Dr. Cato Brooks Jr.
1940 - 2018
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Dr. Cato Brooks, Jr. age 77, of Gary, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was born January 26, 1940, in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was the Pastor Emeritus of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church. He was the founder, and pastor of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church, 2323 W. 11th Avenue, Gary, IN, for 38 years. Dr. Brooks retired from active pastoring on August 18, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cato Brooks, Sr and Beatrice Brooks, two (2) sisters, one (1) brother, and his son, Cato Brooks, III. Dr. Brooks is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Bettye J. Brooks, and five (5) children, Attorney Marva J. Davis, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Pastor Marvin (Emma) Davis and Shirlee Davis, of Gary, Indiana, Catina Groves, of South Bend, Indiana, and Pastor Terry Wayne (Monique) Brooks, of San Diego, California, fourteen (14) grandchildren, three (3) great grandchildren, two (2) sisters, two (2) sisters-in-law, one (1) brother-in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A viewing will be held at the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church, on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 12 Noon until 6:00 PM, followed by Visitation with the family from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:00 AM, at the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church.



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Published in Post-Tribune from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2018.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
JAN
12
Viewing
12:00 - 06:00 PM
Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church
JAN
12
Visitation
06:00 - 08:00 PM
Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church
JAN
13
Funeral service
10:00 AM
Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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38 entries
August 13, 2019
I miss your preaching Dr Cato Brooks jr rest in peace. LARRY ELLISON
August 13, 2019
Larry Ellison
Friend
June 7, 2018
I met this man on a flight from Chicago to Birmingham Al. such an amazing man. May God be with you.
Mary Harris
May 25, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 18, 2018
To this day it hurts to think about. Pastor was an amazing mentor, friend, and man to us all. He still reigns true in my heart. No one has had such influence on me and I greatly appreciate the positive impact he had on my life.
Moriah Jones
February 18, 2018
Kristen Gregg
Friend
January 17, 2018
God has picked another beautiful flower from the garden to place in his window sill. You will truly be missed.
Rowena Hampton
January 16, 2018
Prayers and Condolences to you and your Family Lady Brooks. Pastor will really be missed. He was so encouraging. Love and Prayers Always. Lady Wanda Hines, Indianapolis, IN.
Lady Wanda Hines
January 14, 2018
Pastor Terry, God makes no mistake but he is in a better place Adoncia will show him around. Take care of Mom she will need you more now...
Sheba Stephens
January 13, 2018
PASTOR TERRY BROOKS AND FAMILY

Please receive our deepest sympathy due to the misfortune in the family due to death of your father (PASTOR CATO BROOKS JR.). Also know that we are praying for our GOD to send peace and comfort to the entire BROOKS FAMILY.

BLESSINGS TO YOU, ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL.
John&Joan Samuel
January 13, 2018
Pastor Brooks was Truly A Great Preacher that our Lord sent to teach & enlighten all who attended/visited the Tree.
May the Lord Comfort Mrs. Brooks & Family at this sad time of having to part with a Very Loved One.
Carol Dunn
January 13, 2018
Sister Brooks and Family, it is with much LOVE and honor that we mourn with you in the spirit at the transitioning of your beloved Dr. Cato Brooks, Jr.

There is much to be said, many PRAYERS that will continued to be prayed for you all.

God's Strength is Awesome, LOVE AND GRACE is Phenomenal and His PEACE passes all Understanding. May you hold on to His Unchanging Hand both now and FOREVER more.

We genuinely 'Thank You All for Being a part of Our Lives.

Atte Eskew and Family -
Pastor, God's House of Prayer
Atte Eskew
January 13, 2018
My sincere prayers and condolences to the Brooks family,in the passing of Pastor Cato Brooks,may he R.I .P
Ted Brown
January 12, 2018
My condolences to the Brooks Family and the Tree of Life Family. You will continually be in our prayers!! I use to talk to Dr. Brooks when I was church secretary at New Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Great man of God!! Rest in Peace!!!
Sharon King
January 12, 2018
My condolences to the family, in the loss of one so dear. Praying for your family's strength. In this hour.
Prophetess Rose Mary Jackson
January 12, 2018
To Mother Brooks and family, please accept my sincere condolences in Heaven's gain of your loving husband. To meet him was to like him; however to know him was to love him. May the angels that came to retrieve him, bring comfort and peace to you as well as the tree of life family and all those who were privileged to know and love Dr. Cato Brooks, Jr.
In His love
Pastor W. Carver
Brown
January 12, 2018
Dr. Brooks was a Mentor in the ministry,a true example of what and Pastor after God's own heart looked like, and a wonderful human being that made a positive difference in all who met and spoke with him. He was and will remain one of the brightest shining lights in Gary, Indiana, and he will both surely and sorely be missed. Condolences to his family, and congregation.

