Charles C. Brinkley

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Brinkley, Charles C. Charles C. Brinkley, a community banker, died Saturday in Fort Worth. Memorial service: 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 4, 2012, North Fort Worth Baptist Church. Visitation: at the church beginning at noon, and during a reception following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to: Brinkley Scholarship Fund at Hardin-Simmons University, Weatherford College Foundation for the Charles Brinkley and Pauline Cranford Brinkley Scholarship Fund, or Northeast Lions Foundation Inc. Charles was born June 27, 1926, in Weatherford, Texas, to C. E. and Helen Wilson Brinkley. After graduation from Weatherford High School, he attended Weatherford College, where he was elected student body president; both schools later recognized him as an outstanding alumnus. His student body office led to a job offer from the M&F State Bank, where he began a career in banking February 15, 1945, that lasted through February, 2009. His first week at Weatherford College, he met Pauline Cranford, who he married September 12, 1945. After WC, Charles attended TCU. He later taught banking and finance courses at TCU and Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. From M&F, Charles moved to First National Bank of Weatherford in 1952, then in 1961 was the founding president of Northeast National Bank, flagship of a holding company that included American National on Forest Lane and Cedar Hill National. Over 64 years of banking, he served in numerous positions with the Texas and American Bankers Associations. In 60 years in Lions Clubs, Charles sponsored over 300 new members, and served as 2-E2 District Governor. He served on the executive board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and on boards of trustees and development at Hardin-Simmons University. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Reeder. He is survived by his wife, Polly, son Michael and wife Jamie Bodiford Brinkley, sister Wanda Baker and husband Paul, and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 3, 2013
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