Ralph Edward Brinkley Sr., 87, of Hannibal, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal.

Ralph Edward Brinkley Sr., 87, of Hannibal, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Beth Haven Nursing Home in Hannibal. 

Funeral services with Military Rites will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Jack Emmite will officiate.  

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Ralph’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Ralph was born Jan. 25, 1931, in Milan to Ralph James and Thelma Melvina Wheeler Brinkley.

He was married to Elizabeth Belle White on Aug. 14, 1949, in Hannibal. She survives.

Other survivors include three children, Carolyn Brinkley Waddell of Hannibal, Ralph E. Brinkley Jr. (Marcia) of Hannibal and Marcella L. Goodwin (Mark) of Philadelphia; one brother, Lewis Henry Brinkley (Pat) of Hannibal; four grandchildren, Scott Michaels (Rhonda), Tricia Asquith (Tim), Deanine Haynes and Natalie Oswald (Chris); and seven great-grandchildren, Austin Haynes, Kody Asquith, Kameron Asquith, Kristyan Michaels, Kaylee Michaels, Ethan Oswald and Aiden Oswald. He is also survived by two great-great-grandchildren, Carter and Cadence; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Larleta Kay Brinkley; one brother, William Alvin Brinkley; and one sister, Bonnie Jane Ray.

Ralph served his country proudly in the United States Army.

He retired from the City of Hannibal, where he worked as a mechanic for many years.

Away from work, Ralph loved to golf. He was an active member and volunteer at the Hannibal American Legion Golf Course, where he often played.

Ralph also enjoyed bowling, throwing horseshoes and fishing. In his younger years Ralph also liked horseback riding and riding motorcycles.

Other pleasures included following Mizzou sports, Kansas City Chiefs football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Trips back home to Milan to visit or fishing and camping trips to the Lake of the Ozarks were always enjoyed.

Above all else, Ralph cherished the time he shared with his family and friends.

Ralph was a longtime member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Scott Michaels, Kody Asquith, Kameron Asquith, Austin Haynes, Dan Reische and Don White.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Brinkley's grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made and video tribute may be viewed at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com