Cornelia Hales Brinkley, 83, of Wilmington passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Trinity Grove of Wilmington.
Cornelia was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, the daughter of Essie Mae Hales and was a retired daycare teacher. She lived for eighteen years on N. MacMillan Avenue in Wilmington where she had many wonderful neighbors who looked out for one another. Preceding her in death were her husband Clade Rountree Brinkley, Jr and sister Katherine Hales Sandy.
She is survived by children, Clade Eugene Brinkley and wife B.J. of Maysville, NC; Denise Loreen Brinkley, of New Bern, NC; Michelle Lee Brinkley of New Bern, NC; and Brian Rountree Brinkley and wife Joanne of Wilmington, NC. She is also survived by siblings Larry Wayne Lewis and wife Jackie, of Angier, NC; Mary Jo Young and husband Jacky of Goldsboro, NC; and Elaine Bedford and husband Henry of Kenly, NC. She was “Gran Gran” to seven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.
Services will be private.
Donations can be made in her honor to the Continuing Education Fund at Trinity Grove Senior Care Community, 631 Junction Creek Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412.
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