Brooks Jr., James Joe

GORDON, Ga. - James Joe Brooks, Jr., 92, of Gordon, GA died July 15, 2008 at University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday at the First Baptist Church of Gordon. Burial will follow at Ramah Cemetery. Mr. Brooks was born March 25, 1916, the son of Lessie Jones Brooks and James Joe Brooks, Sr. Mr. Brooks was a railroad engineer for the Central of GA Railway and later the Southern Railway for 44 years. Among his many routes, he engineered the passenger train, the Nancy Hanks, from Savannah to Macon for several years. In WWII he served in the 725th Railway Battalion in India as an engineer on supply trains until the end of the war. He achieved the rank of sergeant during his service. He was an avid hunter, farmer, and enjoyed fishing. He was well known for his sugar cane syrup that he made every Thanksgiving weekend until three years ago and for his homemade bread which he shared with everyone. Known as a man of character, generosity, hard-work, and the utmost integrity, his example for others will live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Pattie Teen DuPree Brooks along with his brother, Jones Brooks, his sisters, Peggy Brooks, Ollie Brooks, Marsha Brooks, Mildred Cosey, Blanche Williams, and Lessie Daniels, a grandson, Jonathan Hesed Okamoto, and a niece, Carolyn Cosey. He is survived by his five children: Pattie Brooks Prichard of Ellenwood, GA, Jim and wife, Sheila of Atlanta, GA, Betty and husband, Mike Miller of Glasgow, KY, Ollie and husband, Wayne Okamoto of suburban Chicago, IL, and Cynthia and husband, Craig Baptiste of Martinez, GA; thirteen grandchildren: Stephen, Luke and wife Stephanie, and Laurel Prichard; Joe and Abby Brooks; Amber and husband, Luke Harlow, Seth, Ian, and Zachary Miller; Hannah, Christin, and Justin Okamoto; and Taylor Baptiste; sister Katherine Drake, brother Freeman Brooks, sister-in- law Sarah Brooks, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 until 9:00 pm at Couey Reese Stanley Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at

Published in The Augusta Chronicle on 7/17/2008