On June 24, 1932, in Saluda, SC., James Harold Brooks, Sr., made his debut into the world to the late Wilbur and Miley Brooks, James was the 7th child of nine siblings, and he attended the public schools in South Carolina. On January 22, 2022, the Lord sent his golden chariot for him.
James joined the Air Force in 1951 and was soon stationed at Clark's Air Force Base Where he met and married the love of his life, Teresita Raagas on February 13, 1954. They left Clark Air Force Base and traveled to the United States - first to Saluda, South Carolina, then relocated to Washington, DC., In 1963, they finally settled on Drylog Street in Capitol Hights, Maryland. In this union they were blessed with six children, James Jr., Crispina (Christine), Elizabeth, Doris, Joseph, and Terry during their 62 years of marriage before his wife transitioned to Heaven on August 18, 1916.
James had numerous employments before he was accepted as a Federal Protective Officer with the General Service Administration. He served 37 years before retiring from the government. He enjoyed his family, especially during the family gatherings on Sundays, holidays, birthdays, and just plain old family gatherings were there was laughter and enjoyment of his children and grandchildren, great - grandchildren and great - great grandchildren.
He enjoyed his time on the porch where he would meet neighbors, friends around the neighborhood or family members dropping by to say hello. He truly enjoyed having so many conversations and sometimes he would be on the pouch until 10 pm. He was very generous with his time, money (sometimes), and his house, the doors were always open for his family that had a key he would help anyone if he could, but you were going to get a lesson from him. Sometimes you could find him in the kitchen cooking his favorite meal, fried okra, corn and tomatoes with a huge bowl of rice.
When James moved to Virginia, he truly enjoyed going to his basement to shoot pool when Tim would come in from the gym and Doris from work all they could hear was balls hitting each other James loved the game so much that he would challenge anybody to a game and would hustle shooting behind his back, Tim and Pops would also pretend to box each other he would hit Tim with a couple of good hits left upper cut and Tim would always come up with the rope-a-dope it was hilarious.
Pops also enjoyed the many road trips to North Carolina where he met Tim's mother and they had many conversations and laughter he enjoyed rehearsals Tim's group Another Spiritual Level, going to church (Total Impact) where he met Pastor Kent, loved to hear the guys sing, getting into the spirit when Sister Grace would sing, he was loved by many in North Carolina.
Affectionately call Jimps, by his wife Terry, Pops by family in N.C. Dad by his children, grandpa by his grandchildren, Uncle Harold to family down South James leaves to cherish his memories alone the side of wife Teresita, 8 children, James (Linda Perkins) Brooks, Jr. Christine (Kirmon) McPayten, Liz (late husband Kevin) James-Green, Doris (Timothy) Coleman, Joseph (Barbara) Brooks, Terry (late husband Billie Jr) and Deon (kim) Waters, Marva Gene Brooks (California); 25 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren , 5 great- great- grandchildren, 2 two brothers James R and Willie Johnson both of Saluda,SC. and a sister Daisy Howell of New Jersey, a long time caretaker and family friend Lois Powell, a host of nieces,, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and friends.
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