Clifton E. Brooks, Sr.

Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune
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Clifton E. Brooks, Sr.

Keyser - Clifton E. Brooks, Sr., 99, of Keyser, WV, died on Friday, December 24, 2021 at his daughter's residence.

Born on March 12, 1922 in Cumberland, MD, he was a son of the late James L. and Nellie E. (Johnson) Brooks. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bessie Reva (Washington) Brooks on February 16, 2010; two brothers, James L. Brooks, Jr. and Raymond A. Brooks, Sr.; a sister, Lelia Mae Baskins and two granddaughters.

"Gene" as he was called by family and friends, graduated from Howard High School in Piedmont, WV and attended West Virginia State College (now University.) He was a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War, II and was member of the famed Tuskegee Airman, where he served as a cryptologist with the 332nd Fighter Group. He also held the distinction of being the last surviving Tuskegee Airman in WV.

Mr. Brooks retired with over 40 years of service with the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company in Cumberland, MD where he was named "Man of the Year" when he retired. Gene was a life member with over 75 years of service to the Washington-Smith Post 152, American Legion in Keyser, was a member of the Chaplain's Hall of Fame and served in numerous offices at the state department level. He was a member of Potomac Masonic Lodge # 41, Keyser and was a member of the Shrine Temple where he became a 33rd degree Mason, Lodge # 662, Loyal Order of Moose, Keyser and Queen's Point Memorial Post # 6775, VFW in McCoole, MD. He also was a member of Janes United Methodist Church in Keyser where he served as a lay leader and treasurer until his passing. He was one of the pioneer members of the Eastern WV Community Action. In 2007, he was recognized by then Governor Joe Manchin during an Armed Forces Day program for his dedication and courage while serving in World War II and he was presented with a bronze replica of the Congressional Medal in 2010. He also received Mineral County Day citations from the WV Senate and House of Delegates in 2019 and was honored by the Aubrey Stewart Project with the installation of a sign honoring him at the North entrance to Keyser at the foot of Memorial Bridge. In 2018, the South End Park in Keyser was renamed Brooks Park in honor of him by the City of Keyser.

Surviving are his children, Clifton E. Brooks, Jr. and wife Barbara of Martinsburg, WV, Raeford "Micky" Brooks and wife Alta, J. Ricardo Brooks and wife Vanessa, Timothy F. Brooks, Sr. and wife Renee', Jacquelyn F. Washington, Apryle A. Smith, Victoria Brooks and Brenda Brooks, all of Keyser; 24 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Brooks was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Beth Jacobson, Pastor Darnell Allen and Pastor Vickie Minnich officiating. The family will also receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Interment, with military honors will be in the Thorn Rose Cemetery, Keyser.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Brooks' obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Posted online on December 29, 2021

Published in Mineral Daily News Tribune

Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune
Obituaries in Keyser, WV | Mineral Daily News-Tribune

Clifton E. Brooks, Sr.

Smith Funeral Home

Clifton E. Brooks, Sr.

Keyser - Clifton E. Brooks, Sr., 99, of Keyser, WV, died on Friday, December 24, 2021 at his daughter's residence.

Born on March 12, 1922 in Cumberland, MD, he was a son of the late James L. and Nellie E. (Johnson) Brooks. He also was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bessie Reva (Washington) Brooks on February 16, 2010; two brothers, James L. Brooks, Jr. and Raymond A. Brooks, Sr.; a sister, Lelia Mae Baskins and two granddaughters.

"Gene" as he was called by family and friends, graduated from Howard High School in Piedmont, WV and attended West Virginia State College (now University.) He was a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War, II and was member of the famed Tuskegee Airman, where he served as a cryptologist with the 332nd Fighter Group. He also held the distinction of being the last surviving Tuskegee Airman in WV.

Mr. Brooks retired with over 40 years of service with the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company in Cumberland, MD where he was named "Man of the Year" when he retired. Gene was a life member with over 75 years of service to the Washington-Smith Post 152, American Legion in Keyser, was a member of the Chaplain's Hall of Fame and served in numerous offices at the state department level. He was a member of Potomac Masonic Lodge # 41, Keyser and was a member of the Shrine Temple where he became a 33rd degree Mason, Lodge # 662, Loyal Order of Moose, Keyser and Queen's Point Memorial Post # 6775, VFW in McCoole, MD. He also was a member of Janes United Methodist Church in Keyser where he served as a lay leader and treasurer until his passing. He was one of the pioneer members of the Eastern WV Community Action. In 2007, he was recognized by then Governor Joe Manchin during an Armed Forces Day program for his dedication and courage while serving in World War II and he was presented with a bronze replica of the Congressional Medal in 2010. He also received Mineral County Day citations from the WV Senate and House of Delegates in 2019 and was honored by the Aubrey Stewart Project with the installation of a sign honoring him at the North entrance to Keyser at the foot of Memorial Bridge. In 2018, the South End Park in Keyser was renamed Brooks Park in honor of him by the City of Keyser.

Surviving are his children, Clifton E. Brooks, Jr. and wife Barbara of Martinsburg, WV, Raeford "Micky" Brooks and wife Alta, J. Ricardo Brooks and wife Vanessa, Timothy F. Brooks, Sr. and wife Renee', Jacquelyn F. Washington, Apryle A. Smith, Victoria Brooks and Brenda Brooks, all of Keyser; 24 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Brooks was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Friday, December 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Beth Jacobson, Pastor Darnell Allen and Pastor Vickie Minnich officiating. The family will also receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Interment, with military honors will be in the Thorn Rose Cemetery, Keyser.

Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Brooks' obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.

Posted online on December 29, 2021

Published in Mineral Daily News Tribune