Jim Brooks

December 29, 1943 ‒ January 09, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Jim Brooks, beloved brother, uncle and friend, knowing and believing that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose, finished his course and stepped into the presence of Jesus, January 9, 2018.

Jim was born to William and Jane (Huber) Brooks on December 29, 1943 in Middletown, Ohio.

Jim graduated from Middletown High School in 1962.  He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force for four years and graduated from Ohio University in 1971.  He worked for the Mount Vernon Developmental Center for 26 years and retired from there in 1998.  Jim was a member of Berean Faith Fellowship in Mount Vernon where he helped teach children’s Sunday school and sang in the choir.  He deeply loved music, especially good harmonies, and loved to play his clarinet to the delight of his church family.  His ability to play by ear was enjoyed by all as he made his clarinet sing.  Jim also was an avid bicyclist, logging many miles anytime the temperature was above 60 degrees.  He enjoyed the bike trail and its beauty, never taking Jesus’ gift (there in no “Mother Nature”) for granted.

Preceded in death by both parents, Jim is survived by his older sister, Peggy (Bill) Wivel of Grasonville, MD; brother, Fred (Susan) Brooks of Concord, NC; four nieces, two great nephews and five great nieces.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of a service celebrating the life of Jim at Noon on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Berean Faith Fellowship, 103 Madison St., Mount Vernon with Pastor Gordy Harmon officiating.  For those who will unable to attend the service on Friday, the family will have a memorial service at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berean Faith Sunday School Class, P.O. Box 784, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or the Kokosing Gap Trail, P.O. Box 129, Gambier, OH 43022

To share a memory or to send an expression of sympathy to the family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Jim Brooks.

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  • Jim, I will miss you. You were so much fun to be around. My most vivid memory is our trip to Michigan when you and Fred submerged the canoe and continued paddling. Too funny! I’m glad I have that memory.

    Be at peace.

    Love you,

    Sue

  • I am so happy your earthly struggles are over, my friend. It was a pleasure to have known you Jim.

  • i only knew you on earth for a short time brother, but im glad our friendship doesnt end here. will see you soon man. rest in peace.

  • I only knew Jim for a short time. I met him when he rode his bicycle up to our Walhonding Rube Band wagon at the Mount Vernon Christmas parade a few years ago and wanted to know how to join this great band! Jim played with the band whenever he could from then on. I remember his first play- only about a week after we met him. It was the Bladensburg Christmas parade and it was so cold and miserable that his horn froze up and he couldn’t play a note! He was mortified, but we all understood and invited him back in the spring. Jim showed up and enjoyed several plays before his health prohibited him from doing so. I wish I could have had more time with this amazing gentleman.

  • Fred, Susan and family,
    It is very hard to lose a love one. I am sorry to say it is part of growing older. Jim was always his own man and should have been that way. Our wish is to have known him better. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched. He was a great brother and fine person. He is now in a better place without any pain. Celebrate his life in this world and always remember the good times. He will never be forgotten. Sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you and the family. Jim was truly blessed!

  • JIM;
    MY FRIEND AND CONFIDANTE. MY MEMORIES OF WORKING WITH YOU,MY INCREASED LOVE AND KNOWLEDGE OF JAZZ THROUGH YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART . I KNOW THAT WHEN WE MET YOU WERE VERY SCEPTICAL AS TO MY ABILITY TO FIT IN AT DEERVIEW. BUT WE MANAGED TO BECOME A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE…THE MEMORIES OF “MASH” at five o’clock people lets get done will always bring a smile. YOU WITHOUT DOUBT LEFT YOU’RE MARK ON EVERYONE WHO YOU CAME IN CONTACT WITH. – always my friend.
    Debbie Davis