Sylvia Alice Hobe Brooks

February 19, 1936November 11, 2021

The last wrung of the ladder held by the angels was climbed by Sylvia Alice Hobe Brooks on November 11, 2021. Born to Albert Lawrence Hobe and Sylvia Dorothy Storer Hobe on February 19, 1936 in Wilkinsburg, PA, Sylvia considered herself a Floridian having moved with her parents to Saint Petersburg as a young teenager.

As a child, she worked in the family butcher shop selling groceries. She recounted stories of her beloved brother Albert Hobe who was eleven years older than she, and how she would torment him as a child by sitting on the bathroom counter watching him shave. That brother would marry Lulu (Peggy) Collins and give to Sylvia the sister she had never had.

On December 30, 1963, Sylvia married the love of her life, David Eugene Brooks. As a pastor’s wife, Sylvia served in so many differing capacities including Sunday School teacher, music leader, pianist, youth leader, but mostly as the faithful, loving companion of David. From their union, came three children who had the blessing of amazing, supportive Christian parents: Dorothy Lillian Brooks (wife to “son” Michael Ange), Lawrence Bowen Brooks (husband to “daughter” Triste Brooks), and David Leslie Brooks (husband to “daughter” Kalene Brooks).

One of the many lessons that these children learned from their parents, is that family is deeper than blood. Whether that family is your church family, your lifelong friends, or the clan of Jesse and Jestine Harper, love builds a family.

Sylvia was a highly educated woman having achieved her Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling from Peabody College. But, Sylvia was never proud or boastful instead recalling stories of shucking beans with friends, travels, or sitting around the campfire making music and smores. She spent most of her life in service to others whether cooking delicious meals for her family and friends, working as a school counselor, music teacher, or with the elderly. She continued her service even as her health began to fail as she faithfully wrote to people who were hurting, celebrating special times, or even just to say hello and offer a word of encouragement.

Sylvia had a full and blessed life with her family including three beloved and amazing grandchildren: Trevor Doyle Brooks, Dylan Patrick Brooks and Alana Rae Ange. She treasured her grandchildren, always so proud of their accomplishments, and the wonderful people that they were becoming.

Sylvia was a collector of angels which is very much reflective of her spirit. On her last shopping trip, she bought a small wooden plague from the Dollar Store which read: “Thankful, grateful, blessed”. It is in this spirit, that we bid Sylvia adieu on Friday, November 26, 2021 with a funeral service to be held at Union Hill Baptist Church in Brookneal, Virginia at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Rick Sewell officiating, with a family and friends gathering time to follow. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

If you care to make a donation in honor of Sylvia, we ask that you consider your church, the charity of your choice, or Haven Hospice at 6037 US 90, Lake City, FL 32055 which provided loving care for Sylvia in her last months.


  • David Eugene Brooks, Husband (deceased)
  • Albert Lawrence Hobe, Father (deceased)
  • Sylvia Dorothy Storer Hobe, Mother (deceased)
  • Dorothy Lillian Brooks (Michael Ange), Daughter
  • Lawrence Bowen Brooks (Triste Brooks), Son
  • David Leslie Brooks (Kalene Brooks), Son
  • Trevor Doyle Brooks, Grandson
  • Dylan Patrick Brooks, Grandson
  • Alana Rae Ange, Granddaughter

  • Alana Ange, Granddaughter
  • Dylan Brooks, Grandson
  • Trevor Brooks, Grandson
  • Jesse Cartwright, Great Nephew
  • Jonaaron Evans, Family
  • Jeff Hobe, Nephew


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, November 26, 2021


Sylvia Alice Hobe Brooks

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Esther Miles

November 24, 2021

Sylvia shared many letters after we both moved to Florida 2 years ago. Her handwriting, while somewhat hard to read, was always encouraging. While we both wanted to visit with each other, health concerns prevented it.
I will miss Sylvia who was always optimistic in spite of her failing health.

Brenda Hale

November 21, 2021

What a blessing to have known Sylvia for 50+ years. Lessons learned from her are too many to count only to be exceeded by the many wonderful memories.

