Vernice Barnes-Brooks was born Jan. 1, 1934 in Falls County. She departed this life Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at Parkview Hospital in Mexia.
Brooks was the 18th of 19 children, born to Louis and Marie McWilliams-Barnes. Her husband, Willie J. Brooks; stepson, James Brooks; both parents and 17 brothers and sisters all preceded Vernice in death.
Brooks received her formal education in the Kosse and also in the Groesbeck school systems. Vernice joined church at an early age and devoted her life to serving Christ Jesus and raising her children according to the scriptures. Brooks was a devoted member and usher at the New Light Missionary Baptist Church, Wiley Chapel Missionary Church (both in Dallas), and also an usher at the Greater Antioch Baptist Church of Stranger. At the time of her death, Brooks was a member of New Home Baptist Church in Mexia, where Rev. L. Brown serves as the pastor.
Brooks leaves to mourn her 10 children (seven boys and three girls) and their spouses. Those left to cherish her memory are stepdaughter, Doris (Kenny) Pearson of Lancaster; Dennis (Nancy) Brooks of Dallas; Patricia Christopher of Dallas; Michael (Monica) Brooks of Wadesboro, N.C.; Marion Ford of Mexia; Tracy (Laneshia) Brooks of Lancaster; Keith (Karen) Brooks of Wilmer; Bobby (Conswella) Brooks of Mesquite; Stephan Brooks of Garland; 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Brooks’ wake will be 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 at the Bethesda Memorial Funeral Home, which is located at 318 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy. in Mexia. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Antioch Baptist Church, 610 N. Denton St. in Mexia.
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