Jeff Brooks, Jr.
May 21, 1944 - April 6, 2014
Jeff L. Brooks, Jr., 69, of DeRidder, LA, passed from this life on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at his home. Jeff was born May 21, 1944 and raised in Lafayette, LA. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1962 and attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana briefly before attending Pharmacy School at the Northeastern University in Monroe. After completing Pharmacy School, he joined the Navy serving active duty as a Hospital Corpsman then rejoining in the Navy Reserves for 27 years and retiring as a Master Chief. He was an avid gun collector, rarely missed a gun show either as a vendor or customer and reloaded ammo up until his death. He believed in the right to bare arms, serving God, his country, and his community and family. He enjoyed working as a pharmacist since 1967 and retired after about 42 years. His Civic and Community Activities included: Lifetime member of NRA, past member of The American Legion Beauregard Post NO. 27, past member of the Southwest LA Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc., Louisiana State Pharmaceutical Association, Louisiana Pharmacist Association, past member of DeRidder Downtown Merchants and DeRidder Chamber of Commerce, member of the East Beauregard Lions Club since 1978, currently a member of Unity Baptist Church, Charter member of Beauregard Parish Fire District 3.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 8 years, Rose Deraedt Brooks of DeRidder, LA; daughter, Joan Ava Brooks Landry (Jason) of Lafayette, LA; son James Beauman Brooks of Keithville, LA; grandchildren, Beau Foote of Lake Charles, LA, Jayme Brooks (Josh Landry) and Brandi Berard (Bud) also of New Iberia; great grandchild, Khloe Landry of New Iberia, LA; step-children of his spouse who became like children-Jennifer Johnson, Jeff (Trace) and Jonathan (Tina) Stortz and their children; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father, Jeff L. Brooks, Sr., mother, Doye Noble Lanclos; step-father, Herbert P. Lanclos; and previous wife, Brenda Broussard Brooks.
Visitation and funeral service will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Myers-Colonial Funeral Home in DeRidder, LA. Visitation will be from 4:30pm until 6:00pm with funeral services beginning at 6:00pm. Bro. Roger Gill will officiate.
On Friday, April 11, 2014, there will be a visitation at Martin & Castille Funeral Home on St. Landry St. in Lafayette, LA, from 10:00am until 1:00pm. A graveside service will be held at 2:00pm at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery.