OBITUARY

Allen Floyd Brooks

April 30, 1922February 1, 2014
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Allen Floyd Brooks was born in Tyler Texas, April 30, 1922, to Charles Joab and Minnie Lee Brooks, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Lloyd, Brothers Billy Jack, Harold and Wayne and Sister Marjorie. Floyd grew up in Tyler and in his early childhood he had a love for baseball and he and his brothers spent summers playing ball at the old Trojan Park. He later played soft ball at Fun Forest and baseball in the Tyler are. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1939. After graduation he went to work for the Cotton Belt Railroad in the Store Department alongside his dad. Floyd enlisted in the Us Marine Corp in 1942 and served in the Pacific theatre at Midway. After discharge from the Marines in 1945 he returned to Tyler and to his job at the railroad where he had a long and successful career. In 1963 he was transferred to Pine Bluff, Arkansas as Assistant Superintendent of Transportation and in 1965 his department was merged with Southern Pacific and he moved to Houston. He returned to Tyler in 1976 as General Agent and later served as Division Agent in Dallas overseeing the merger of the Cotton Belt-Southern Pacific- Rock Island freight offices. He retired in 1982 after forty two years with the railroad. Floyd often made the comment that he had never filled out a job application.Mr. Brooks was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe and the Beacon Sunday School class. He was a member of the William Foster Masonic Lodge No. 312 in Frankston, Texas. He served on the Official Board at Frankston Methodist Church, and was a Boy Scout counselor at Westbury United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Governors at April Sound Country Club. He was a member of the Men’s golf Association at April Sound where he enjoyed many rounds of gold with his buddies. He was a skilled carpenter and even built his own home. Floyd was very creative with his hobby of stained glass projects and his art work hangs in many homes in April Sound.A devoted family man, he and his wife, Wanda, spent much time with their two grandchildren after retirement. They also had many memorable train trips across America, Canada and Mexico. A highlight for him was to go on the first trip of the Lone Star Honor Flight to Washington, DC to view the World War II Memorial. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years and his son, Al and wife Patti, of Houston, granddaughter Dr. Hillary Barra and husband Kevin of College Station, grandson, Tyler Brooks of Houston, great granddaughter, Peyton, and great grandsons, Micah and Jesse Barra. He also leaves sister-in-law Barbara McDougal, Joyce Pettit and husband Bob, all of Tyler, brother-in-law, Travis Martin and wife, Becky of Spring and many loving nieces and nephews.Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Metcalf Funeral Directors. The Memorial Service will be Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church of Conroe. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Conroe, Boy Scouts of America, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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Michelle Lanoux

June 19, 2014

Mrs. Brooks, Al and Patti,
I just received this notice that Mr. Brooks passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a kind, loving man and great fun to be around. I too lost my Dad recently Feb 2013 so I know how hard it is. These men were true hard working role models that have made America what it is today. Take care of yourself. Love, Michelle Rodriguez Lanoux

Laurie Rogers

June 18, 2014

Wanda; I just learned of Floyd's passing through the internet. The last of a legacy of railroaders. The last of the original Brooks boy's. The obituary didn't specify is he was buried in Tyler please let me know. I still go visit dad and mother. my number is (254)424-4584.

Laurie Brooks-Rogers

February 13, 2014

Dear Mrs. Brooks,
I have just learned of Mr. Brooks' passing and am so very sorry that I did not know sooner as I would have certainly honored him by attending his funeral.
I had so much fun helping him try and get better in cardiac rehab but even more so in being invited into your home when he began teaching me to do stained glass. I still have the first piece he worked on with me and have tried several other pieces. He was a great man and I am honored to have had the priviledge to have known him and gotten to work with him. May God warm his arms around you in comfort and guideance.
Gina Pettigrew

Kathy Pustejovsky

February 4, 2014

Wow, the obituary was an incredible and lovely tribute to an amazing man. Although I didn't know Mr. Brooks, I know that many of his wonderful qualities will live on in his son, Al. I have always believed that the best way to honor someone you have lost is to take one of their characteristics that you admired and make it your own. With Mr. Brooks, it's obvious that there are many from which to choose. My love and sympathy goes out to the entire Brooks family.

February 3, 2014

Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time. Wanda & Al, we are very sorry to see Floyd leave this earth.

Love Virgie, Emily, Corri & Rick

Sue Clark Mills

February 3, 2014

Deepest sympathy to your family. I know that Floyd and Daddy are getting up a baseball game in heaven. I remember Floyd was Daddy's very best friend all those many years ago.

Art Henson

February 3, 2014

So sorry to hear of Floyd's passing. Spent many hours with him wrestling with problems on the Railroad. Barbara and I send our condolences and prayers to Floyd's family.

February 3, 2014

Our deepest sympathy Wanda and also to your family. We met your realtor while we were in Boston and she told us you had moved. I'm so sorry I didn't contact you sooner. We enjoyed you both as our neighbors at Lake Palestine. We had such a wonderful time together. Love to you, Mac & Brenda

Dave & Debbie Johnson

February 3, 2014

We are sending love and prayers to all of you and hope you know we are there in our hearts. much love, Dave & Debbie

Michelle Lanoux

February 3, 2014

So sorry to hear about Mr. Brooks. I will always think of him as such a kind man with a great big heart and warm smile.
I know he will be at peace now and with God.