James E. Brooks, 82, of Organ Cave, WV, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, at Organ Cave.
James was born May 29, 1934, in Alderson, WV, son of Marshall Kessler and Garnette Hoylman Brooks.
James served this country for two years in the U.S. Army in Germany. He started his working career in August of 1960 with Virginia Electric and Power Co. in Petersburg, VA, then continued with VEPCO at Possom Point, South Hill, VA, and Chase City, VA, before coming back to West Virginia in 1972 to work with VEPCO here and retiring in 1996. James was an electrician at the State Fair of West Virginia for 30 years. He was a past president for the Ronceverte Lions Club in 1992. He was an avid bowler, bowling on Monday and Friday night leagues.
Preceding James in death, other than his parents, were his wife of 55 years, Marie Brooks in 2015; son-in-law, Bobby Brooks; sisters, Charlotte Boyce, Louise Stine, Anna Mae Jones, Linda Sullivan, Helen Napier, and Katherine Dawson; and brothers, Frank, Andrew, Willard, Jackie, Charles, Ray, and Billy.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Cynthia May and husband, Craig, and Velette Brooks, all of Organ Cave; grandsons, Cory May, Anthony May, and Jeremy Brooks; great-granddaughter, Emma May; sisters, Faye Brown and husband, Jink, of Ronceverte, WV, and Margie Furry of Fairlea, WV; brother, Kenney Brooks and wife, Joy, of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, May 19, 2017, at 1 PM at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg, WV, with Pastor James Kite officiating. Interment will follow at Greenbrier Memorial Gardens in Lewisburg.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, May 18, from 6-8 PM at the funeral home in Lewisburg.
Those serving as pallbearers are Andrew Brooks, Kevin Brown, Dave Lemons, Anthony May, Josh LaFon, Jimmy White, and Beezle Arnold with Emma May as honorary pallbearer.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.WallaceandWallaceFH .com.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary originally published in the May 17, 2017, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.