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Velma Brooks

Velma Joyce Brooks, age 83, of Rives passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.  Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Pelia Baptist Church. Burial followed in Alamo Cemetery near Sidonia with Murphy Funeral Home of Martin in charge of the arrangements.Joyce was born Jan. 29, 1936 in the Hyndsver Community to Yuma H. and Vernell Walker Robertson. She graduated from Martin High School in 1954 being voted the “girl with the prettiest hair” by her classmates.  She was married for 63 years (Dec. 24, 1954) to C.T. Brooks Jr.  They were members of Mt. Pelia Baptist Church. Joyce and C.T. were avid Southern Gospel fans, traveling many times to the Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as attending many gospel singings held at surrounding churches.  In her years, she worked as a stamper at Martin Manufacturing Company. Her surviving family includes a daughter, Phyllis (Keith) Wainscott; a son, Danny (Lisa) Brooks; five grandchildren, Andrew (Melissa), Elizabeth, Alex (Ashley), Lance (Ashli), and Ali; and a great-granddaughter, Serenity. She was preceded in death by her husband, C.T.; her parents; and a sister, Frances Nanney.  Online tributes may be left at

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