Richard Sr. Henry Brooks
1931 - 2012
Richard Henry Brooks Sr. passed away April 6, 2012 at his home in Candy Kitchen, N.M. He was 80. Mr. Brooks was born Nov. 26, 1931 in Newark, N.J. to Henry Brooks and Wilma Page Brooks.
Mr. Brooks served in the United States National Guard. He was a talented, passionate man and he had several careers throughout his adventurous life including being a former owner of a Nissan dealership and a service manager in Payson, Ariz. He was an instructor and director of an auto tech school.
He was active with youth activities serving as a Boy Scout leader, 4-H leader, Little League manager and coach. He was an organizer for a music program with the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.
He and his wife were founding members of what is known today as the Rim Country Classic Auto Club in Payson.
After retirement, he and his wife moved to Candy Kitchen in 2000 where he built their home. He was an invaluable member of the Candy Kitchen Mission, serving on its board of directors and as the church soundman. He taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school, but he will best be remembered for his humorous, loving, charismatic charm, his love of music, and his multi-talented abilities.
He was devoted to his family and his friends and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Brooks; his children, Richard Henry Brooks Jr., Patricia Brooks, David Brooks, Barbara Bellamak, William Brooks and Linda Morris. Also surviving are his brother, Donald Brooks; seven grandchildren, Sam, Angela, Lindsey, Stephanie, Duncan, Al and Virgil; four great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Wilma Brooks; his sister, Betty Ann Bell; and his stepdaughter, Christina Marie Piercy.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday April 14 at Candy Kitchen Mission with Pastor W.D. Soulsby officiating. Burial will follow at the Candy Kitchen Mission Cemetery.
Donations may made in Mr. Brooks’ name to Candy Kitchen Mission, HC 61 Box 2026, Ramah, NM 87321 or New Mexico Cancer Center, 4901 Lang Ave. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109.
Cope Memorial Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.