Laverne Brooks, 87, of Arab died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Marshall Medical Center North.

Mrs. Brooks was born Jan. 16, 1932, to Claude Hambey and Chloe Phillips Hambey. She was married to Billy K. Brooks, who preceded her in death in 2016.

She was a devoted member of Eddy Missionary Baptist Church where she had attended for 60+ years. She loved singing gospel music, studying the Bible, and her church family. She enjoyed watching the birds in her pastime.

She was the oldest living member of Eddy Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law: Kathy and Wendell Smith, Gail and Jerry Smith; grandchildren: Lori and Justin Kelso, Jason Smith, Nathan Smith; great-grandchild: Raegan Kelso; sister: Wilmalene Banister.

The funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Eddy Missionary Baptist Church with Jacob Moody and Jason Smith officiating. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery with Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel directing.

Pallbearers were Jason Smith, Nathan Smith, Justin Kelso, Jeremy Bulman, Thomas Barber and Bud Blackmon.

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