying her family who have been waiting in Heaven.

Phyllis and Dan Kaufmann

October 5th

I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to the whole family!

Brad and Tina Briscoe

October 5th

So sorry for your loss, prayers for all of your family

Mary Walter

October 5th

You will be missed by a lot of family and friends. You will be with Jim and Glenda.

Ashton & Julie Byrd

October 6th

Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time. Wanda was such a sweet lady.

October 6th

We just want to tell all of you how very sorry we are for the loss of you mother. She was a wonderful and caring aunt and we will miss her. She was loved by so many and a inspiration to us all! Dennis and Carla

Meryl Woods jr

October 6th

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friend's.

Cindy & Ronnie Tate (Lusk)

October 6th

So sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom. All my love, thoughts and prayers are with you all. She was a very special lady.

Joe and Pam Harrell

October 6th

So sorry for your loss. I remember seeing her at so many sporting events watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren play. I know you all will miss her terribly. Prayers of strength and comfort to all the family.

Donna (Hess) Whiteley

October 6th

Y'all are in my prayers! Asking God to wrap His loving arms of comfort around your family as He gives you the peace that passes all understanding! 😢🤗

Sharon David

October 6th

Wanda was a very good lady. To Doug, Violet, Janet, Roy, and all the rest I want to say I am so sorry. You know Wanda is having a celebration in heaven. May God be with you and help you through these hard days ahead.

Dave & Carolyn Henson

October 6th

What a beautiful soul, who lit up a room with her smile! She enjoyed old fashioned songs & hymns & I'm sure all of heaven is rejoicing! Prayers & hugs for all who loved her!

Debra Modlin

October 6th

I am sending my thoughts and prayers for your family. May God be with each and everyone during your time of sorrow with your loss.

Steve & Misty (Wiegel) Wheeler

October 6th

Sending prayers & hugs She was a sweetheart and always had a smile.

Steve and Betty Stanford

October 6th

Thoughts and prayers go out to all. She definitely loved her family and will be missed

Terry Igert

October 6th

We are very sorry for your loss!! She was a very special woman!!! We will be praying for you all!!! 1

Kay Fritch

October 7th

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mother Sincerely Kay Fritch

Kim and John Ivy

October 6th

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this time.

Leon & Glenda Sharp

October 6th

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Joanie Thompson

October 6th

Wanda was a courageous Christian woman. She will be missed but rest assured she is rejoicing with the Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with her family who she loved only second to God.

Dennis and Candace Goodman

October 6th

Sad to hear or Wanda's passing. She was a wonderful woman.

Debbie (Glaspy) Johnson

October 7th

So very sorry for the loss of your sweet mother! Such fond memories of her when we were young.

Dale and Sandi StricklandCastleberry

October 6th

Janet and family .So sorry for your loss. Prayers of peace and comfort for all.

Linda Dulaney Lewis

October 7th

Love this photo of Wanda, exactly as I will remember her beautiful smile. Had known Wanda since I was a child going to Oak Street Southern Baptist Church. She was a faithful servant to the Lord and was blessed with lots of family and friends. Condolences to you all. ❤

Phillip Leak

October 7th

I remember Wanda as a good neighbor. I hate to see her go. My condolences to all the family.

Lowell & Brenda K Showalters

October 7th

Janet & Family we are so sorry for your loss. Wanda was a lovely lady, good Mother and a friend. We know that she is in a better place and God will take care of her. To you and your family we love you all, stay strong

Aaron and Terri Landreth

October 7th

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to Maureen, Angie and the entire Brinkley family. So sorry for your loss. Aaron and Terri Landreth

Rhesa& family

October 8th

So sorry for your loss. Our loss is Heaven's gain. Love & Prayers to you all

Pam (Glassford) Smith

October 7th

My thoughts and prayers are with Wanda's many friends and family. May our God bring you many fond memories, comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Angie Tackitt

October 10th

Miss Wanda will be missed. I loved Miss Wanda she was the most sweetest loving lady I have ever met. When my husband got saved she gave him a devotions book called Jesus calling and still to this day he reads his devotions daily. I'm happy that I had her in my life. I know she's in heaven praising God just like she did here on Earth.

Sam and Ramona Anderson

October 13th

So sorry for your loss. Sending our sympathy and prayers for her family.

