Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Chapel for James Allen "Popeye" Brooks, of Glencoe. James, a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, was surrounded by loved ones at home as he left peacefully to go to his eternal life. Minister Jimmy Simmons of Glencoe Church of Christ will officiate. Glencoe Church of Christ Minister of Music Tommy Musick will lead the service in congregational singing. Burial will follow at Crestwood Cemetery. Glencoe-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home will direct.
Born in Salem, Ala., on April 6, 1934, he moved to the Gadsden area as a child. He graduated from Southside High School in 1954, where he was quarterback of the football team. He attended Jacksonville State University.
He was called to active duty with the National Guard and he served as sergeant in the 146th Light Equipment Company for 15 years. He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. with 38 years of service.
He was a member of the Glencoe Church of Christ. He was a former member of East Gadsden Church of Christ, where he served as elder for 11 years. After his retirement from Goodyear, he worked in a jail ministry, taught Sunday School and regularly visited the shut-ins.
He was an active hobbyist over the course of his life. He was a member of the Gadsden Radio Control Flyers and the Slasham Irregulars RC Club. He loved white-water canoeing, fishing with friends and especially fishing with grandsons. Over the years, he raced go-karts and race cars. He loved riding trails on his Bultaco dirt-bike.
He was a lover of animals and provided a lucky home for many chosen animals and strays.
He was a talented carpenter and woodworker who built his own radio control planes as well as large additions to the family home.
Vegetable farming was a yearly favorite pastime as he enjoyed growing and sharing his crops.
He often entertained friends and family with his wonderful ability to tell stories.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Patricia Lasseter Brooks; his children, Terry (Johnny) Sewell of Kansas City, David (Debbie) Brooks of Gadsden, Ray (Ruth) Brooks of Birmingham, Amy (Danny) Wagnon of Glencoe; his honorary daughter, Cheryl (Terry) Jackson; his grandchildren, Joshua (Caroline) Sewell, Matthew (Emily) Sewell, John Sewell, Zachary (Rachel) Sewell, Benjamin (Trisha) Brooks, Daniel Brooks, Shannon Alford, Susan (Jacob) Dunston, Luke Brooks, James Brooks, Clay Wagnon; and seven great-grandchildren; his sisters, Sara Lu Mullinax, Jo (Euclid) Bullock; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Glencoe Church of Christ.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Harper and staff, Dr. Olga Bogdonova and staff, caregiver Ed Hughes, Amedisys Home Health services, Amedisys Hospice services, and lead nurse Kerri Leach-Benefield, for your compassionate, loving and professional care.
Visitation will be held today from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.www.glencoehokesbluff.com