Ronald’s Legacy March 19, 1954 – April 10, 2018
On April 10, 2018, Ronald L. Brooks was called home suddenly to be with God at age 64. We honor, respect and remember an extraordinary man who touched and enriched all our lives in so many different ways. Ron was born in Yazoo City, MS to Eunice Brooks and Otha Mitchell on March 19, 1954. He graduated from Yazoo City School System in 1971. He participated in numerous school and community activities which he excelled in everything he touched. He was an active member in the civil rights movement and sang in the Chapel Hill choir. Ron graduated in 1974 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. It was there he met his wife of 42 years and they were married in Springfield, MA.
Ron and Sally lived in Bloomington, IL for 38 years and he was employed at St. Paul Company, Kaleidoscope, and Mitsubishi Motors. His employment did not define him as a man. His greatest talents were his love for the English language. He had an eloquent gift of gab. With an ever more remarkable talent of writing. He was named a “Golden Poet” by World of Poetry. Ron dreamt his “voice will be heard along with the voices of his heroes”. He believed where words fail music speaks. Ron was a music fanatic and connoisseur. He sang in the choir in his home church Mt. Pisgah Baptist.
Ron had a passionate love for his family. He honored his timeless bride. Ron was a devoted father. He fostered 10 children prior to having two daughters of his own. His most cherished title was Dad. The word “liebchen” whose meaning was very dear; he spoke daily to the most important women in his life. Ron and Sally moved to Humble, TX and he adored his blessed role as a grandparent, “Gpa” to twin grandsons, which filled him with joy, love, youthfulness, optimism, and purpose. Christ remained his constant foundation. His zealous dedication was renewed in Grace Church of Humble.
Ronald L. Brooks was preceded in death by his father Otha Mitchell, his mother Eunice Brooks, his mother and father in laws Margaret and Stanley Swenson, and brother J. Frank. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Sally, two daughters Simone Brooks, Ambria (James) Petty, grandsons Ayden and Atlas, four brothers, Otha Earl Mitchell, C.D. Brooks, Major (Ruby) Brooks, Larry T. (LaTreva) Brooks and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and other loving relatives, friends, and 494 support group. Ron truly loved the gift of life. He opened his sentiment and heart to people, and had an endless entertaining sense of humor. He was loved and will be deeply missed.