Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN


James Ross Brooks

August 7, 1931March 9, 2020

SMS (Ret.) James Ross Brooks (8/7/31-3/9/20) died surrounded by his family.

He is predeceased by his parents George Ross and Pauline Brooks (nee Drake), brother Gary, sisters Norma Luttrell & Mary Mitchell, brother-in-law Rev. John Swafford. Survived by sisters Wanda Swafford, Glenna Leamon (husband Rev. Eugene). Survived by wife of 65 years Regina Alice Brooks (nee Sebastian), son Kevin R. and wife Olive M. Brooks (nee Kelly), daughters Angie Brooks and Regina L. Godshall (husband Christopher), grandchildren Skyler Brooks, Toby Nicole Brooks, Forrest Godshall, Emma Godshall, and great-granddaughter Uli Brooks.

James was a 6th generation Tennessean. He was a member of the US Air Force and later the 134th Tennessee Air National Guard Refueling Group. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Knoxville. He loved reading his bible daily. In previous churches, he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. He and Alice started a library of religious books in Kivioli, Estonia through the Good News Partnership Mission.

There will be a graveside service with full military honors at the East TN Veterans Cemetery on Gov. John Sevier Hwy at 2:00 on Thursday 3/12/20. In lieu of flowers, he preferred a donation be made to First Baptist Church of Knoxville.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 12, 2020


James Ross Brooks

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Max Hazlewood

March 13, 2020

Sad to hear of JR's passing. He was a gentleman and great friend all our years at the 134th. He will be missed. Prayers for comfort for Alice and all his children and their families.

Richard Hicks

March 11, 2020

I served with J R in the 134 th for several years. He was a great christian friend. He will be missed. My prayers are with his family at this time.

Jeffrey Foster

March 10, 2020

I bowled with James on Monday’s and always loved seeing him there.