Dorothy Taylor Brookes
Dorothy Taylor Brookes
  • February 10, 1925 - August 12, 2016
  • Texas

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Dorothy Taylor Brookes, 91, passed away Friday, August 12, 2016 in Lufkin, Texas. Memorial services and inurnment will be Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m., at the Cole Chapel in Moody, Texas.

Dorothy was born on February 10, 1925 to Frank and Lina Enloe, in Temple, Texas. She was the youngest of eight children, with three older brothers and four older sisters. She graduated from Temple High School, Temple, Texas in 1942. She worked for the Bell Telephone Company for two years until 1944, when she married Lt. George A. Taylor, a pilot in the Army Air Corps. After the war, they moved to Kingsville, Texas, where George attended Texas College of Arts and Industries and Dorothy worked as a secretary in the college's Biology Department. Their son David was born in 1946 in Temple, and daughter Phyllis was born in San Benito, Texas, in 1955. After graduating from A&I in 1947, George re-enlisted in the US Air Force, and Dorothy took up the itinerant life of an officer's wife. Over the next twelve years, Dorothy made homes in Wichita Falls, Texas; Biloxi, Mississippi; San Benito and Harlingen, Texas; and for three years in Japan, first at Itami Air Force Base near Osaka and Yokota Air Force Base near Tokyo. At all the bases, she was an active member of the Officers Wives Club.

In November 1958, tragedy struck: George was killed when his plane crashed while landing just after midnight in inclement weather at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. Dorothy and the children moved back to her childhood home of Temple, Texas, to be near her mother, Lina. In 1960 she met and married James A. Brookes of Temple, with whom she spent the next 51 years. In 1968, she began working for Temple National Bank, where she rose from receptionist to Bank Personnel Officer. She retired from the bank in 1987. James worked at American Desk in Temple as vice president of engineering from 1962 to 1975, and in 1980 the couple moved to Moody, Texas, where James opened Brookes Television. Dorothy worked in the shop part-time, but mostly she enjoyed her retirement doing crossword puzzles, visiting with friends and following her favorite baseball and football teams. James closed the TV business in 1998, and he pursued his passion for fishing from Texas to Saskatchewan, until shortly before his death in 2011. Dorothy continued to live in Moody until March 2016 when, in failing health, she moved to Lufkin to be near her daughter Phyllis and son-in-law Ronny McElroy.

Dorothy Brookes is survived by her son, David Taylor and his wife, Olivera Nesic-Taylor, currently of Roanoke, Virginia; her daughter Phyllis McElroy and her husband, Ronny McElroy of Lufkin; grandchildren Jane McVey and her husband Shannon, and their daughter Mary, of Austin; Will Taylor and his wife Lindsay, and their children Claire and Andy, of Houston; John McElroy and his wife Ashley and their children Landon and Katelyn, currently of Scottsdale, Arizona; and Lindsey McElroy of Lufkin; also, sister-in-law Pearl Schulle of Houston; niece Cindy Warner and her husband Bill Warner of Houston; and niece Norma Vinson and her husband Mack Vinson of Beaumont.

The family gratefully acknowledges the dedication and professional care provided by Southland Nursing Home and Hospice in the Pines, in Lufkin, Texas. In lieu of flowers Dorothy's family requests donations to Hospice in the Pines, 1504 W Frank Ave, Lufkin, TX 75904. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in Dorothy's guestbook at