John William (J.W.) Brooks

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John William (J.W.) Brooks passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his home in De Kalb, Texas. He was 91.

J.W. was born April 28, 1926 in Horatio, Arkansas to Tom and Francis Stansbury Woodson Brooks. On December 12, 1942, he married Mary Reed Brooks. During the sixties and seventies, he and Mary provided a home for 45 foster children. He was also a tractor mechanic, dozer operator and farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter-in-law, Ruby Brooks.

He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Mary Reed Brooks of De Kalb, Texas; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Andrew and Linda Brooks of Yantis, Texas, Charles Brooks of Lufkin, Texas and David and Joyce Brooks of De Kalb, Texas; one daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Carl Roberts of De Kalb, Texas; a sister, Bess Anderson of Clarksville, Texas; twelve grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; eight great- great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Woodmen Cemetery in De Kalb, Texas under the direction of Bates Family Funeral home.

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb, Texas.

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