In HIM,

Pastor Charles A. Floyd, II
Senior Pastor
New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church
427 West 23rd Ave.
Gary, Indiana 46407
January 12, 2018
Mrs. Brooks, May Our God Give You Comfort and Strength During This Time Of Sorrow. Mr. Cato Brooks Jr is In The Hands Of The Lord Now. Weeping May EnDure For A Night, But Joy Comes In The Morning. God bless each and everyone of you all.
Mary Brown
January 11, 2018
Sending my love and condolence to Betty Brooks and family. I will always remember this mighty man of GOD. Pastor Cato Brooks. You taught me who JESUS really is, thank you. Wear your crown and rest.
Tammy Threatt
January 11, 2018
The master pastor and foundation of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church. Oh, how we danced, shouted, and praised God in the Tree. Growing up in the Tree was a blessing. I appreciate your service you served also, your preaching and teaching the word of God.
In Loving Memory and you'll be truly missed.

Jakesha Downer and Family
January 11, 2018
The master pastor and foundation of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church. Oh, how we danced, shouted, and praised God in the Tree. Growing up in the Tree was a blessing. I appreciate your service you served also, you preaching and teaching the word of God.
In Loving Memory and you'll be truly missed.

Jakesha Downer and Family
January 11, 2018
The master pastor and foundation of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church. Oh, how we danced, shouted, and praised God in the Tree! Growing up in the Tree was a blessing. I appreciate your service, preaching ,and teaching the word of God.
In Loving Memory and you'll be truly missed!

Jakesha Downer and Family
January 11, 2018
The master pastor and foundation of the Tree of Life Missionary Baptist Church. Oh, how we danced, shouted, and praised God at the Tree. Growing up in the Tree was a blessing. I appreciate your service you gave us along with your preaching and teaching of the word of God.
In Loving Memory and you'll be truly missed.

Jakesha Downer and Family
January 11, 2018
Blessings to the family. I didn't know him personally just a Garyite. Blessings and prayer for the family.
January 11, 2018
Sincere Sympathy to the Family of Pastor Cato Brooks. The Florence Family
Cynthia Florence, Patton
January 11, 2018
If I could put into words what this Spiritual being, meant, it would top the trillions. Me and my husband hearts are heavy, yet knowing his heavenly Brother and Father needed him more. Rest in Heaven Dear Pastor and thank you for just being in your presence all those years. You taught us with every sermon you preached. We Love you and Mrs Brooks, are prayers are with her and your family.. What a great example you both gave all those who heard. Your service for civil rights for our community in this world has made life better for us all. GOD BLESS YOU SIR NOW REST!! We Love You, and thank you for everything you have done for us! TRULY YOU SHALL BE MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!
Sharon Walker
Acquaintance
January 11, 2018
Thank you Pastor Brooks for teaching the Gospel. Thank you for your vision for the Tree of Life. You will be greatly missed but your memories will last forever. I loved being a member and you knew every member by name.

Love Always,
Jessica Downer and Family
January 11, 2018
Thank You Pastor Brooks for being a Teacher of the Word. I always looked forward to hearing you when would come to Califyand speak at Mount Carmel. Our Deepest Thoughts and Prayers for The Brooks Family. From The ROBINSON Family.
January 11, 2018
What a POWERFUL MAN OF GOD ! I Love to hear him preach, all of his sermons was FULL OF WISDOM ! (Through Lord Jesus) Lord Father , I THANKYOU
For Dr. Cato Brooks Jr. Take Good care of your Shepherd in HEAVEN !
G.F.
January 10, 2018
We are praying that God will strengthen the family,church family and friends of Dr. Brooks. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
The Bridges Family
January 10, 2018
Our prayers are with the Brooks family. May God continue to bless and keep you all.
Blessings, prayers and Love.
Rhonda Pullen
Little Bethel Baptist Church and
Union District Family
Rhonda Pullen
January 10, 2018
Pastor Broooks has been considered a member of our family from the start-up of the Tree. I saw him and Mrs. Brooks build this place of holy righteousness, member by member. I didn't stay here at the Tree, but was always told I could come back. Pastor would always find that moment to kid me about coming back, or tell a family funny things to tell me about coming back. Our family loved him and appreciated him as a pastor, leader and a strong family man, who was always there to help our family when we had no where else to turn. I will always remember and love him for being that kind of pastor. Rest well, Pastor Brooks, God will take it from here.
Regina Hunter
January 10, 2018
LaTonya Price
January 10, 2018
So sorry to hear that Pastor Brooks passed away. RIP you taught me a lot
Connetta Brown
January 10, 2018
My prayers and Condolences to the Brooks Family in the passing of Pastor Cato Brooks Jr.may he R.I.P.
Ted Brown
January 10, 2018
Sending love and Prayers to the family of Pastor Brooks and The Tree Life Church Family
May God keep you all
The
Cargle Family
Nykkia Cargle
January 10, 2018
prayers and to tree of life church family and to brooks family have my support
petrice johnson
January 10, 2018
PRAYING FOR First Lady Betty Brooks,Tree of life Church Family in the death but heavens gain of your loved one. May you find comfort in knowing we share in your grief and will be praying for you in the days ahead.
Myrtle and Jack Mateen
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