Debra Ritchie

October 17th

Thoughts and prayers



Robin & Sharla Todd
Dale and Vicky (Cricelli) Milner
Loy and June Stanley
Marilyn Stanford
Debbie Yates
Tom & Angie Tolliver
Don and Ruth Ann Lusk
Brenda Rinehart
Joe and Pam Harrell
Sharon David
Marty & Nancy Thompson
Jill and Jim Fehrenbacher
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Mud & Linda Martin
All 70's Reunion
Class of 1972
Debbie King Casell
Peggy Nichols
Brian & Tina Humphrey
Don Jane and Darren Delaney
Larry Frost
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Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
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Troy and Amy Kitley and girls
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Nancy Mink
Jim & Karen Williams
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David Bryden
Tony and Janice Randall
Mike and Sharon Gray
Garold Hosselton
Jesse & Carmen Lewis & family
Dana & Barbara Milligan
Lois Martin
Tim and Bridget Schnautz
Walt & Doloris Brewer
Patrician Santos &family
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Tom and Maria "Button" Pemberton
Roy & Kelly Conard and girls
Mary Anne Pittman
Dan & Mary Patridge
Ann Archer
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Jan Schafer
Lina Cricelli
Cheri Laughlin Wildbur
Autumn and Josh Ward
Roy and Teresa Schoiber
Deb Spillman
Brenda & Gary Miller
Dennis & Nancy Wiley
Carl and Brenda Bandy
Mary Reynolds
Vickie Buckley
Gary & Sharon Lagle
Dennis& Shirley Conard
Tara Race
Ken and Terri Lence
Charlotte Dulaney
lucy eckelberry
Les & Stacy Higgason
John and Judy Lusk
vickie hill
Ron & Nancy McGee
Cindy & Ronnie Tate (Lusk)
Richard and Karen Stanfield
Randy and Susan Block
Brian & Tina Pieplow
Tyler Smith
Gary & Debbie Perry
Vernon and Yvonne Guinn
David and Sue Burt
Phil & Jane Henson
Jim and Aleta Tackitt
Tom and Della Welch
Roger and Janice Fleener
Don and Mary Smith
Bruce & Robbin Dickey
Linda Harrell Judd
Carol and Jeff Stratton
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Virginia(Wells) Ashley
Mary Walter
June Payne
Dennis and Carla
Gary and Sherrie Kittle
Chuck & Nancy Buchanan
Meryl Woods
Don & Kathy Hale
Jerry and Gayla Mayo
Gayle and Connie( Kittle ) Osbornes
Norman Philli[ps
Tim &Cindy Enyart
Draven Taylor
Dan & Cheri Gill
Becky Murbarger
casey and debra eastin
Mike Krutsinger
Mark lagle
Larry and Debbie Douthit
Jean Guerrettaz
Dennis and Sue Lindeman
Delberta Bowen
Jim Fry
Dana and Janet Franklin
Mr. and Mrs. Danny Bradham
Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Dave & Carolyn Henson
Devon and Amanda Fuson
Ray, Shannon & Shad Rutland
Paula Jones Rahn
Debra Modlin
Susan Schroeder
Mike & Deb McKinney
Draven Taylor and Sarah Sanford
Judy Beard
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Andrew Pearce
Leon & Glenda Sharp
Roger and Janice Fleener
Steve & Carol Oestreich
Clara Booth
Myron and Gail Woomer
Larry and Peggy landreth
Heather&Craig Birdwell
Flora Class Of 1973
Sarah & Jim Hayes
Steve & Misty (Wiegel) Wheeler
C.R., Crystal, Cody & Bryan Smith
Rita and Jim Hallett
Debbie (Glaspy) Johnson
James West
Tom & Yvonne Winters
Dale and Sandi Strickland Castl. eberry
Ted & Jackie Richardson
Peggy Coble
Diana & Greg Rutland
Galen & Neoma Gill
Sherrie Owens
Jill and Jim Fehrenbacher
Shirley Cartright
Pat Burt
Brian & Tina Humphrey
Rose Anderson
Aaron and Terri Landreth
Matt & Debbie Goodman
Tiarra Sharp
Keith and Julie Graumenz
Robert and Regina Bricker
Dudley & Jeanne Winn
Pam (Glassford) Smith
Joann Stanford
Jill Kharibian
Kevin & Angie Connell
Janet Weber
Bob and Beth Hilliard
Angie Tackitt
Sharon Sanders Felix
Jim and Sandy Sulsberger
Sam and Ramona Anderson


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