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.
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