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1631 Church Street
NORFOLK, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508
Willis Brooks

Willis James Sidney Brooks Jr.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 1944 - Sunday, November 29th, 2020
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Mr. Willis “Willie” James Sidney Brooks Jr, was born August 23, 1944 in the city of Norfolk, Virginia to the late Willis J. Brooks Sr, and Sarah Kellie Brooks. Willie’s early education was in the city of Norfolk. His high school education was in New York. The passing of his mother brought him back to VA where he remained.

To know him was to love him. He was a kindhearted, loving, and amazing brother, father and husband. The best person to get advice from because he never bit his tongue. Willie was a hard worker and dedicated leader. In the 60’s, Willie was President of the VA chapter of The Black Panther party called The Black Legion, heading a movement of equality that we are yet fighting today. Willie worked as a supervisory Pipefitter for the Department of Defense, Norfolk Naval shipyard for more than 22 years. Following his retirement in 1992, Willie was an active volunteer with Norfolk Public Schools in various capacities. During his leisure, he enjoyed fishing at various piers throughout Norfolk, watching his favorite television shows and movies, and spending time with loved ones especially during the holidays. During football season, Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights he sported his Dallas Cowboys gear...game days were his favorite. Willie also enjoyed other sports such as watching the New York Yankees, tennis if one of the Williams’ sisters were playing, golf if Tiger Woods was in the tournament and competition Poker games. As a well-rounded individual, his taste for life was unmatched. On Sunday, November 29th, after a long battle with acute renal failure, our beloved Willie passed away. Just as he dealt with all experiences in life, he went through his sickness with strength, perseverance, and grace. Willie was 76 years of age.

Willie was predeceased by his parents Willis and Sarah Brooks, his beloved wife Jacqueline L. Brooks, brother George L. Brooks, and two sisters Shirley Brooks Mumford and Diane Stovall Harris. He leaves behind to cherish precious memories two brothers-Johnnie L. Brooks (Norfolk, VA), Sammie D. Brooks (Va Beach, VA), four sons: Joseph S. Brooks, (South Carolina), Bobby J. Brooks (Norfolk, VA), Terrance J. Brooks (Norfolk, VA), Willie J. Brooks (Florida). Three daughters: Tracy E. Brooks (GA), Margaret T. Brooks (Norfolk, VA), and J. Kellie Brooks (Woodbridge, VA), granddaughter Miangel J. Brooks (Va Beach, VA), and a host of other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Graves Funeral Home
    Address
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Riverside Memorial
    Address
    1000 E Indian River Rd
    Norfolk, Virginia 23523
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  • Interment

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    Riverside Memorial Park
    Address
    1000 E Indian River Rd
    Norfok, VA 23523
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Corey Garlic

Posted at 12:00pm
Kellie and Angel, you and your family are in our prayers. Mr. Brooks was very kind to us and pretty funny. I thank God for knowing him and Mrs. Brooks, two beautiful people. May God continue to strengthen you and give you peace during this time and forevermore. We love you all! God Bless.
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YaVette and Tony Hill

Posted at 10:46am
Sending you love, my sweet niece♥and our strength to get through to the other side. They are both at peace.
 
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YaVette and Tony Hill Posted at 10:57am

Sending love to you and your Family, Von. Wish we could be with you all♥
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Tina Elliott Blount

Posted at 11:24am
From our family to yours, I pray God’s peace during this time. Willie will be missed here on earth, he was an amazing man.
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Sarah Hopkins

Posted at 10:15am
Rest in peace Uncle Willie you will be well miss Love Always
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Anthony Brooks

Posted at 07:06pm
To my uncle my you rest in peace the battle it was not yours it's the lord's you will be sincerely missed
 
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Sarah Hopkins Posted at 10:15am

Rest in peace Uncle Willie you will be well missed Love Always
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