On September 3, 1957, God planted a treasured gift into the lives of the late Albert J. and Betty L. Brooks - Ronnie L. Brooks. This initial chapter of life was filled with joyous memories with his three brothers. Their lifelong bond is endearing and strong.
At a tender age he began his relationship with his Lord and Savior at Jordan Grove AME Zion Church. Ronnie L. Brooks was a remarkable student and athlete. He lettered in football and ran track at Jordan Matthews High School where he was a proud member of the class of 1975. It was also at Jordan Matthews that he met the true love of his life, Jeanette Peoples Brooks.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie L.Brooks set out in 1975 on what would be a forty-four year journey. Born to their union were three sons. “My three boys” as they were known, learned a great deal from their father. He encouraged them to study, coached them on extending the Brooks athletic legacy and even found time after long days at work to help each of them restore vintage cars in anticipation of their sixteenth birthdays. The greatest of the lessons that he taught in this chapter were the words of Proverbs 22:6.
With a loving wife and family at home, Rev. Ronnie L. Brooks ventured into the great service that has touched so many. He started out as a Local Preacher and went on to serve as an Ordained Elder of four AME Zion churches as a servant leader. His last charge was St. Matthew AME Zion Church of Pittsboro, NC. He served as a shepherd, but never hesitated to share the gospel, impart the plan of salvation or give a kind and encouraging word to any person he might meet.
For years, Rev. Brooks served as a staff member in Public Works. He was employed with Chatham County and most recently, the Town of Pittsboro. Monday through Friday he worked to provide water services to the people in his community. On Sunday he broke the bread of life to his congregation and taught that the water Jesus gives will cause you to thirst no more.
He retired in September 2018 from public service and considered this a birthday present to himself. The plans for this chapter of life were: to take Jeanette to the beach, enjoy the “apples of PaPa’s eyes” - his grandchildren, and continue to restore his cars. He also planned to preach revivals and counsel younger preachers who were entering the ministry, something he felt was his duty.
On Friday, August 23, 2019 Rev. Ronnie L. Brooks moved from Siler City, NC to his new mansion. Those who will never forget his memory include, his loving wife, Mrs. Jeanette P. Brooks, his sons - Ronique Brooks and Terisa, Shawn Brooks (Jocelyn), Jeremy Brooks and Megan. He leaves his mother Betty L. Brooks. His brothers, Greg Matthews(Margaret), Allen Brooks (Teresa) and Toddy Brooks(Veronica). His grandchildren, Takera, Samaya, Madelyn, Xavier, Freya, and Katai Brooks. His mother-in-Christ, Mary Alice Peoples and her children, Vanessa Smith, Belinda Adams(Ben), Brenda Peoples, Sterling Peoples(Twyla), Byron Peoples, and Tim Peoples(Monica). There are a great number of nieces and nephews who will cherish him always. He and Jeanette have a considerable number of Godchildren who mourn his passing. He will forever be remembered by a great host of relatives who keep him in their hearts. Acknowledgements The Brooks family has been blessed by the numerous acts of kindness shown. The generosity from friends and family have added solace during these difficult days. May God continue to show you grace and grant favor. Your expressions of love will not be forgotten.
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