Jerry William Brooks

On September 23, 2022, Jerry William Brooks went peacefully home, at the age of 76 years and 23 days, at Ozarks Healthcare in West Plains, Missouri. He was born on September 1, 1946, to Clave William "Dick" and Georgia Waneda (Miller) Brooks, at the family home in Arroll, Missouri. 
Jerry married Darlene Hankey on March 31, 1967, at Reverend Bob Moger's home in Birch Tree, Missouri, with Paul and Beverly Nicholson as their attendants. Three children were born to complete their family, Steven Jerry, Hazel Darlene, and Twila Jean.
They began their married life together, living on the Jacks Fork River hill. After Steve and Hazel were born, they moved to Mountain View and lived in the little white house right outside the city limits on Highway W. Later they moved into town.
Jerry attended Arroll School until he graduated from the eighth grade. He attended some high school in Summersville. He helped on the family farm, by hauling hay and cutting cordwood. He liked to ride horses and would talk about spending time at the river.
When he met Darlene, he was working at Will McVicker's pallet mill. He later went to work at Rawlings in Willow Springs, lacing footballs for several years. He worked for the City of Mountain View for a short time until he was hired on as the third person at Mountain View Fabricating. While he was there, he met and made many friends.
He retired after 27 years and spent many days at his cabin in Arroll, mowing and keeping it all neat and tidy. He liked spending time at McDonald's and Ron's Restaurant, drinking coffee, visiting, and watching the cars and people.
From the time Jerry was very young, his favorite pastime was hunting. He especially liked to hunt deer and coyotes. He planned his vacation time around hunting season, talking about it all year long. He took exceptional care of his guns, trucks, cars, and yard. He and his grandson, Zachary would always try to see which one could kill the biggest buck.
Jerry is preceded in death by his daughter, Twila; his parents, Dick and Waneda; grandparents, George and Flora Brooks; father and mother-in-law, Paul and Hazel Hankey; brothers-in-law, John Dale, Bub, and Rodney Hankey, and Paul Nicholson; niece and nephew, Kristene and Kenny Dale Brooks; and his great-grandson, Landrick Shawn Dooley.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; his son, Steve (Stacy) of Golden, MS; daughter, Hazel of Mountain View, MO; brother, Ken (Bev) Brooks of Mountain View; sister, Beverly "Sis" Dale of Mountain View; six grandchildren, Jessie (Michael) Smith, Tiffie (Tony) Rogers, Jaylin Brooks, Justin Ard, Megan (Anthony) Stewart, and Zachary Brooks; ten great-grandchildren, Aleigha, Braylie, Makenzie, Elijah, Karsyn, Aiden, Grant, Jerry, Huntley, and Paul; sisters-in-law, Beverly Nicholson, Marilyn (John) Brown, Janella (Wilbur) Burks, and Audra Hankey; and many nieces and nephews.
He was always so very proud of his kids and all of his grandkids. He tried to go to every birthday party, school activity, watch them play sports, and loved to take them on four-wheeler rides. They will miss their PaPa very very much.
Jerry went to Arroll Church as a young boy and then attended church with his wife and kids during his early married life. We believe in our hearts that when he passed, God took his hand and walked him through the pearly gates. He is on the streets of gold now. Jerry will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at Yarber Mortuary, Mountain View, Missouri, with Kenny Smith and Pastor George Colbert officiating. Visitation will be held from 6-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, also at the funeral home. Interment is Greenlawn Cemetery, Mountain View. Condolences may be expressed at
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