Everett Brinley, 82, of De Soto died April 4, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City. Mr. Brinley was a carman welder for the Union Pacific Railroad for 33 years. He served in the U.S. Army for 2 1/2 years in Germany as a hospital corpsman during the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of De Soto and several local veterans groups. He also served on the Mo-Pac Credit Union Board of Directors and was a labor union representative. Born Oct. 7, 1936, in Fletcher, he was the son of Cora Mae (Thornhill) and Clayton Edward Brinley.
He is survived by his wife: Mary Jo Brinley; two daughters: Heidi (Roger) Hall of Columbia and Cindra “Cindy Karnes” (Mark) Taylor of Columbia; two sisters: Neoma (Dennis) Hamann of St. Louis and Mildred Wilson of De Soto; five grandchildren: Angelee (Matt) Geisler, Emilee (Mytch) Haynie, Jacob Hall, Justin (Sara) Taylor and Darren (Carrie) Taylor; and 13 grandchildren: Ben, Ashlee, Carter, Brinley Drew, Melena, Kaisyn, Justin, Jaxton, Jameson, Brooklyn, Cale, Charlie Dean and Cooper.
He was preceded in death by a brother: Jim “Pup” (the late Peggy) Brinley; an infant sister; a brother-in-law: Les Wilson; and a grandson: Scott Haynie.