SYNEIDA OVETRA BRINKLEY, daughter of the late Joseph Gates and Elizabeth Smith, was born on July 13, 1947, in Hampton, Virginia. She transitioned from this earthly home and crossed over to her Heavenly home on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at her home in Littleton, North Carolina.
Syneida received her formal education in the public schools of Hampton, Virginia.
On June 28, 1986, Syneida was united in marriage to Leslie Brinkley, Jr., and they relocated to Littleton, North Carolina. The couple brought together two beautiful families with nine children. They became members of the Lee’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and she remained faithful until she entered into eternal rest and peace.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her stepchildren, Cynthia D. Brinkley and Dorothy Brinkley-Edwards; and her stepson-in-law, Michael Villegas.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and to share the beauty of her love are her husband, Leslie, of the home; her children, Tracy Bras of Hampton, VA, and Pamela Fields (Wayne) of Henrico, NC; her stepchildren, Judith Brinkley of Lawrenceville, GA, Jerreta B. Villegas of Gainesville, GA, Angela B. Spencer (Byron) of Pedro, CA, Alma J. Brinkley of Gainesville, GA, and Larry Burgess (Brenda) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other people who just loved her.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Lee’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 8202 NC Highway 4, Littleton, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Jeffrey Anderson, will eulogize, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will repose at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, April 29, 2018, and at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.