Obituary of Leroy Thomas Brooks, Jr
Leroy Thomas Brooks, Jr. (aka Larry Brooks) 73, passed away in the comfort of his home on January 1, 2023, in Ruskin, FL.
He was born in Leesburg, GA in 1949 to the late Thomas and Adella (Arnold) Brooks.
He attended Lee County Training school and graduated in 1967 with his high school diploma. He continued his education at Albany State University. In 1968, he was drafted into the United States Army, where he served for 9 years. He was honorably discharged as a Vietnam Veteran in 1977. Leroy went on to graduate from Albany State University in June of 2000 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Middle Grades Education.
Leroy began his career at Turner Job Core in Albany, GA as a youth counselor. He continued his career, and retired in 2011, in Tampa, FL at DACCO Inc., as a drug abuse counselor.
Leroy was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend and fellow classmate, Edna Lane (White) Brooks (AKA Lou White), on December 26, 1969. Leroy and his loving wife raised 4 children; Markecha who had 4 children, Royal Brooks who had 4 children, Brandon Brooks who had 6 children, AND Roderick Brooks who had 1 child. Leroy was blessed to have a total of 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Leroy grew up with 13 sisters and brothers. He is preceded in death by 3 siblings. He has 10 siblings that remain to carry on the Brooks legacy.
Leroy enjoyed fishing, cooking, and playing games, especially chess. He had a keen sense of humor. He lived a joyful life and had a great love for his family and friends.
A Celebration of life will be held at Arise Assembly of God in Brandon at 11:00 am on Friday, January 13, 2023.
Leroy will be interred at Sarasota National Cemetery, 2:00 pm on January 18, 2023.
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