Obituary for Josephine Brooks
Mother Josephine Patton Sudler Brooks was born on August 25, 1929 in Dover, Delaware to the late Ernest Baretta Sudler, Sr. and Mable Alene Patton- Sudler.
Mother Josephine Brooks was called home to eternal rest on Tuesday, June 18,2013 in Dover, DE of natural causes.
She was educated in the public school system at Booker T. Washington and Delaware State High School.
She worked briefly at ILC, Dover, DE. She retired as a homemaker, and later retired as the First Lady of Weeping Mary Baptist Church after 25 years of service.
Mom Brooks would often reminisce of being a talented basketball player in school and she also loved to dance in her youth. Some of us can remember Mom Brooks as a jokester by making you laugh and also being tickled at her own jokes by letting out her cute little chuckle. And boy did she have a very quick response and was hard to get over on.
She will be remembered for her delicious lemon meringue pies, sweet ice
tea and all the family Thanksgiving dinners at Mom Brooks and Bishop Brooks' home and to some of us at Mom and Dad's house.
Mom Brooks truly loved the Lord and faithfully served him. While visiting Mom Brooks you often heard her calling on the name of Jesus and singing one of her favorite hymns. Mother Brooks received Christ as her personal Savior and united with the Solid Rock Baptist Church where the Pastor was Rev. John Wesley Brooks. She faithfully served on the Pastor's aide under the Pastoral care of Rev. John Wesley Brooks until 1972.
In 1972 Mother Brooks and her late husband, Bishop Brooks accepted the call to Pastor Weeping Mary Baptist Church, in Salisbury, Maryland. There she sang on the Scared Doves Choir, as well as being active in many other ministries. After faithfully serving as the First Lady at Weeping Mary Baptist Church for 25 years, they resigned and returned to their home church, Solid Rock Baptist Church.
Mother Josephine Brooks was a true woman of God. She enjoyed singing so many of her favorite hymns, including “Amen”, “This is the Day That The Lord Has Made”, and “Thank You Lord”, just to name a few.
She was a great wife, a great mother to so many, and a spiritual advisor to almost all that came in contact with her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bishop Henson F. Brooks, a daughter Valerie Comer and two sisters Margret White, and Irene Turner.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories; four sons, Henson F. Brooks, Jr, (Juanita), Felton, DE; John Brooks, Dover, DE; Minister Charles Brooks, Sr. (Dynette), Magnolia, DE; and Gary Brooks (Donna) Hartly, DE; one daughter, Cynthia Johnson, (Hezekiah), Charlotte, NC; one son-in-law, Ronald Comer; one brother, Ernest Sudler, (Rev Jean) Dover, DE: two brothers-in-law, Harry Turner of Dover, DE and Lawrence Brooks of Middletown, DE; thirteen grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.