He was born Aug. 8, 1917, to John and Onnive Casteel Brooks. He was preceded in death by his ex-wife, Bonnie Simpson Brooks; his second wife, Lottie Brooks; his stepdaughter, Janie Moore, and special friend Betty Jo Ownbey. He was the last of his brothers and sisters to pass away. His brothers were Arthur, Junior, Flavil, Stanley and Ora Brooks; and sisters were Wilma Brooks Buckner and Avis Brooks Barton.
He was a member of Central Church of Christ in Cleveland.
He was a World War II veteran, who served in the Army and the United States Air Force for 20 years. He received the Purple Heart at the beginning of his service career. He received numerous awards while in the service fighting for our country. He was in the service at the same time as his four brothers were serving. He was the only one who was injured. He said he was glad that he was the one injured and not any of them.
He leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Wanda Brooks Droke and Ernest Droke; two grandsons and spouse: James Arthur Droke and Ernie and Anita Droke; great-grandchildren: Austin Droke, Anderson Droke, Taylor Droke, Ryan Droke, and Abby Droke; stepgranddaughter, Beth Clinkscales; stepgreat-grandchildren: Jeffrey, Daniel and Michael Clinksdales; cousin, Ruth Crofts; brother-in-law, Ray (Virginia) Barton; special friends: Nancy and Keith Welder, Judy and Robert Howell and Kenneth Howell; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many friends from Central Church of Christ, Cleveland Christian Church, Garden Plaza, Caris Healthcare.He was called the “Pool Shark” at Garden Plaza. He loved to play pool and bingo.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be at Central Church of Christ, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Minister Tom Harrison will conduct the service at 1 p.m. at the church.
Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery following the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Church of Christ (Benevolence), 200 25th St. N.W., Cleveland, TN 37311.
Send condolences at www.CovenantFuneral.com.
Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated.Walter & Barbara Crox.