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Rev. John Hugh Brooks
Rev. John Hugh Brooks

Rev. John Hugh Brooks, of Southport, died Oct. 31, 2015, at SECU Hospice House of Brunswick. He was 88.

Rev. Brooks was born Aug. 6, 1927, in Indiana, the son of the late Paul and Frieda Brooks. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in WWII. After serving 13 years in the Navy he opened and operated his own barber shop in Norfolk, Virginia and Fairfax, Virginia. Rev. Brooks served over 50 years in the ministry. He pastored churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and North Carolina.

Rev. Brooks pastored Shell Point Baptist Church until four years ago, retiring at the age of 84. He loved fishing and sitting on the waterfront watching the people and boats go by. Rev. Brooks enjoyed cooking and everyone loved his special recipe barbecue. For the past 11 years, John enjoyed the love and special times with his close friend, Erma Lou Tatum.

He was preceded in death by a son, Hugh J. Brooks; brothers, Bernie Brooks and William Dale Brooks; sisters, Maxine Brinson and Juanita Pribble; and a granddaughter, Bambi J. Brooks.

Survivors include his sons, John Roger Brooks and wife Carol, of Woodstock, Virginia and Billy Dale Brooks, of Southport; daughters, Suanne Brooks, of Leland, Deborah Jones and husband Steve, of Inverness, Florida and Anita Barreotis and husband John, of Valdosta, Georgia; a sister, Sharon Taul, of Versailles, Indiana; grandchildren, Jason Brooks, Jeremy Brooks, Tracey Marker, JoAnna DesFonds, Michael Hugh Brooks, Christopher Hugh Brooks, Bradford Hugh Brooks, Daniel Hugh Brooks, James Robertson, Stacey Robertson and Amber Barreotis; and great-grandchildren, Lauren Coleman, Justin Morrison, Mason DesFonds, Caleb DesFonds, Callie Brooks and Sophie Brooks.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at Shell Point Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Milligan, the Rev. Foyd Bennett and the Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to the SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.

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