Celebration Service for Mr. Oscar Brooks, 94 of Moulton, AL. will be 1:00PM, Tuesday at Smith Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Edward Martin officiating. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to funeral with Reynolds Funeral Home directing. Inhumation will be 11:00AM, Thursday at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, AL.
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 we lay to rest, Rev. Oscar Brooks 93 of Moulton, AL. He was the last of three sons born to Charles D. Brooks Sr. and Mabel Lazelle Brooks born in Nashville, TN.
The Rev. Brooks grew up in an upstanding Christian home and was a self-proclaimed bookworm which earned him the nickname “The Professor”. He graduated from Moulton Rosenwald School. He served in the US Army during Vietnam. He spent the majority of his life studying, teaching and preaching the word of God to countless numbers of people. At age 19, he went to New York where he worked and studied for several years. He held positions with the U.S. Maritime Service, the Public Housing Authority and Assistant Professor of Theology. The Rev. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with minors in history and Spanish from New York University; Masters of Divinity Degree from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Il and was only a dissertation away from earning his Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey.
He was ordained to the United Methodist Ministry in June of 1971, and has served various churches as associate pastor and pastor in NYC and Center Grove United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Al. The Rev. Brooks retired from ministry in 1990.
He considered his life as “a journey of mysteries and wonders of life”. One of his favorite quotes comes from the poem “Four Quartets” written by T.S. Elliot
“We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end all our exploring is to get back to where we started and know the place for the first time.”
He was preceded in death by his oldest brother Charles D. Brooks Jr & Robert Brooks.
He leaves to cherish his memory several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.