FORT WORTH – Charles C. Brinkley, a community banker, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Fort Worth.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at North Fort Worth Baptist Church, 5801 North Interstate 35 West. Visitation begins at noon at the church and during a reception following the service. Burial will follow at Perrin Memorial Park Cemetery.
Charles was born June 27, 1926, in Weatherford to C.E. and Helen Wilson Brinkley. After graduation from Weatherford High School, he attended Weatherford College, where he was elected student body president; both schools later recognized him as an outstanding alumnus. His student body office led the pre-med student to a job offer from the M&F State Bank, where he began a career in banking Feb. 15, 1945, that lasted through February 2009. His first week at Weatherford College he met Pauline Cranford, whom he married Sept. 12, 1945, and with whom he celebrated 67 years of marriage. If you were ever around him very long, you heard at least once how they met and courted, and how he adored her still.
After Weatherford College, Charles attended TCU and was a proud, enthusiastic Horned Frog the rest of his life. He later taught banking and finance courses at TCU and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU. From M&F, Charles moved to the First National Bank of Weatherford in 1952, then to North Richland Hills in November 1961 as the founding president of the Northeast National Bank. Northeast became the flagship of a holding company, Northeast Banchsares – later named Texas United Bancorp – which merged into Allied Bancshares (now Wells Fargo). In 1986, he resigned from the board of directors of Allied Bancshares and on Jan. 1, 1987, began 22 years at Liberty Bank. Over his 64 years of banking, he served in numerous positions with the Texas Bankers Association and American Bankers Association, and lobbied many years for home equity lending to be permitted by the Texas Constitution.