Orville P. Brink
November 26, 1919 – November 28, 2018
Orville P. Brink, age 99, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 28, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Brink; his devoted daughter, Rebecca Brink of Durham, North Carolina and his nephew, Roy Brink of Houston, Texas. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 26, 1919, he left there in September, 1940 when his unit, the 154th Observation Squardron, Arkansas Air National Guard, was called to federal service. Following his release from active duty, he moved to West Palm Beach, where he became active in the First Baptist Church and the community.
He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1962 where he became Owner/President of the Terminix Company. He retired in 1984. Soon after arriving here, he joined his beloved First Baptist Church where he remained active in many phases of church life; active in a Bible class and served as Deacon Emeritus. Additionally, for many years he taught a Bible class at Independence Hall Retirement Home in Wilton Manors. He would say that “teaching God’s Word was his greatest joy.”
In 1980, he chaired the Steering Committee of the Superintendent’s Commission on Public education or “SCOPE.” The Commission conducted an intensive study of the schools and made recommendations for improvement. The outstanding work of SCOPE produced over 100 major recommendations which were officially adopted by the School Board. Later, Mr. Brink was nominated to President Ronald Reagan to receive the President’s Volunteer Action Award as an outstanding example of community cooperation and support of the school system.
He further served the community as a Vice President of the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Chamber’s Education Task Force and Chairman of the annually observed “Free Enterprise Day” program which highlighted cooperation between the business and professional community and Broward County Schools.
For many years, Mr. Brink served on the board of John Knox Village, a retirement community in Pompano Beach. He chaired the Health Care Committee, giving many hours of his time to this activity. Further, he served for nine years on the Venetian Condominium board of governors and president of its board. His leadership skills were also reflected when he served as president of the Plantation Civitan Club, Governor of the Florida District and president of Civitan International.
He earned a private pilot’s license while in college and enjoyed over 40 years of flying. Motor homing with his family was also an important part of his life.
Mr. Brink’s full and happy life was highlighted by a devoted service to God, his family, his church, community and country. He gave unselfishly of his time, talents and treasure and was recognized as an encourager to others.
As a faithful man of God, his presence will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
- Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
- Funeral Service Monday, December 3, 2018
- Graveside Service Monday, December 3, 2018
Orville P. Brink
December 6, 2018
Who would have thought Orville would meet his lovely Marie at age 74, marry and enjoy 25 wonderful years together. Only God could do that. My mom, Sylvia Milks, a lifelong friend of Marie, met Orville before they married and agreed with Marie that she had met the love of her life. I was fortunate to be able to spend many Christmas Eve celebrations with Marie and Orville and remember his kindness and encouragement especially to my Dad and my son, both who were in need of faith in Jesus. Orville not being shy to speak of his great faith reached out to spread the 'good news' to them. Especially touching, I witnessed Orville and Marie singing my Dad's favorite hymn 'The Old Rugged Cross' at his bedside after he suffered a stroke. Always loyal, always kind, always generously sharing his faith with others, our family was blessed to have Orville as a friend. I am certain that Orville left this world a better place, as he was a tireless champion of those in need. We know for certain that Jesus was his guiding light and are confident that he is now enjoying being in his glorious presence. Marilyn Milks Hurst, Sylvia Milks and Michelle Milks Hamilton
Warren and Ella Cox
November 30, 2018
At the prime of his life, Orville gave God first place, in his life, and he remained true to the end. As a result, he enjoyed a fruitful life of service, living, and loving.
We were very blest to have shared many wonderful times with him and his family in our almost 40 years of friendship including our motorhome days together.
He will be greatly missed.
Warren "Lee" and Ella "Mae" Cox
Those were the names Orville gave us.
November 30, 2018
My deepest sympathy is extended to Dr. Marie Chittum and family in the loss of her husband Orville. I pray that God’s peace will be with you, and his loving arms embrace you during this sad time.