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Harold Brooks

November 26, 1925 — January 16, 2017

Harold Kay (Pookie) Brooks was born at home on November 26, 1925 to mother, Lela Faye Minze and father John Henry Brooks. He graduated from Sweeny High School in May of 1943 and was drafted into the US Navy in March 1944. He was sent to San Diego, California for basic training, followed up by 8 weeks in Signal School where he finished at the "top of his class." He was then assigned to the USS Banner which transported troops for the invasion of several Pacific Islands held by the Japanese forces during WW II.
After being discharged in 1946 he worked in the oil fields for several months, then attended and graduated from the University of Houston in 1950. Harold went to work for Phillips 66 Co in Sweeny Texas where he remained for 35 years until retirement in 1985. During those years at Phillips both Vivian and Harold worked hard as members of the Sweeny JC's to acquire funds to build the Sweeny Community Hospital which remains in operation today. Together, they owned and operated the Brooks Tax Service for 35 years where they aided local residents with their bookkeeping and income taxes. Harold was a Master Mason in the Old Ocean Masonic Lodge #1284. In addition, they invested in and operated Brooks Rentals where they owned, maintained, and rented single family homes and business units for over 46 years. He was among the crew which put up the first street signs, and tirelessly worked for improvements in Sweeny his entire life.
Harold is preceded in death by his mother, Lela,and father, John; his loving wife, Vivian Louise Brooks; sisters, Mary Catherine, Pearl, and Ettie Faye, brothers, Johnny, Chester, Cleo, and John (Sonney Man); and his grandson, Donald Gene Hock. He is survived by his daughter, Vivian Floy Smith & husband, Ronald of West Columbia; son, Richard W. Reid & wife, Jonellen of Sweeny; sister, Peggy Duke of Brazoria; in laws, Carolyn and Bill Jones of Shreveport, Louisiana, Wilma and John Mohon of Emmet, Arkansas, Wayne Mohon of Huntsville, Doy Lynn Brooks of Brazoria and Betty Brooks of Wharton; grandchildren, Vickie Blackstock & husband, Charlie, Ronnie Smith & wife, Megan, Virginia Hildenbrand, Lisa Smith, Douglas Reid & wife, Karissa, Joy Davis & husband, Daniel, & Michael Reid; 19 Great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren with another due in February, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Sweeny with Pastor Keith Broyles and Daniel Davis officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from noon until service time on Friday. Serving as pallbearers are Ronnie Smith, Charles Blackstock, Douglas Reid, Michael Reid, Travis Cothron, Dave Beatty, Daniel Davis. We ask the Sweeny Methodist Men to serve as Harold's honorary pallbearers for their loyal friendship to H. K. "Pookie" Brooks
The family requests in lieu of flowers to make donations to West Brazos Cares.

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Visitation
Friday, January 20, 2017
12:00 PM 1/20/2017 12:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 1/20/2017 2:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Sweeny

207 E. First Street
Sweeny, TX 77480

First United Methodist Church of Sweeny
207 E. First Street Sweeny 77480 TX
United States
Service
Friday, January 20, 2017
2:00 PM 1/20/2017 2:00:00 PM
First United Methodist Church of Sweeny

207 E. First Street
Sweeny, TX 77480

First United Methodist Church of Sweeny
207 E. First Street Sweeny 77480 TX
United States
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