Odelle Elizabeth Brooks
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Odelle Elizabeth Brooks
  • May 29, 1925 - May 20, 2016
  • Front Royal, Virginia

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On 05/20/16, Odelle Elizabeth Brooks was called home to be with the Lord. She was born May 29, 1925 in Bentonville, Virginia. She was the sixth of seven children of the late Thomas Curry and Florance Pinkett. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Helen, Gertrude, Ella Mae and two brothers, Curry George and Paul.
She attended public school in Warren County. At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal savior through baptism at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Bentonville, Virginia. In 1947 she married Orick Horace Lewis (deceased). They settled in Bentonville and from their union raised five children, Linda Washington (deceased), Jerry Lewis, Everett Lewis, Ralph Lewis (deceased) and Roger Lewis.
She served as a deaconess and pianist at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church for many years under the leadership of the late Reverend Thomas Proctor. She also was a pianist at Amissville Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Carter Ausberry. Her ministry of song has blessed a multitude of people.
She worked as a domestic for a family in Front Royal, Service Attendant at the Skyline Motel and AVTEX Fibers at which she retired. She loved to cook, garden and go fishing. She took great care of her family and was generous and kind to everyone she met.
In 1991 she married Paul Brooks (deceased) of Front Royal, Virginia. She then united with Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Front Royal, Virginia under the leadership of Reverend Alfred Woods. She was the pianist and organist for many years until her health started to fail. She was a member of the Senior Choir, assisted with the Youth Choir, member of the Usher Board, Missionary Society, Sunday School participant, Pastor's Aid Ministry, Deaconess Ministry, Outreach and Beautification Ministry.
She volunteered her time as a receptionist at the Warren Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Jolly Sixties and active at the Senior Center of Front Royal. She and Paul Brooks would go on numerous trips throughout the east coast with the Jolly Sixties.
She leaves to cherish her memory, Sister Minnie Burke, Sister-in-law, Jane Wilson, Daughter-in-Laws (Marguerite Lewis, Young Ae Lewis and Casandra Lewis), Son-in-Law (Lewis Washington Sr.), Nieces (Mary Davis, Suzanne Edward, Lovinia Ewell and Fredrica (Gail) Wilson), Ten Grandchildren, Two Step-Grandchildren, Nineteen Great Grandchildren, and a host of family members and friends.