Jerry Wilson Brinkley, 79, of Salem, Virginia, formerly of Bath County, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 12, 2022.

He was born August 10, 1943, in Richmond, Virginia, the son of the late Ernie and Mabel Brinkley.

He was a retired business owner, an avid Coca-Cola collector, and a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a beloved uncle and aunt, Rene and Eva Crouzet.

His surviving family includes his wife, Diana Brinkley; daughter, Carrine Graham and husband, Ray; son, Alan Brinkley and wife, Paola; brothers, Jim and Jack Brinkley; sisters, Jeanie Metzger and JoAnn McElwee; cherished granddaughters, Jessica Graham, Danielle Brinkley, and Anna Brinkley; and adored great-granddaughter, Aubrey Jones.

Family members and friends may gather together on Monday, November 21, 2022, beginning at 6 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem, Virginia. A funeral service will then begin at 7 p.m.

Jerry will be laid to rest on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 2 p.m., at Warm Springs Cemetery in Warm Springs, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Local arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.


  1. I am heartbroken with this news, Jerry was a very dear friend from the time he helped us get a 3wheeler for the kids, saved me in Roanoke on 81 broken down car. He and Diane let me stay overnite once when I had to be at the hospital early. I have missed them coming to Country Cafe on Fridays. He will be missed by so many. My God bless and be with Diane and their family. So much love and prayers to them.

  2. I am heartbroke from this news. Jerry was a very dear friend to my family always willing to do kind things. He helped us get the kids a 3wheeler, when they were young, saved me from I81 once my car broke down, he and Diane let me spend the nite cause I had to be at the hospital so early I have missed and continue to miss them coming to country Cafe on Fridays almost every week. A loss to anyone who knew him. I pray that God will bless and be with his dear family. So much love and many prayers to all of you. Bootsie


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