Arthur James Brinkley, Jr. 50 of Grasonville, Md. departed this life on Feb. 18, 2017 at Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington DE, surrounded by loved ones.
Arthur was born on May 27, 1967. He was the son of Shirley Tilghman (Bishop Charles) of Middletown, Del. and the late Arthur James Brinkley, Sr. Arthur graduated from Queen Anne's County High in 1986. Upon graduating from high school he began working at the Bethany House & Allen Foods, in Cordova, Md. After resigning from The Bethany House & Allen Foods he moved to Salisbury and started a new journey managing The Stepping Stones Recovery House. This new endeavor allowed Arthur to be a mentor and to pave the way for young adults as well as adults working their “STEPS”. He allowed his mentees to see his transparency, “HE KEPT IT REAL”! Arthur was also employed full-time at Perdue in Salisbury, Md. He was a compassionate, humorous, and loving gentleman. It was nothing he wouldn’t do for people, especially his family. Along with loving and adoring his family, Arthur inspired them to always be themselves, to not worry about the opinions of others, and to never give up, especially his kids.
Arthur was very active in the world of Narcotics Anonymous (NA). He helped so many people with their sobriety. When he would come back home to visit, he would attend services at New United Methodist Church in Chester, Maryland with some of his family members and his beautiful and loving grandmother Margaret Reed, who spoiled him rotten and whom he loved with all of his heart. She was his “ANGEL”.
Arthur had a passion for music and was the life of the party. He loved to dance (Something he inherited from his father).You could see him on the dance floor, busting moves with his sidekick, Izone (Ike) Pulley. Growing up, when you saw Arthur, you knew Izone wasn’t too far away and vice versa. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He would take rides with various bike lovers like the Street Warriors, and Homeboys, just to name a few.
He was preceded in death by his father Arthur James Brinkley, Sr., Glen Brinkley (brother), and Tammy Johnson (special cousin).
He leaves to cherish many beautiful memories; four children, Ciara Brinkley of Greensboro, Md., Tavel Alston of Aberdeen, Md., Brianna Brinkley of Cordova, Md. and Mya Unique Hopkins of Chestertown, Md; two grandchildren, Trinity and Kaeden Hawkins of Greensboro,Md.; parents, Bishop Charles and Shirley Tilghman (Middletown, DE); his loving grandmother, Margaret Reed, seven sisters, Shonte Carpenter (Reginald) of Queen Anne, Md., Denise “Cookie” Potter of Easton, Md., Dania Edwards-Sampson (Lionel) and Andrea Brinkley of Baltimore, Md., Arnika Johnson of Grasonville, MD, April Bordley (Derrick) of Easton, Md. and Deayna Ewell of Grasonville, Md.; three brothers, Mark Brinkley of Baltimore, Md., Jemale Johnson of Grasonville, Md., Joshua Tilghman of Middletown, Del., three special cousins; Anthony Brinkley of Easton, Md., Kevin Handy, Jr. (Shamika) of Easton, Md., and Francis “Skipper” Cooper; seven aunts, Gloria Bordley of Church Hill, Md., Barbara Hynson of Easton, Md., Rose Johnson of Grasonville, Md., Ethel Mae Nickens of Baltimore, Md., Earle Mae Jackson of Virginia, Md., Lorraine Handy (Donald, Sr.) of Grasonville, Md., Etta Johnson of Baltimore, Md.; one uncle, Aaron “Cheese” Brinkley of Cambridge, Md.; God brother, Izone Pulley (Mia), special friend, Christopher Rich; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.