Obituary | Louis Belton Brooks

BrooksGraveside services are planned for Mr. Louis Belton Brooks, 85, of Jefferson, Texas 2:00 P.M. Friday March 10, 2017 at Trinity Cemetery with Dr. Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment will follow service under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home.

Louis Belton Brooks departed from this world to be with his Lord on March 7, 2017. Louis was born to Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Brooks on June 7, 1931 in the small Jeffersonian community of Trinity or better known to many as “Sand Country”. Born into a large family brood of twelve, Louis was the fourth of seven sons. His loyalty and dedication to his family was spawned at an early age, which would later become his primary drive and motivation in life. Above all else, Louis concerned himself with the well-being of his family, friends and even the community at large.


Growing up in a small community during a very tumultuous time in history, Louis made the decision to halt his studies after completing the eighth grade in order to work with his father and lend a helping hand to his family. It was in 1948 that Louis left behind the family he loved dearly to perform a greater service for his fellow man by becoming a member of the U.S. Army. During his service, Louis not only proudly defended our country by fighting in the Korean War but also managed to obtain his GED simultaneously, an example of academic commitment that would one day be an inspiration to his children and grandchildren.

It was in 1955 that Louis was discharged from the U.S. Army and returned home to his family in Jefferson. Shortly after, the shape of his family would change when he met and married his future wife of 61 years, Carolyn Sue Gilbert. Louis and Carolyn welcomed their first-born child. Teresa Sue Brooks, into the world in 1959, and their son, Nolan Louis Brooks, made his arrival a mere 18 months later.

Over the following decades, Louis committed himself to providing a loving, stable home for his family by harnessing his entrepreneurial spirit and establishing what would come to be a well-known and highly successful lumberyard in his hometown of Jefferson. Brooks Wood & Timber Company would soon become a thriving economic force in the small Jefferson community. Louis became as well known around town as his business itself, and he was largely known for being a kind, caring and giving proprietor and businessman. In the years following, Louis continued his success in business and dedicated himself whole-heartedly to both his family and his Lord, Jesus Christ.

Louis was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in 2007, which he battled valiantly for years until he was finally called Home. Louis is survived by his wife, Carolyn Brooks, his children, Teresa (Alan) Ponder and Nolan Brooks, his grandchildren, Colt Johnson, Adam Brooks, Nicholas Johnson and Taylor Brooks and many other beloved relatives including his brothers, Johnny Paul & Harold Brooks, and his sister, Mae Cook. Louis was a compassionate, devout, and altruistic man, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

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