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Moses Cornelius Brooks departed this life on July 16, 2023 at the golden age of 92 years.
Moses Cornelius Brooks, was born on December 30,1930, in rural Northumberland County Virginia, the thirteenth (13th) and last survival of Fourteen (14) children born to the late William H. (Turner) Brooks and Ellen E. Wilson Brooks. He grew up on the family’s forty-acre farm, among his Christian parents, his nine (9) brothers and four (4) sisters. He was converted to Christianity at an early age, and became an active member of Lively Hope Baptist Church, Callao Virginia. He graduated from Branch Chapel Elementary School, Holley Graded Middle School, and Julius Rosenwald High School in Northumberland County, Virginia.
On July 5, 1952, he married his Hometown Sweetheart, Alberta (Peggy) Hall, of Westmoreland County – Virginia, who accompanied him on military assignments in the United States of America, Europe and wherever it was feasible. He continued Military Service after the Korean War ended in 1953. The first five (5) years of their twenty-six-year (26) Military Life were like an extended “Honeymoon” in Europe, that provided vacations and travel to cities in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland. During his Military Career, he received ten (10) promotions; from Private (E-1) to Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-3); numerous awards, to include, the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and four (4) Army Commendation Medals. During his Military Career, he attained a Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS Degree) with a Major in Economics, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA Degree) with a Major in Accounting, from the University of Nebraska.
After five (5) years of marriage, and during his Military Career, Moses and Alberta (Peggy) were blessed with five (5) children: a daughter, the late Deborah Y. Brooks Liggan; a son, the late Juan M. Brooks who died at birth; a daughter, Sharon D. Brooks Hodge; a son, the late Michael C. Brooks; and a son, John M. Brooks.
In 1977, Moses attained employment with the District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington D.C., as Coordinator of Support Services, DS-11, for the Division of Buildings and Grounds, Operations and Maintenance Branch, with responsibilities of providing logistical support to approximately fourteen- hundred (1400) employes assigned as Mechanical Engineers for Heating and Cooling Systems, Building Supervisors, School Maintenance Workers, and Janitors, for daily Operation and Maintenance of approximately two-hundred (200) Public School buildings, for approximately two-hundred thousand (200,000) Public School Students.
Upon retirement in 1990, Moses and his wife Alberta (Peggy) relocated from the Northern Virginia area, to their retirement estate in Westmoreland County Virginia, and became affiliated with the Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale Virginia. He was appointed Church Trustee, and later, Ordained as Deacon of the Church, where he served for ten (10) years as an Adult Sunday School Teacher, Adult Vacation Bible School Teacher and organized Cub Scout Pack #270 under the sponsorship of Zion Baptist Church. As result of their declining health, Moses and his wife Alberta (Peggy), move back to the Northern Virginia area, to acquire medical attention provided by military hospitals, and joined Christian Fellowship with the Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria Virginia, where he was accepted as Deacon of the Church. He taught a Sunday School Adult Class, served as President and Deacon Lay Leader for two (2) of the Church’s thirty (30) Discipleship Groups, until 2005.
In 2005, Moses and his wife Alberta (Peggy), relocated to the Fredericksburg Virginia Area where housing were available that facilitated the elderly, and join Christian Fellowship with the Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site), where he was accepted as Deacon of the Church. He taught an Adult Sunday School Class, Adult Vacation Bible School Class, and served as Secretary for several of the Church Ministries (Men’s Ministry, Sunday School Ministry and Drama Ministry) until his health prevented participation.
Moses was proceeded in death by his daughter, Deborah Y. Liggan; two sons, Juan M. Brooks, and Michael C. Brooks.
Moses leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Alberta (Peggy) Hall Brooks; daughter, Sharon Brooks Hodge; son, John M. Brooks (Jenna Stauffer Brooks); six grand-children, Desiree F. Liggan, Rachael A. Liggan, Ariel L. Jipping (Clayton Jipping), Cameron Hodge, John M. “Jack” Brooks Jr., and Jordan S. Brooks; two great-grand-children, Felicity, and Claire Jipping; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A viewing will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) in Fredericksburg, VA, on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 10:00 AM followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM. The interment will be held at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Kinsale, VA, on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers the family would be honored by donations to Micah Ministries of Fredericksburg, VA, Give Help | Micah Ecumenical Ministries (micahfredericksburg.org)