My favorite memory is of watching a Jerry Lewis movie, The Disorderly Orderly, with the Brooks family. Sylvia laughed as long and hard as anyone I’ve ever heard!

It was a joy to receive the frequent hand written letters from Sylvia which were informative, supportive, encouraging and sometimes even challenging to read!

Sylvia will be missed by all who knew her but she will live forever in our hearts.

Margie Cartwright

November 19, 2021

I have so many memories from a long history with Sylvia and family. I babysit her children. My mother and Sylvia were the closest of friends so much like sisters. Sylvia had a wonderful laugh and she and my mother laughed together so much over Jerry Lewis movies and playing Sorry. They loved saying Sorry!! To each other. Spending all of our Thanksgivings together from Brookneal to Lynchburg to Moneta to Belhaven to Knoxville and finally calling my home the official meeting place. This has been a tradition since the 60s so that’s a lot of food. Sylvia baked the first pumpkin pie I ever ate and I still love the pie. She set me up to meet my future husband so just happen to be her nephew. She wrote recipes for me when we were first married. She organized my wedding. She had written to me every week and sometimes twice a week showing her love to my family. She raised three amazing children and how so loved those grandchildren her letters were full of information on what they were doing and how proud so was of them. I got to be in her family by marriage but blood or not she and her family are my family and at her request these Thanksgiving dinner will go on forever too much love not to share

Christi Hicks

November 18, 2021

Rest in God's perfect comfort now, Sylvia😇

To the family: I knew Sylvia a short time, when she and Dorothy's family lived in the Ogden, Utah area, and they attended First United Methodist Church. What a sweet person she was; with a servant's spirit. She constantly sent me notes, cards and letters; even after she moved to Florida with Dorothy and family. Wow! I miss her! And, to Dorothy, I say thanks for your loving service to our church and your mom. After all, someone had to drive her to church and the committee meetings. Hi Alana & Mike. ☺️

I think Sylvia would say to just lay it all at the feet of Jesus, which is what she did daily... Amen. ✝️

JoAnn Clemenson. aka Ring

November 18, 2021

I remember when they first came to our church I thought oh please let them have a girl my age. God answered that prayer. I remember being at you house many weekends and David called me his daughter and Sylvia would say we have two girls and two boys, what the perfect family. I've had a lot of good memories of their time at the church I grew up in. Dorothy do you remember the time your mom asked us to go by the church and get her Bible because she had left it in the pew? Then all the youth group was there making eerie noises and the organ made noise and we had told you about the former pastor that had preached there until he died so his spirit was in the church and you could see him when it was quiet. We scared you good. Your mom was in on that prank. She was a fun and funny woman and I am going to miss her. Hugs and love to you all.

Angela Dees

November 17, 2021

Prayers of peace and comfort to the family. I never met Sylvia in person but she faithfully wrote to me while I was incarcerated. The Lord always spoke through her kind and encouraging words. Truly a Proverbs 31 woman! She will forever hold a special place in my heart. Love Angela D.

Sandra Denton

November 17, 2021

I’ll never forget all the good times, James & I, shared with the Brooks Family. One Special Memory I have, is of Sylvia & David, coming to our house, to play Canadta;Seems like, I was Always Davids’ partnerDon’t know, if U know this, about Him…He Hated Losing-LOL! I seemed to always mess up, when, I shouldn’t have, & David, pretty disgusted with me, would fuss @ me! Seem so Funny, now, when, I think back! The Brooks Family, we’re Always So Good, to us…I will Never Forget, & am Forever Grateful, for Lawrence, Dorothy, & David Leslie! Sylvia sent me a card almost every 2 weeks, as, long as She Lived! She, was and Is Truly My Angel! I’ll really miss Her cards, coming in mail, as, She was the only one, since my Stroke, in 2007!!!!!🧚🏾💕💕💕💕💕 God Bless Her, David, & the Entire Brooks Family;hope to meet them, in Heaven, One Day!!!!!😇😇😇😇😇😢