2024ObituariesWilliam Marion Brinkley

February 10, 2024by SealeUser9

September 24, 1946 ~ February 9, 2024

William “Bill” Brinkley, 77, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 9, 2024. He was born on September 24, 1946. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doris, his son, Jesse, and his parents. He is survived by his daughter, Buffy, his mother-in-law, Patsy, sisters-in-law, Lola and Lisa, nephews, Jason and William, nieces, Dawn, Angie, and Misty, and his beloved fur-grandbaby, Abby-Jo.

Bill enjoyed exploring history, hunting, fishing, venting politics, and ministering to others about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He made his living as a machinist and turned that career into one of teaching others the trade. He retired from teaching after having enriched the lives of countless students. He leaves a legacy of intelligence, patience, generosity, and love.

Those who knew Bill, understand that he would not want those he’s left behind to mourn. He’d want them to rejoice for he now resides with Jesus Christ and has been reunited with his wife and son. The lessons of his life are those of faith, love, and generosity. Ever quick to help others, he always kindly imparted that what he’s done is in service to and by the will and hand of Jesus.

A memorial service will be held in Bill’s honor at Seale Funeral Home, 1720 S. Range Avenue, Denham Springs, LA  70726, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2024.

In fondest memory of Bill, his family requests that others emulate him. In lieu of flowers—when you can, however you can—please help someone in need.




  • Darrell Porche

    February 19, 2024 at 2:41 am

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.


  • Don Thomas 1964

    February 16, 2024 at 11:55 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers for the family.


  • Robin Thomsen

    February 16, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    Sending you all my love, best wishes and prayers at your loss.


  • Thomas Roques

    February 15, 2024 at 2:14 pm

    Mr. Bill was my Machine shop Instructor in the mid 90s which he plays a big part of my career. He was the only teacher in the area sharing his knowledge with so many students that was willing to learn the trade. There are many students of Mr. Bill’s class that have excellent careers today because he chose to teach the trade he loved. One thing he stressed to his students was never let someone tell you what you or worth. He made class fun and interesting with all the stories and jokes. My favorite joke is the one he would play on new students that he can touch the ceiling with his foot lol. Some of the best times were during Thanksgiving when everyone brought a dish, and we ate and told stories. Great memories for a lifetime!

    God bless family and friends.


  • Enola

    February 14, 2024 at 5:51 pm

    God bless you, Buffy!


  • Enola Miller

    February 14, 2024 at 5:50 pm

    Buffy, your dad, Wild Bill, as I called him, was a hoot! We had so much fun at the different workshops we attended for vocational education. He will be missed and your Mom, Doris n your brother, Jeff, will welcome to be with the Lord! May God bless you, my dear friend!


  • Philip Deprato

    February 14, 2024 at 2:57 am

    Bill was my friend for around 45 years and I knew him as a man of strong character. He was a Christian and lived a humble life following the path that Jesus laid out for us. He and I talked about his approach to teaching. He didn’t just teach the mechanics of doing machine work, he also taught his students about character and he mentored them as they progressed.

    Bill was also a top notch gunsmith and supported the 2nd amendment. He was an officer in the Baton Rouge Rifle and Pistol Club. In addition to this he was a competitor in various shooting types and used to run the deer hunt matches.

    My friend will be missed and I know I will see him again healed in body and mind.


  • Chris Hoek

    February 12, 2024 at 10:50 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have the fondest memories of Mr. Bill. I’ll always remember catching all sorts of animals and bringing them to show him. I will also always remember New Year’s Day pig roasts and a few evenings of good conversation and eggnog. He was an amazing man, teacher, neighbor, and story teller (amongst many other things). It brings me great happiness to imagine him reunited with Mrs. Doris and Jesse. I know we aren’t next door neighbors anymore, but please don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything we can do. Chris


  • Laura

    February 12, 2024 at 6:06 pm

    My deepest condolences for the loss of Mr. Bill. I know how much he loved to vent about politics…don’t get him on a roll we would be there all night lol. He loved his gun shows and all things related to the art of making a good firearm. He taught so many students and no telling how many people are out there machining today because of his legacy. You know I am here for you in this time of grief and just a phone call/text away. Love you so much my sister from another mister. Laura


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