Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Services

3195 Atlanta Highway, Athens, GA


Nancy Gillespie Brinning

November 14, 1927September 29, 2019

Nancy Gillespie Brinning formerly of Charlotte, NC, died Sunday, September 29, at her home in Duluth, GA.

A Commerce, GA native, she was born in 1927 and educated in the Athens public schools. Nancy was a French major and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in 1948. While at the University, Nancy was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority as well as Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor organizations.

After her marriage and relocation to Charlotte, NC, Mrs. Brinning served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary for Piedmont Natural Gas Company. She retired in 1993 after 33 years with the company. During her tenure, she was a member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, serving a term as president of the southeastern region as well as former president of the Charlotte Chapter of Executive Secretaries, Inc.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband David M. Brinning. She is survived by her three nieces, Kathleen Jackson, Eunice Gillespie Sams, and Helen Gillespie McCabe.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will take place at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens, GA on Friday, October 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A graveside service will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a Humane Society no-kill shelter of choice.


  • A Celebration of Life Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 4, 2019


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Nancy Kibbee

October 16, 2019

My name is Nancy Carol, and I was named after Nancy Carol Gillespie Brinning. She had been friends with my father since they were in junior high school. She became my closest friend when my father became ill and I was taking care of him. She gave me the support and positive attitude I needed to get through his 8 year ordeal. Nan, I am so sad that I had to Google your name to find out you were gone. I knew something was wrong when you did not answer my voicemails. I love you, and you are in my heart always.

Myrna Fourcher

October 3, 2019

Nancy was truly a refined, intelligent, and lovely southern lady. For those of us who knew her through Executive Secretaries, Inc., which became Executive Women International, she was a mentor to many of us. Though small in stature, she demonstrated an air of confidence. Nancy was professional in every sense of the word; at the same time, she was very friendly, interested in others, and caring in her relationships. Her laughter was infectious. We recall how she loved her cat and watching the birds in her yard. Nancy's absence definitely leaves a void in the lives of her friends here in Charlotte; we have missed her since she moved to Duluth and now even more since her death.
Our deepest sympathy to Eunice, Kathy, and Helen.
- Myrna Fourcher

Abit Massey

September 30, 2019

Nan was a beautiful and talented person - a credit to her family and friends and to Athens High School - she will be missed.