Dr. Avery Baron Brinkley, Sr., 87, passed away after a prolonged illness on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at Coliseum Park Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home with Dr. Tripp Martin and the Reverend Matthew Brinkley officiating. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vineville Baptist Church, 2591 Vineville Ave., Macon GA 31204.
He was born July 22, 1925 in Meridian, MS., and grew up in Augusta, Ga. He attended Richmond Academy in Augusta, the University of Georgia (Athens), The Medical College of Georgia (Augusta), and completed his general radiology residency at University of Tennessee in Memphis. He then completed a four year tour as Captain and flight surgeon in the USAF. Dr. Brinkley then taught radiologic technologists at MCG/Talmadge Memorial Hospital in Augusta after which he entered private practice in Mobile, AL. followed by permanent relocation to Macon, Ga., in 1957. He practiced at Macon Hospital (now the Medical Center of Central Ga.), and subsequently, Parkview Hospital, the Riverside Clinic and Warner Robins AFB Hospital. He then retired from medical practice at Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, Ga. Dr. Brinkley was a member of Vineville Baptist Church in Macon.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty McGahee Brinkley, two sons Dr. Avery Brinkley, Jr. (and his wife Cara Parkman Brinkley) of Ocala, FL, and Reverend Matthew Brinkley (and his wife Vickie Graham Brinkley) of Roswell, Ga., daughter Betsy (Brinkley) Kendrick (and husband Skot Kendrick) of Macon, and 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Dr. Brinkley's hobby was his family. He was offered a professional singing career while in medical training in Memphis but chose to continue his medical training instead. He was a loving husband and father, and a compassionate physician who will be missed by family and all those who knew him.
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Macon Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery has charge of arrangements.