John Allen Brinkley, 72, of Huntsville, passed away on January 2, 2022. Allen was a beloved member of the community who made a lasting impact on those who crossed his path. He always had time, and his interest was sincere. For 47 years, he found joy in helping people through his law practice, which he founded in 1978 and intentionally stationed next door to his church, First United Methodist Church where he was a member for 65 years.

A 1967 graduate of Huntsville High School, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance and his J.D. from the University of Alabama in 1971 and 1974, respectively. Professionally he held such leadership roles as president of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association and member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. Locally, he established and, for decades, ran the People’s Law School, which eventually grew to be televised and available to the public state-wide. If you asked him, he would tell you that one of his greatest accomplishments was serving as assistant softball coach of his daughter’s Little League team.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Melissa Crute Brinkley, whom he loved since their middle school days; son and law partner, John Allen Brinkley, Jr. (Kristen); daughter, Rebecca “Becca” Brinkley Brady (Jimmy); 10 grandchildren, Wini Brinkley, John Allen Brinkley III, Lyn Brinkley, Andy Brinkley, George Brinkley, Charles Brinkley, James Brinkley, Elizabeth Brinkley, Liv Brady, Scarlett Brady; brothers, George Lewis Brinkley III (Glenna), James Clyde “Jimbo” Brinkley; sister, Jane Brinkley Plaxco (Mickey); sister-in-law, Mary Alice Kelly Brinkley; and 15 nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martha Jane Wheatley and George Lewis Brinkley, Jr.; brother, Daniel Fox Brinkley; and nephew, William Edward Brinkley.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, January 5, at First United Methodist Church. A service will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Bill Crosby and Rev. Coy Hallmark officiating. In light of current circumstances, masks will be required. A live stream of the service will be available at