Nina Chalker Rooks

November 21, 1928January 7, 2021

Mrs. Nina Chalker Rooks, 92, of Augusta, Ga passed away peacefully at her home Thursday January 7, 2021. Affectionately known as “Nana” to family & friends, she was the daughter of the late Mr. G. T. Chalker, Sr. and Mrs. Pearl Lassiter Chalker of Warrenton, Ga. Nina was born in Glascock County, Ga. on Nov 21, 1928 and attended the old Bastonville School in Bastonville, Ga. As a devout Christian and true believer, she remained an active member in her church, Believer’s Gospel Chapel, where she was an inspiration by example to all who knew her. After working a variety of jobs during her life she retired as a Sales Associate from Sears.

Nina was loved and cherished beyond words by her family and friends. Her unwavering faith in God was evident in her daily life. She believed the word of God and she lived it every day through her actions and activities. Her love and sacrifice for family, especially her children, was second only to her love of the Lord. Nina could do it all, she excelled at everything she attempted with grace and confidence. She was matter-of-fact, straight forward and without fear of failure. Her main interests in later years included reading her Bible, baking wonderful desserts, crocheting, sewing, working puzzles but mostly enjoying fellowship with family and friends. She loved sharing her knowledge and served as a mentor to so many throughout her life. Nina leaves a big void that cannot be filled, she was the glue that held the family together and she also leaves a legacy of countless treasured memories of unconditional love and good times.

She is survived by her three devoted sons, Barry (Monica) Rooks, Tim (Emily) Rooks, Steve (Pat) Rooks; her sister, Opal Henrich of St Louis, Mo., one brother, G. T. (Mattie) Chalker of Warrenton, Ga; her six grandchildren, Jason (Anne) Rooks, Marsha (Dave) Flauss, Tesha (Ricky) Link, Philip (Nicole) Rooks, Heather Rooks, and Kristine Rooks; her step-grandchildren Stephanie (Gary) Casella, Shannon (Richard) Bernard, 17 great-grandchildren, and various other family members she loved dearly. In addition to her parents, Nina is preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Ethredge Lamar “Coot” Rooks, Sr; her beloved son, Ethredge L. “Rookie” Rooks, Jr.; and her sisters, Grace Greene, Hazel Hale, and Orie Luppold. A very heartfelt thank you to Janice Casaday and Liz Nash for all the love and support provided in her final years.

A private graveside service, with family, will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery located at 2700 Deans Bridge Rd., Augusta, Ga. on Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Mike Via officiating. Due to COVID restrictions and CDC requirements, masks and social distancing is requested. In lieu of flowers and/or food, the family requests donations be made to Believer’s Gospel Chapel, P.O. Box 5688, Augusta, GA 30916-5866.


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Brenda Toliver

January 13, 2021

Ms. Nina was a great lady whom I admired and loved very much. I had been going to Believers Gospel Chapel for 15-20 years when one day she asked me to start helping with the bread and juice for the Breaking of the Bread as she felt the older crowd needed a break. Once I began doing this and eventually helping in the kitchen as well, I finally felt to be a part of the Believers family. She knew I had had shoulder surgery and was having a hard time, and she was always there to help me whenever the need arose. I will miss her dearly and wish I could have been there to say a final goodbye, but I know she is now home in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Linda & Jimmie Adams

January 12, 2021

We met Nina when we first moved to Augusta in 1967 and started going to Bethany Chapel. Later we were in fellowship at Believers Gospel Chapel and Jimmie had met Coot on his job.
We rented a condo together and went to Williamsburg for four days. We had a great time together. We also had times of fellowship with the Elite Group eating Oyster Stew. She was truly a woman described in Proverbs 31. Heaven is singing rejoice-fully.

D Byron Henrich

January 12, 2021

Aunt Nina (and Uncle Coot) were very special. My mom is Nina's sister, Opal, living in St Louis since the 1950s. Every year I can remember until the early 1970s, our family took the trip to GA to see our kinfolk. Perhaps because Aunt Nina and Uncle Coot had 4 boys and our parents had 3 boys we were closest to Aunt Nina of all our aunts and uncles "down yonder". We had such fun those 2-week annual trips to GA, staying some nights at the Rooks home and having marvelous meals and fellowship there. When I was married in 1976, my wife joined in the occasional later trips to GA and she remembers dear Aunt Nina too who treated my wife as if she had always been in the family. We're so glad we'll see her again some day in heaven thanks to the marvelous saving grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Marion Griffith

January 12, 2021

Mrs. Rooks was one of the first people to meet us when we moved to the Hillcreek neighborhood. She helped us to settle in with useful information. We enjoyed seeing her flowers as we left the neighborhood.

Cheryl Williams

January 11, 2021

Mrs. Rooks was certainly a solid rock to many. She was quick to lend a helping hand wherever needed. We all had a special love for both Mr. Rooks and Mrs. Rooks. She loved, loved, loved her family for sure! She was a precious lady and will be missed . Thankful to have known her in my life.

Ken and Pat Gross

January 11, 2021

We loved your Mom
We will miss your mom
We weep with you
We are praying for you.

Ken and Pat

James and Shirley Gray

January 10, 2021

When we first came to Fellowship at BGC we were immediately , welcomed by many and Nina and "Coot" were right there inviting us to lunch with the family. Thru the years, as we grew closer Nina was also a friend to me, sharing and understanding about our families and our challenges we faced, and praying for us, and just listening and offering no nonsense advice. When my daughter needed surgery in St. Louise she quickly set about arranging for us to stay with Opel and Roger, which was just a delight and blessing. Phone calls often became long and encouraging. I am so sorry for the loose this is to her family. She always talked about the unwavering care and care of her family, but was ready to be with the Lord. We miss her already.


January 10, 2021

Nina was always a smiling face and honest truth. She told it like it was. We often chatted about our children and husbands. Coot and Nina were a great comfort when my husband Warren died. They worried about me and cared for me. Also, Nina was always ready to supply a homemade cake from her freezer when we needed it or wanted it at the chapel. She will be greatly missed. Thankful for good memories. Heaven gets a little closer as we watch our loved ones go there. "PRECIOUS IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD IS THE DEATH OF HIS SAINTS. Ps 116:15

bren minney

January 9, 2021

She was like a Aunt to me, she was the one main person that understood my personal pain when I lost my mom and then later my dad, she knew all I went through with him. I will never forget her words of love and encouragement during those days. Now she is with Yahweh and we all will see each other again.

Kaye Williams

January 9, 2021

As a child when visiting my grandparents in Georgia, it was my Aunt Nina that was there for me... As an adult when I lost my own mother ‘Hazel’...It was my Aunt Nina that comforted me... Heaven has another Angel, and it’s my Aunt Nina ‘s face I want to see.