Elvis Orren Brinkley, Jr., 85, of West Plains, Missouri, died July 24, 2013.
He was born December 4, 1927 in Pritchett, Colorado, to Elvis Orren Brinkley, Sr. and Veanas Oleatha Moody Brinkley, who have since passed away.
As a young man, Elvis had been a wheat farmer in Baca County, Colorado, then lived in south central Missouri where he worked for Western Telephone Company for 24 years. During those years Elvis was active in Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce in Cabool, Missouri. He traveled in later years and resided in Alaska and Hawaii.
He was very clever and capable with mechanical things and people were always amazed at some of the craftsmanship he exhibited. Some of the things he made from wood are quite unique.
He always had a love of the outdoors and a fondness for animals.
His faith in the Lord kept him through many difficult years and through many trials. At the time of his passing he was a member of Central Church in West Plains.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul Brinkley and C.L. Brinkley; his wife, Ruby Esther Brinkley; his wife, Rose Marie Brinkley; one granddaughter and one great-grandson.
He is survived by his sisters, Belva and Lois; his daughters, Kitty McKnight of Fordland, Missouri, Betty Ice of Houston, Missouri, and Sherry Hendricks of Cabool; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.