Arthur Brooks was born in 1930, the second of four children born to Walter Lee Brooks and wife Carrie Leala Conner Brooks. His siblings are: Charles Edwin, Louise Brooks Snyder & Samuel Lee. The family went through some tough times when their father , Walter was struck by a train and killed December 24, 1934. Eventually the siblings moved to the home of their grandparents Henry Lee & Mary Ellen Hoyle Conner. They remained with their grandparents until the Conner's death. After this the siblings were taken in by aunts and uncles among the Conner family.
Dad went to work at the age of 13 at the R.N. Barber Orchard. He worked hard to support himself and make his own way. In 1948, he met and married Edna Jane Willett the daughter of Raymond and Elsie Carley Plemmons Willett, Edna Had spent most of her growing up years living in Madison County, NC and her father had recently relocated the family to Haywood County, NC seeking work at the Dayton Rubber Company. Dad told us many times that she was the prettiest girl he had ever seen. She was seventeen when they married.
Over the coming years, their union resulted in the births of Walter Wayne Brooks, Raymond Lee Brooks, Wanda Jane Brooks Hooper, Judy Arthurine Brooks Rogers, Teresa Ann Brooks McClure & Katrinka Jan Brooks Webb. At the time of their deaths the couple had 15 grand children and 30 great-grandchildren.
Over the years, Dad worked at many vocations to provide for his family. During the years he worked as pressman at Dayton Rubber Company, he grew apples & tomatoes for sale, cut & bailed hay and plowed gardens in his off hours. Due to a reaction to the rubber process, Dad left employment at Dayton Rubber and began logging for a living. As time went by, Dad's means of earning a living diversified, each time leading to a shift in trade. Logging became trucking, trucking became bulldozing, rock masonry and in his last years operating a portable sawmill to supplement their social security. He was never a lazy man and always had a dream. For a man with a third grade education he was hard to beat when it came to math. He could add sums faster in his head than most could on a calculator. It was a game he sometimes played with us as children.
Dad was also strong in his religious beliefs and was a member of Lake Junaluska Baptist Church, Haywood County, NC.
He is truly missed by his family.
Edna Jane Willett Brooks
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