John Edward Brinkman Jr. • August 8, 2020



John Edward Brinkman, Jr., 74, of Pensacola, Florida, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 8, 2020. He was a loving, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was born to parents John Sr. & Helen Brinkman, on October 5, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama. John graduated from J.M. Tate High School in Gonzalez, Florida in May of 1963 and entered the Pensacola Apprenticeship program for the Plumbers & Steamfitters, LU 366 in December 1963. He graduated from the Pensacola Apprenticeship Program in May 1969. He was drafted into the United States Army in August of 1969 and did one tour in Vietnam. He received many accommodations for his service to his country. Upon his exit from the Army in 1971, he worked with various contractors as a pipefitter, welder, and manager. In 1980, he was hired as a Welder Mechanic at the Gulf Power Crist Plant. He worked there until his retirement in February of 2007. John never met a stranger, and he was always willing to help his fellow man.
He married Mary Sue, the love of his life, on July 22, 1965, who survives him. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year. John is also survived by daughters Suzanne Fulkerson and husband Chad, and Melissa Hill and husband Reid. He had four grandchildren, Brett Fulkerson (Rebecca), Halie Windham (Wes), Hunter Fulkerson, & Jackson Hill. He also had two Great Grandson, Noah & Bennett Fulkerson, and another Great Grandson on the way, Benjamin Windham. He is also survived by his sister, Eileen Tucker, and a multitude of nieces and nephews. John loved and adored his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were his pride and joy, and as long as you would listen, he’d tell you all about them.
John is preceded in death by his father and mother, John Sr. & Helen Brinkman, and his sister Della Railey.
John is not only known for his love of family, but he also loved his community and helping others, as well as restoring and building antique cars. He was a member of the Ensley Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and The Hadji Shrine Temple’s Antique Car Unit. He was also a member of the Bad Boys Rod and Custom Club. His 55 Chevy was one of his prize possessions. He entered and attended many a car show where he won a multitude of awards with his car. He loved the car shows and how the money that they would raise always went to helping transport children to the Shriner’s hospital in Tampa, Florida as well as supporting the Ronald McDonald House, and other charitable organizations for kids.
John was a faithful member of Olive Baptist Church 32 years.
The family would like to offer our special thank you to Dr. David Sheppard for his loyal commitment to our father during his lifetime.
Pallbearers will be Brett Fulkerson, Hunter Fulkerson, Jackson Hill, Wes Windham, Todd McCrory, Chuck Railey, and Scott Railey. Honorary Pallbearers are Fred Fisher, David Pettis, The Hadji Shrine Antique Car Unit, and The Bad Boys Custom & Rod Club.
The visitation and funeral will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Olive Baptist Church. Dr. Ted Traylor officiating. The visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with the funeral at 2 p.m. Burial to immediately follow at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ministry Village at Olive Baptist Church- Pensacola, FL, The Shriner’s Hospital for Children -2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital- 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

  1. Roger White says:

    Mary Sue: I was a friend of John.s from the Wednesday Morning breakfast group at Denny’s Restaurant and a member of the Masonic Lodge.
    We will miss John very much. My youngest daughter attended school with one of your daughters at Tate. (1992 graduates)

  2. Janet Simmons Claytor says:

    We will miss him very much. He made us all feel loved.

  3. Pat Feeley says:

    I knew John through MarySue. They were devoted to each other and had a wonderfully marriage.

  4. Barbara brinkman torbett says:

    Mary Sue I am Barbara brinkman, I just reconnected with Johnny after many years apart. I looked forward to His Facebook posts. My prayers are with you

  5. Debbie Pfeiffer says:

    We are saddened by John’s Death🌹 He was a wonderful Gentleman who enjoyed the Bad Boyz car club as well as The Shriners Show. He will be missed by all that loved and knew him❤️ RIP John…. Debbie Pfeiffer 🙏🏻

  6. Sue Foster says:

    Mary Sue and Family,love you alll so very much,I am so very sorry for yalls loss,Johnnie will be so missed by so many. Ron has a test at V A in Biloxi or I would be there,he does not drive ,I will be praying for each one of you.Sue Foster

  7. Sherry Struense says:

    Mary Sue we are so saddened by your loss. Please know we continue to hold you in prayer just as we have done for the past several weeks. We are unable to be with you physically but our hearts and thoughts are there. Hope to see you shortly. Your cousin Sherry and Rich…

  8. Ray and Angela Hendrix says:

    John was a wonderful man and friend. He always had a smile and a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by me and all who knew him. May God comfort you and may happy memories help you during this time. RIP John. We love you.
    Ray and Angela Hendrix

  9. Alex Dumas says:

    Sorry for your loss.John will be missed by all who knew and loved him

  10. Linda Williams (Plair) says:

    Murry, so sorry to hear about John. My prayers for you and your family

  11. Jim Salisbury says:

    Mary Sue, John is very much missed. I learned A great deal from him. The Lodge is here when needed.

  12. Diane Van Leer says:

    Mary Sue & Family, My heart is heavy for your family. I will never forget the kindness that you and John had shown me the last couple of years as I battled the surgeries and falls. And I will always miss the 5:30 AM chats that John and I shared on Facebook solving the worlds problems. But most of all, I will miss his kindness whether it was with words or though his deeds toward friends. He was my competitor at Car Shows and we always laughed about whose 55 was the Best Of The Day.And his love for the kids and the work he did to promote the Shriner Car Show and The Trunk N Treat on Halloween. I will always have a special place in my heart for him and Mary Sue. And Thanks to the both of you’ll for including me in your circle of friends.

  13. Jimmy Sherouse says:

    Mary Sue and the girls, I hate I will not be able to attend John’s funeral because we are out of town. John was a great man, I admired him for his character and his love for you and the girls. John was one I felt comfortable talking with and listening to over the years. May God give you peace. John is only a cloud away, RIP John Brinkman.

  14. Sharon Galavitz says:

    John will be missed by so many that he had touched their lives. I am thankful that you and John reconnected after so many years after high school. I know this will be a tough time without John by your side, but please remember all the good times that you both shared and that wonderful family you both created. He will live on through them and they will be you rock during the rough times ahead. Remember I am just a phone call away if you ever should need anything. May God bless you and the family and give you the strength and love in the days to come.

  15. Susan Hardin says:

    Mary Sue, I remember John as a good man who was always kind and your constant companion. He was a good uncle to my children and they loved and admired him. I can’t imagine how difficult this is for you. I just wanted you to know that I’m praying for comfort and peace for you and the girls.

  16. Susan Driver Slay says:

    Mary Sue. I talked with Eileen tonite and she told me about Johnny he was a very special person and so are you I’ve always had a love for the both you since I met you in 1969 at his mom and dads in Gonzalez Hang in their Murry for it will be hard time but you will carry on for the girls and your babies and great grands

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