Gloria Lorraine Britt Brinkley

Published 9:15 pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4:7-8



Gloria Lorraine Britt Brinkley was born on May 18, 1956, to the late George and Ellen Saunders Britt in Suffolk. On Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, God whispered, “Come home my child, come home for I have prepared a place for you,” to our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  Our Matriarch obeyed and quietly slipped away to be with our Lord. She was preceded in death by two brothers, George Alvin Britt and “Baby Boy” Britt.

Gloria was employed with Planning Council and Suffolk Social Services Department as a child care provider for many years. She was a member of Rising Saint James Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she served faithfully until her health began to fail.

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Gloria was married to the love of her life, James E. Brinkley, and to this union, two children were born, Shaleta R. Norfleet (Na’kia) and Latanya N. Brinkley. She also leaves to cherish her memory, three sisters, Iola M. Britt, Belinda Skeeter (Larry), and Ellen Johnson (Henry); two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; two grandchildren, Tarrell Lassiter and Makayla Britt; a devoted nephew, Quidreaun Britt; a devoted caretaker and friend, Cynthia Randall; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and special friends.

Mrs. Britt’s visitation will take place at the funeral home on Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and the family will greet guests from 5 to 7 p.m. A tribute service will take place at New Mt. Joy FFLM Church on Saturday at 2 p.m., and she will be laid to rest in the T.E. Cooke-Overton Garden of Carver Memorial Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy and flowers may be extended to the family at

T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home Inc. has entrusted with the funeral services.