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William Brinson Jr.

May 8, 1952 April 10, 2020
William Brinson Jr.
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Obituary for William Brinson Jr.

Michelangelo once said, “I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”

William was a southern peach and gentleman, born in Florida but spending most of his adult life in Michigan. He worked nearly 46 years for General Motors, most of it as a Team Leader launching future vehicle programs. Everyone who worked with William had the utmost respect for his innate team-building and leadership skills and his unique ability to encourage the best from each person, making a strong team to be proud of. He took many classes of additional training throughout his career to hone his skills. William was a class act, at work, at home, and in life.

In his younger years, William was a disc jockey with his own brand, Maddog's Sound Factory. He enjoyed a wide variety of music and had quite a good ear. William was a marvelous dancer.

William had a lifelong love affair with automobiles, spending much of his youth drag racing, rebuilding older cars, and fixing anything on any car that needed fixing. He loved to tinker, often saying Dinah's "honey do" list after his retirement was more like an entire set of encyclopedias than a list! That man could fix anything. He would inspect it, ponder over it, sit a spell, and then go to work. Such a handyman. The clever way he had with tending to his chores and household tinkering projects will be sorely missed.

William was involved in numerous charities, including the Washington Consolidated High School Alumni Board in Cairo, Georgia, the HAVEN, a domestic violence/abuse shelter in Michigan, Four Paws One Heart, an animal rescue supporting medical expenses for abused/neglected animals, the ASPCA, Special Olympics, Oakland Literacy Council, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and many other animal shelters and rescues. He had a charitable heart and supportive, giving spirit. These charities will continue to be supported in his memory.

William spent 6 years in the U.S.M.C. as a brave and valiant Marine. It was a source of great pride for him to serve his country. He was a good and humble man. Those closest to him called him Corporal Cupcake.

There was never a more devoted son, spending most vacations and holidays in Thomasville, Georgia,
throughout the years, helping his parents on their farm. They had a plentiful garden and many pigs, dogs, horses, and other animals to tend. William was a country guy at heart.

William married his beloved wife, Dinah, in Barbados, in 1995 in a double wedding with brother, David, and wife, Cindy. Each year for more than 20 years, the couple or the foursome spent vacations in the Caribbean, his favorite place to be. William and Dinah had many adventures together, including a long trip to Costa Rica and two trips to Ambergris Caye, Belize, after his retirement in 2016. They were contemplating a long-term relocation to Belize for their future. Their motto was, “If not now, when?”

They lived in Rochester Hills for years and now reside in Oxford on a two acre piece of paradise. They have spent seventeen years remodeling the stone cottage in the country that they love living in. They are surrounded by lakes, wetlands, enormous trees, and lots of mulch. William loved to spend time gardening with the scent of a campfire in the air. In fact, William and Dinah spent years traveling around Michigan enjoying their 30' Airstream Classic travel trailer and the splendor of Michigan summers.This was especially enjoyable when accompanied by friends and family, fishing, and spending many evenings cozied up to a campfire telling tall tales. Those were the best and most memorable times. Dinah bought him a bass fishing boat for his retirement. He named it "Off The Clock," a great reminder that it was time to enjoy retirement while fishing.

William chose his friends carefully and was a loyal and loving friend. He had a few lifelong friends
that were like brothers to him, but also had numerous people who appreciated his kindness and gentle friendship. He was a well-loved man.

Throughout the years, William and Dinah rescued numerous dogs and cats. They were all devoted pets, faithful companions, and spoiled rotten in the best way. He is missed by his French Mastiff, Mavis Pearl, his boxer/American bulldog mix, Grady Owen, and an old cat who runs the show, Theodore Ramon. They entertained him with their goofy grins, sloppy kisses, and silly antics. He loved his pets.

William was a gentle giant, a kind and generous spirit, with a heart as big as life. He supported Dinah in their community sharing meals with elderly, neighbors, and friends. His specialty was helping make delicious and monstrous pots of soup to share. He was funny, had the biggest laugh, and an epic smile that lit up a room. William was a grand pet owner, a loving brother, a loyal co-worker, a helpful neighbor and, especially, a charming and beloved husband. William and Dinah survived cancer together, and many other health scares, that enriched their faith and their love of each other. There was never a man who was loved more. There has never been a man who will be missed more.

William lost a courageous fight with the coronavirus. Dinah is home recovering, as well. A memorial service and military honors ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.



Rest in peace, Bunky.
You are the love of my life. 

Always, Dinah





William’s parents:
William Brinson, Sr., Rest in peace
Essie Lee Sherman Brinson, Rest in peace

William's siblings:
Frank Brinson (Mary)
Caretha Jackson (Roger)
Virginia Ann Davidson
Queen Mack
Sharon Brinson
Edwina Brinson
Atnita Brinson, Rest in peace
Allan Teasel
David Teasel (Cindy VanHaaren)
Alana Hoeft
Cathy Burton (Harold)

Mother-in-law:
Mary Burley

William also leaves a family of loving and supportive relatives, and a warm circle of marvelous, loyal, funny, and delightful friends.


Memorial Contribution

4 Paws 1 Heart

P.O. Box 84
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

Wounded Warrior Project

P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 6667
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