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Royal Alvester Brooks / January 09, 2018

Royal Alvester Brooks, 68, of Red Oak died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Sentra Halifax Regional Hospital.

Mr. Brooks was born in Charlotte County June 10, 1949 to the late Howard and Marie Carrington Brooks. He attended the public schools of Charlotte County; was a member of Salem Baptist Church, Red Oak and a member of Laconia Masonic Lodge 208. Mr. Brooks was previously employed by Jonbil Inc., Georgia Pacific and Burlington Industries. In April 1970 he married Edna Brooks, this union was blessed with two children.
In addition to his parents,

Left to cherish his memories are his children, Kenneth Brooks of South Boston, Chante Brooks of Randolph, Patricia Wood (Vernon) and Jeffrey Bullock all of Richmond, Torrie Long of Iowa and Kezeria Taylor of Red Oak; 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sisters, Jennie Clayton (Leamon) of Richmond and Annie Hardy (Alfred) of Chase City; brothers, Roderick Brooks (Euradina) of Red Oak and Michael Brooks of Jackson, Tenn., sister-in-law, Bobbie Brooks of Red Oak; devoted friend, Shirley Bullock, and a vast number of other loving relatives and caring friends.

Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by six brothers, one sister and three grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church, Red Oak with Rev. Roger L. Allen officiating. Burial with masonic rites will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are by Giles-Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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