Donald Spikes Brinkley III was our loving son and big brother for 29 years. He went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2014. The Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Saint John’s Baptist Church off Holland Road in Virginia Beach, VA at 5:00 p.m.
“Little Don” was our blessing and a blessing to others as he freely wanted to be there for others and help with anything they needed. He always put other’s needs before his own and really enjoyed doing this as he felt this was his purpose in life – to be there for others.
Our baby, Donald III, was given to us by God on April 16, 1984 and he brought great joy into our lives. He loved the outdoors and learning life’s secrets on how to discover God’s gifts of nature. He was his dad’s “buddy” and they constantly did the “guy things” of yard work, fishing, camping, and whatever they wanted to do together. Donald III was a gift to his mother as he freely shared his love and hugs and always helped her when she needed him. They loved the times when they would take nature walks or bicycle rides just being mother and son sharing their thoughts.
Even though his nickname was “Little Don”, he was a BIG brother to his two sisters, Christy and Candice. He always wanted to make sure he helped them with homework, crafts, cooking, and learning how to live as an adult with credit cards, insurance, and bank accounts. As a big brother he fulfilled a role that a parent couldn’t. He knew all the secrets and life’s mistakes that his sisters made. He never judged them; he only gave them advice and helped them work out the hardships they faced. Don cared for the people he loved more than he cared for himself. His sisters knew that and that is the one thing they will never be able to live without. He truly was a GREAT BIG brother and gave his sisters a wonderful gift of his time and wisdom along with his enormous love.
Donald III graduated from Princess Anne High School in the International Baccalaureate Program with honors and from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Medical Engineering.
He enjoyed being creative and crafty. He did this through many things like jewelry making and wood working but his passion was always photography. He pursued photography because he realized that he had found a way of capturing the beauty of nature and God’s creations. He was really good at identifying the “peaceful” settings and smallest creatures. He began to start his own business with this photography gift.
Donald III loved to cook and create “unique” dishes to share with others. He enjoyed being able to create something out of what seemed to be nothing. He could take the simplest ingredients and make the most delicious meal. He had a passion for spice. He loved the food “hotter” then most so he kept the dishes milder so others enjoyed them too.
He had no problem sacrificing his time in assisting with the care of his grandparents, Nanny and Papa, as they were the love of his life. He loved being there for them to assist with anything they needed. He is now in heaven with his Nanny giving her love and care.
The three “Don’s” (Donald III, his Dad and his Papa) had a tradition of eating breakfast every Sunday morning. They loved to adventure to new restaurants both in North Carolina and Virginia to discover “specials” and interesting meals. This was a treasured time for them as they got together and shared their thoughts and ideas.
Donald III was a true Christian and loved the Lord with all his heart. He loved the activities that Saint John’s Baptist Church had to offer to him growing up. They truly made him into the man he was until the end. The opportunities of being in Vacation Bible School and the teachings in the Bible were truly learning experiences for him. He LOVED the Youth Group and the mission trips that he was able to participate in for Venezuela, Wales, Virginia, South Carolina, and numerous other local areas where help was needed. This was his passion of helping others and this provided a wonderful opportunity for him to fulfill this passion. He truly had wonderful Sunday School teachers, deacons, and members that help to nurture him with his Christian growth. Our family will be forever grateful for this gift from the church.
Donald III would want everyone he loved and knew to celebrate his life and continue to live their life. He would want everyone to love the Lord and always to look for the good in others along be willing to help others in their time of need.
Our family would like to thank everyone for their love, hugs, food, flowers, thoughts, and prayers during this difficult time. We rejoice in knowing that our precious son and brother, Donald III, is with the Lord rejoicing in his heavenly home and with his family preceding him.
Rejoice in his life and continue to love your family and friends. Always hug your family every day with no negative thoughts and truly love them as life on earth is temporary and God chooses the time to bring us home to heaven when we least expect. Donald III will be there when our time is chosen to embrace and love us when we’re all reunited.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to St. John’s Baptist Church or the International Mission Board (www.imb.org).
Our family would like to extend an enormous “Thank you” to the Family Choice Funerals & Cremations for their personal and respectful way they handled our and Donald III’s needs. The whole experience was very caring and understanding to grant the wishes for Donald III.
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