Thelma Brinkley Flynn, 99, a ‘soft-spoken lady who loved her family dearly’

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Thelma Brinkley Flynn
Thelma Brinkley Flynn

Thelma Brinkley Flynn, 99, of Wilmington, passed gently from her earthly life in Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 at her home.

She was born April 26, 1916 in Ahoskie, the daughter of the late William D. and Elfreda Wilkins Brinkley. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Richard “Dick” O. Flynn; son, James “Jimmy” W. Flynn; and daughter, Freda Flynn.

Thelma is survived by her son, Douglas R. Flynn (Pat); daughters, Gloria F. Hood (Ray) and Patricia F. Allen; grandchildren, Mitchell Allen, Donna Williams (Jeff), Jennifer Nolan (Aaron), Angela Allen and Kevin Flynn; five great grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

She was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church where everyone made Thelma feel loved and special as she almost reached 100 years.

Thelma was a kind, gentle, soft-spoken lady who loved her family dearly. Being a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Thelma blessed the lives of many with her words of encouragement and her strong Christian faith. Her sweet, sweet spirit was loved and will be missed.

The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 3788 Shipyard Blvd., Wilmington with service beginning at noon in the church sanctuary. The Rev. Tim Reaves will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Atkinson Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be given to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home.

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