Thursday, June 17, 2010

OBT: Bart Brinkman

Bart was one of the classiest human beings it has ever been my privilege to know. i feel honored to have been able to work with him over the years. this is a devastating loss, truly an overwhelming loss.

Charles Barton “Bart” Brinkman

KERRVILLE — Charles Barton Brinkman, known to most as “Bart,” passed peacefully on Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

Bart was born on Sept. 27, 1943, to parents George and Nadine Hansen Brinkman, in Frankfort, Ky. He lived in Kerrville as a child and attended school at Starkey Elementary. In 1962, Bart returned to Kerrville following the death of his father.

On June 4, 1966, he married Cheri Hunnicutt, and they were blessed by the birth of a son, Brandon Charles Brinkman, in 1971.

Bart served his country in the United States Air Force, being honorably discharged in 1972. He was a graduate of Schreiner College, the University of Texas School of Pharmacy and Webster University.

While a resident of Kerrville, he worked at Kerrville State Hospital, Gibson’s Pharmacy and Kerrville Veterans Administration, retiring as head of the V.A. Pharmacy in 2005.

For many years, Bart was involved with Hill Country Youth Soccer Association and refereed under the guidelines of AYSO. He also refereed soccer on the high school and college level. He greatly enjoyed his time on the soccer field and all of the people that were involved with those organizations.

In 1983, he was ordained as an Elder at Grace Bible Chapel and continued to serve and bless members there until the time of his passing.

Bart was preceded in death by his father, George Brinkman; a sister, Barbara Brinkman; and his mother-in-law, Wyma Hunnicutt.

He is survived by his wife, Cheri; son, Brandon; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Brinkman; and grandchildren, Makayla, Alexa and Colt, all of Fort Worth, Texas. He also is survived by his mother, Nadine Baldridge of Kerrville; brother, Bruce Brinkman and wife, Peggy, of Bedford, Va.; extended family members, Larry and Meredith Hester, Lois Hester of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Mona Workman and husband, Bubba, of Boerne, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bart will be remembered as a man of God who had a servant’s heart, a tender spirit and a joyful laugh.

A celebration of Bart’s life will be held at Grace Bible Chapel, 241 Southway Drive South, Kerrville, Texas, on Saturday, June 19, 2010, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Pat Patterson and Lane Conring officiating.

Memorial remembrances may be made to Hill Country Youth Soccer Association, Grace Bible Chapel or a local charity of one’s choice.

The family invites you to send condolences at by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.

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