Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA


Opal Jean Brim

May 20, 1943May 16, 2020

Opal Jean Brim, born May 20, 1943, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2020.

She was Baptist in faith. She worked for Coats & Clarks Zipper Factory in Newport News for 22 years. She then worked with Cooper Wagner Lighting and Federal Mogul Lighting in Hampton for 12 years. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbor. She loved cooking and spending time with her family and friends, laughing and enjoying life. She never met a stranger and was known for having a helping hand. She was a beautiful spirit inside and out. Her fur-baby, Parker, was a true little companion to her.

Opal is survived by her daughters, Katherine Ayer of Smithfield, Deborah & Edward Holmes of Grandy, NC, and Wanda Brim of Newport News; grandchildren, Joshua Ayer & Taylor Warner of Smithfield, Ian and Justine Brim of Smithfield, Eric & Rebecca Holmes of Bynum, NC, Jeremiah Ingle of Flint Township, MI, and Desiree Holmes & Blair Bradley of Garner, NC; great-grandchildren, Lucian Holmes and Veronica Brim; sister, Lois Searcy of Rutherfordton, NC; sister-in-law, Sandra Rhodes of Forest City, NC; the Smith Family of Tabb; many nieces and nephews; and close family friend, Dixie Crisp. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Pink & Lillian Clara Rhodes; her husband, Oscar B. Brim; her grandson, Jeffery C. Ayer; and son-in-law, Kevin P. Ayer.

A life celebration will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Pastor Rusty Beck of Parkview Baptist Church, who is also a family friend, with the burial immediately to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive family and friends from 12 pm to 1:30 pm on Thursday, May 21 prior to the funeral at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Va 23666.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


Opal Jean Brim

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Mary Nolan

May 21, 2020

Miss Opal was a dearly loved friend of mine from Wagner/Cooper/Federal Mogul days. I will never forget her wonderful sense of humor. I will always remember her as the best maker of "medicinal cough syrup".

Rest in peace, my Friend!


May 21, 2020

I am glad to have made Opal a part of my life. She was a dear and sweet lady. She always made you feel welcome in her home. She left a great legacy. I know she will be missed by her family and friends but, she is with her maker rejoicing now.

God Bless each of you.

Jeff Ashton

May 20, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Opal’s passing. I had the privilege to work with Opal and fondly remember her as being always positive, bright smile, always helping someone, extremely respectful, and most of all down to earth. My condolences to the family for your lost.
I will always remember Opal and I think god for putting her in path with my life.


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