Henrietta Bussell Brooks

February 8, 1931December 23, 2018

Henrietta Bussell Brooks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on February 8, 1931. She died on December 23, 2018 at the age of 87. She was raised by her Aunt Zella Burdine. She graduated from Austin High School and attended Knoxville College. She married Joseph Brooks on November 12, 1988. Joe and Henrietta had dated some in high school, gone their separate ways, and then met up again and were happily married. Henrietta was preceded in death by her Aunt Zella Burdine, and her brother, Charles Bussell. She is survived by her devoted husband, Joseph Brooks, her son Fred Alvin Burdine, her brother, Samuel Burdine, her brother, Kenneth Bussell (wife Pat), her brother, Larry Bussell (wife Gerri), and her brother James Bussell (wife Karen), her sister, Sandra Curry (who was faithful to Henrietta to the end, visiting her every week in the nursing home), her sister Zella Dorman, her sister, Lillian Prescott (husband Joseph), her sisters-in-law Barbara Brooks, Lillian Brooks, Josephine Bussell, Betty Bussell, and many nieces and nephews.

Henrietta was a faithful member of the Living Church of God for over 20 years. Her favorite Bible scripture was John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." She had a good sense of fashion always making sure that her purses and shoes matched to complete each of her lovely outfits. She was spunky and had a wonderful sense of humor. She worked for several years as a substitute teacher and made one laugh as she told stories about her interactions with the students. Henrietta loved taking pictures and making photo albums and was known as "the picture lady". She loved to play the piano, organ, and write poetry. She was a loving, generous person who made life more enjoyable for those around her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The funeral for Henrietta will be on Friday, December 28, at 1:00 pm at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. The funeral service will be preceded by a viewing beginning at 12 pm. Rather than meeting at the Brooks home, all persons who choose to pay last tribute are asked to meet at Berry Highland memorial one hour prior to the ceremony.


  • Gathering of Friends Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 28, 2018
  • Interment Service Friday, December 28, 2018

Henrietta Bussell Brooks

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