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Willie 'Hoot' E. Brooks

October 3, 1926 ~ December 17, 2016 (age 90)

Obit of Willie E. Brooks Willie E. “Hoot” Brooks 90, of Elyria, made his transition to Heaven on December 17th, 2016 in the Wesleyan Village of Elyria following a long illness. He was born in Shreveport, LA coming to Elyria in 1945 and was employed with the ABEX Corp. as a foreman retiring after 35 years of service. Mr. Brooks was a U.S. Army veteran stationed in Japan and Germany. He was a former member of Mt. Nebo P.B. Church and a member of the Zion Traveler Gospel Singers and also a coach for the Little League South Baseball team for 10 years. Mr. Brooks enjoyed fishing, bowling and working on cars. He will be sadly missed by daughters: Andrea (Calvin) Thornton-Slay of Las Vegas, NV, Brenda Lewis of Omaha, NE, Cheryl Thornton of Dallas, TX, sons: Quentin M. Brooks of Chula Vista, CA, Ronnie (Marilyn) Milner of Elyria, Rev. Arnett (Patricia) Thornton of Elyria, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, sisters: Ollilian Wiseman of Elyria, Ruth Laster of Kansas City, MO and a loving host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by 1st wife Louise Brooks, 2nd wife Letha Brooks, parents Joseph and Bertha Brooks, sisters: Mary Brooks, Ora Lee Thomas and Jerry Lee Peoples. Friends may call Thursday December 22nd, 2016 in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 127 W. Bridge St., Elyria, OH from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 noon. Rev. Arnett Thornton will give Words of Comfort. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes, INC, 127 W. Bridge St., Elyria, OH 44035. Please visit us online at

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