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Joe Brinkley of Cairo, died Dec. 4 at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. He was 81.

Over 40 years of bi-vocational ministry he served Bethel, Antioch and Immanuel Baptist churches in Bowen Association and Long Branch Baptist in Grady Association.

A Navy veteran who lost a kidney after being injured aboard the U.S.S. Henrico, he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bobbie Horton Brinkley; sons Kenneth and Tommy, both of Cairo; daughter Patricia Brinkley, of Cairo; sister Sue Brinkley Williams, of Orlando, Fla.; brother Ben Brinkley, of Cairo; eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.