Ernest Edward Brooks, Sr. was born November 18, 1932 in Madison County, Alabama, to Ernest
Odell and Nancy Lou Smith Brooks. He passed away peacefully at his home in Fayetteville,
Tennessee on November 16, 2022; two days shy of his 90 th birthday, surrounded by his loving
daughters. He moved to Memphis, Tennessee and lived with his beloved aunt and uncle, Mary
and C.W. Brooks. At this time, Ed went to work for Kimberly-Clark. In October 1948, he joined
the United States Army and was deployed overseas. He served in the Philippines, Japan, and,
after the beginning of the Korean War, in Korea until his honorable discharge in June 1952.
When he came home to Memphis, he returned to work for Kimberly-Clark. It was there that he
met and married his wife, Betty. Ed and Betty were married February 14, 1953 and lived their
lives serving the LORD, each other, and their family. Because of their love for Jesus Christ, they
were wonderful examples of help-mates to each other all the days of their marriage. They
taught their children this through word, action, and deed. They raised their family in Memphis
and moved to their American Tree Farm, in Batesville, Mississippi after he retired. At Ed’s
retirement, he had worked for Kimberly-Clark over 40 years! Ed, also, owned an Aluminum
Siding business in Memphis. He and his son, Eddie, could be found most sunny afternoons
working side by side. Their farm was a place they and their children dearly loved! They moved
to Fayetteville, Tennessee in 2007.
Ed’s love for the LORD was quiet yet fierce! His family and friends knew he loved them and that
he thought of them often even when his “words” may not have been audible. He, too, was
loved by many. He was always available with a cup of coffee and listening ears. Often times
you would receive wise counsel and guidance, and not even be aware. He shared his wisdom
and love with all that would be open to receive it. He served as a deacon, teacher, and RA
advisor at Berclair Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He served as a deacon and was a
Senior Choir Member at First Baptist Church in Batesville, Mississippi. While in Batesville, he
took piano lessons from the church pianist. He was a very good student.
Ed was a Lifetime Member of the Berclair Masonic Lodge. During his 55 years of membership,
he filled many different roles. One, that he cherished, was to have served as a Past Master
(PM). Ed was, also, a member of the Al Chymia Shriners, of Memphis, Tennessee – Shelby Oaks.
Both of these Fraternal organizations, Ed enjoyed attending with his son, Eddie. The friendships
made there lasted his lifetime. Mr. Brooks’ Lodge brothers were often called upon to help his
daughters. He was always grateful for their kindness and Christian love those men showed to
Mr. Brooks was a jack-of-all trades. There truly was nothing he could not do. He loved wood-
working, building things, even to the point that he oversaw and built his dream home in
Batesville, Mississippi, with the help of his wife Betty. He enjoyed making and painting
ceramics, he had a picture framing business, “Ed’s Framing Shop”, and he loved to play cards
and dominoes with his family. One, of his greatest joys, was to be outside working in his yard
and garden! If there was not at least 1500 ears of corn to be put up, it was not a good yield!
Thankfully on those days, the LORD was always faithful to provide extra sun, heat, and strength
to all who “worked corn”.
He is survived by his lovingly devoted two daughters Denise Brooks Kidd (William) and Connie
Brooks Pitpitan (Siegfred) both of Fayetteville, Tennessee; grandchildren Russell (Angela)
Brooks, Adam Brooks, Dr. Charles (Meghan) Kidd, Rebekah Kidd Thomas (Jeremiah), and
Dr. Calvin (Haley) Kidd, and thirteen great-grandchildren. Additionally, Mr. Brooks is survived
by sister, Edna Merle Clemons of South Jordan, Utah; Charlotte Johnson Gray (Robert) of
Batesville, Mississippi; several special nieces, nephews, cousins; and his beloved neighbors Rae
and Jenny Gordon and their three children. Throughout his life, Ed was quick to make friends
and cherished each relationship. He was known to many as “Mr. Ed or Daddy Brooks” to those
who found his home their home. He loved each one as his own. He could often be heard to
say, “The door is always open, and the welcome mat is always out”!
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Betty Jane Henry Brooks; father Ernest Odell
Brooks; mother Nancy Lou Smith Brooks; mother-in-law, Elsie Williams Johnson; son, Ernest
Edward (Eddie) Brooks Jr.; brothers, Hyrum Brooks and Joseph Brooks; and great-
granddaughter Lily Elizabeth Thomas.
A graveside service will be held at Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville, Mississippi on Saturday,
November 19, 2022 at 2PM. Reverend Jeremiah Thomas will be officiating.
The family of Ed Brooks wishes to thank all who have prayed and supported them during his
most recent illness. Special thanks to Dr. Sarah Thelen and her staff at Thelen Family Practice
and Liz Riddle, our loving nurse practitioner with Compassus Palliative Care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Fayetteville Associate
Reformed Presbyterian Church or Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Ed was a gem. He was one of the most gentle minded men I have ever met. He was always so nice to me and I am so thankful I can call him a friend. Prayers to all of this family at this time, but delight in the fact that he is rejoined with Mrs. Betty and celebrating their reunion in heaven today. What a life well lived you good and faithful servant! Love to you Mr. Ed. ❤️
Lenace Hyde Lehnert