John Henry Brooks, 80, of Blackshear, passed away Sunday morning, April 28, 2019, at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross.

Born in Blackshear February 4, 1939, he had lived in several other areas before moving back to Blackshear in the late 1970s. He was an Air Force Veteran having served his country honorably for over 20 years before retiring as a Master Sergeant from Dobbins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. He received several awards and achievements during his service such as being recognized as a graduate of the Strategic Air Command Non-Commissioned Officer Academy and the Non-Commissioned Officer Preparatory School.  He was awarded a Bronze State with Oak Leaf Cluster for Meritorious Service.  After his military service, he continued to serve others by teaching HVAC classes at both Waycross-Ware Technical School and Ware State Prison. He was a faithful member of the Hacklebarney Baptist Church.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many who will be missed by all who knew him.   

He was the son of the late Horace Henry and Estelle Wilson Brooks. He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Majorie McDonald Brooks; three sisters, Gladys, Janette and Nina Joyce and eight brothers, Hugh, Roy, Bobby, Carl, Bill, Curtis, Rossie and Eugene.

Survivors include his daughter, Lisa McMurphy (Thomas Starling), Waycross; a son, Keith Brooks, Blackshear; sisters, Sylvia (Benard) Fontaine, Blairsville and Mary Lou Sapp, Blackshear; brothers, Charles Brooks, Blackshear and Jackie (Joann) Brooks, Blackshear; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Brooks, Blackshear; a grandchild, Korey Brianna Falvo and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, from the chapel of Pearson-Dial Funeral Home

Memorialization will be by cremation.

Memorials may be made to the Satilla Hospice House, 811 Beacon St. Waycross, GA 31501; the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or any Veteran Organization of your choice.  

Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online register at

Pearson-Dial Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.

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