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Sgt William Jerome Brooks
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1974
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 3, 2005
Baghdad, Iraq


Branch of Military: Army
Rank: Staff Sgt.
Unit: 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Unit's Base: Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Staff Sgt. William J. Brooks mailed a Mother's Day card early so it would reach his mother in Birmingham by Sunday. She received it, but it will be his last message home.
The 30-year-old soldier died Tuesday in a roadside bomb explosion in Iraq while conducting a security mission in Baghdad. The Defense Department announced his death Friday.
Linda Brooks said her only son wrote in the Mother's Day card that he wanted to "make it back home to see everyone."
It continued: "Tell everyone I love them especially my grandmothers and you always. Love you forever, your son."
Services are set for noon Friday at Antioch Baptist Church . Besides his mother, Brooks is survived by a wife, Roxanne, and daughters Ayana, 11, and Aaryan, 5.
His mother sat in her living room where a framed military portrait of her son hangs on the wall behind her. "It really hasn't set in yet until I see my child one more time," Linda Brooks told The Birmingham News for a story Sunday.
Brooks a 1992 Jackson Olin High School graduate, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Division Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart Ga.
Brooks joined the Army eight years ago and had been to Bosnia and Korea before going to Iraq.
"He joined the military to take care of his daughter," Linda Brooks said. "I think he was doing an honorable thing."
Brooks last spoke to her son April 28 when he asked for an update on the rest of the family. Linda Brooks said her son knew of the danger surrounding him but maintained a positive forecast for his future.
"He said, `I read my Bible and I stay prayed up and if something happens to me it's just my time to go,'" she recalled. "I guess God had another mission for him."
Family friend Warren Holsey had known William Brooks since the family lived in the Pratt City neighborhood across the street from his mother's house. Holsey was a few years older than Brooks and played with his uncle.
"I remember him vividly as a little kid playing around in the yard making everyone laugh," Holsey said. "When he left to join the service and he came back, he was very serious and he was a man."
Holsey said Brooks' death made the war in Iraq and the images on television real to him. Impact of war had finally arrived and traveled down his narrow Birmingham street.
As an adult he was Staff Sgt. William Brooks. But to his mother he was still Jerome, the name friends and family called him at home.
While he was a serious military man, Linda Brooks said her son retained his fun-loving side developed in childhood. He never gave up playing the drums, something he learned in high school, and liked to watch silly sitcoms like "Gilligan's Island."

BROOKS, SSG. WILLIAM JEROME, age 30, of Birmingham, passed away on May 3, 2005. He attended Scott Elementary, Daniel Payne Middle, and Jackson Olin High School. He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Rev. Bernard Williams, Pastor. He joined the Army in October of 1995 and received several accommodations while serving in the Army. Funeral Services will be held at Antioch Baptist Church on May 13, 2005 at 12:00 p.m. with burial in G.W. Carver. His memories will be cherished by his wife, Roxanne D. Brooks; mother, Linda Brooks; daughters, Ayana T. Freeman and Aaryan L. Brooks; grandmothers, Annie M. Brooks and Willie A. Brooks; mother-in-law, Glenda Dominick; father-in-law, Floyd Dominick Jr.; brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, several aunts, uncles, cousins, God father, Larry L. Williams; soldiers of Ft. Stewart, GA and Baghdad Iraq, other relatives and many friends. Roberts Funeral Home directing.
Published in The Birmingham News on 5/12/2005.

Warriors Walk Memorial *
Liberty County
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Record added: Aug 27, 2006
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Sgt William Jerome Brooks
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Sgt William Jerome Brooks
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Sgt William Jerome Brooks
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Rest in peace.
- Gayle
 Added: Mar. 21, 2008
Rest in Peace, William
- Chris Asby
 Added: Jan. 15, 2008

- Rosa Cline
 Added: May. 21, 2007
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