Merle Brooks

Merle Duane Brooks

Marion - Merle Duane Brooks, age 88, of Fairview, NC and formerly of Marion, NC, passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Flesher's Fairview Health & Retirement Center. Born in Riverton, Nebraska, he was the son of the late William and Muriel Dart Brooks. Merle, currently a member of West Asheville Baptist Church and previously a member of the First Baptist Church of Marion, was involved in the Prison Ministries and many other charitable programs in the community. He was a U.S. Army veteran and will be remembered as a loving father, devoted husband and faithful friend. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 63 years, Marie Buchanan Brooks; two sons, William "Bill" Brooks of Fairview, NC and James Randy Brooks of Fort Lauderdale, FL.

A funeral service will be held Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home with Rev. Stan Welch officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army. Entombment will be at McDowell Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home.

An online register is available under OBITUARIES at



Funeral Home

Westmoreland Funeral Home
220 South Main Street Marion, NC 28752
(828) 652-3161

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 2, 2013