Jim Brooks, 1943-2016

Jim Brooks

Jim Brooks

The Rev. Jim F. Brooks, 73, who resided in Paris, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Paris.

He was born May 22, 1943, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the son of the Rev. A.R. and Velma (Clem) Brooks, who preceded him in death.

A United Methodist minister for more than 52 years, he served dozens of churches in all parts of the state. A gifted preacher, but an even better shepherd to his congregations, he leaves behind multitudes of former parishioners for whom he modeled Christ by his compassion and grace. His entire life was a sermon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Herman Brooks, J.R. Brooks, Eldon Brooks, and William Eugene Brooks; two sisters, Velma (Brooks) Smith and Nancy Brooks.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna (Mainer) Brooks, of Paris; three children, Jim F. (Meesa) Brooks Jr. of North Little Rock, Beth (Douglas) Cobb of Barling and Jeff Brooks of Fort Smith; a brother, Joe Brooks of Fort Smith; six grandchildren, Tashee Johnson, James Michael Brooks, Benjamin Cobb, Kaitlin Cobb, Emily Brooks and Nick Brooks; two great-grandchildren, Ryleigh and Calii; Sue Hutchison of Malvern, to whom he called his “adopted” daughter; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at Monday, June 20, at Brotherton Funeral Home Chapel in Paris, with the Rev. Randy Ludwig officiating. Burial followed at Caulksville Cemetery in Caulksville.

Pallbearers were Douglas Cobb, Benjamin Cobb, Nick Brooks, Steve Smith, Joe Hurdle and Steve Ford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4300 Rogers Ave., Suite #24, Fort Smith, AR 72903, and to Shoal Creek Camp, c/o Renee Henson, 1102 Northview Drive, Van Buren, AR 72956.