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April 21, 1932 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Nelson Ray Brooks, 91, of Nevada, MO, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Nevada Medicalodge surrounded by family and friends. Born April 21, 1932, in Hume, MO, Nelson was the son of Buford Marshall and Emma Dell (Potter) Brooks. He married the love of his life, Ella Mae (Burrus) Brooks on June 27, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Hume, MO, and she preceded him in death on July 23, 2008.
Nelson attended the one-room schoolhouse, Brush College, southeast of Hume for grades 1-8 and the Hume High School grades 9-12, graduating in 1951 right along with his wife. Nelson was best known for his basketball talents as a Hume Hornet with a great hook shot, his hunting skills, his hard work ethic, his love for his family and his storytelling.
After graduation, Nelson worked for the Frito Asphalt Company, based in Pittsburg, KS, from 1951-1954, dynamiting for construction of roads. He then became a brakeman on the Missouri Pacific Railroad from 1954-1981, until he was badordered due to hearing loss. Nelson was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Nevada from 1953 until 1989 when he and Ella Mae transferred their membership to First Baptist Church in Nevada. Other memberships in his life included the Masonic Lodge #303, O.E.S. #53 (Order of the Eastern Star), Elks Lodge #564 and N.A.R.V.R.E. (National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees).
Enjoyments in Nelson’s life included vacationing with Ella Mae in Colorado Springs, playing pool at the Neal Center, reading Louis L'Amour books, watching westerns on Channel 8, and having family visit, especially his grandsons and great-grandkids. His favorite restaurants were Chicken Annie’s, Cooky’s Cafe, and Emery’s, where waitresses spoiled him.
Survivors include one son, Randy Brooks, of Nevada; one daughter, Ranea Couch and her husband, Phil, of Moundville; grandchildren: Christopher Schulze and his wife, Jenny, of Willard; Kyle Schulze and his wife, Lauren, of Nevada; Bob Brooks, Perkiomenville, PA; Bryan Brooks, Jacksonville, FL; Isabella Brooks, Nevada; step-grandchildren: Samantha Schmitt, Tayrin Schmitt, Kodie Schmitt and his wife, Macey; great-grandchildren: Maelee Faye and Gracee Aleen Schulze, of Willard; Emerson Ray and Iris River Schulze, of Nevada; Kallen Nash Brooks, of Perkiomenville, PA; step great-grandchildren: Heath Ray Hubbard, Taylee Mae Bryant and Connor Andrew Foster-Bryant; two sisters: Colleen Blevins, of Butler; and Diane Clark and her husband, Larry, of Hume; a sister-in-law, Karen Brooks, of Carl Junction; a brother-in-law, Oran Burrus, of Nevada; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
In addition to his wife Ella Mae, he was preceded in death by his parents, Buford and Emma Brooks; his brothers: Melvin Brooks, Tom Brooks and Bob Brooks; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Burrus) Busbea and Donna (Roby) Burrus; brothers-in-law: Bill Blevins, Elvy Burrus, Sr. and Darrell Busbea; nieces: Lisa (Burrus) Cargill and Judy (Burrus) Moore; nephews: Oran Everett Burrus and Travis Allen Burrus; and step great-grandson, Maddox Franklin Foster-Bryant.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023, at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. A private committal will be held at a later date at Moore Cemetery beside his wife.
Memorials are suggested to the Neal Center, where Nelson loved going to play pool with friends or the Osage Masonic Lodge #303, where he was a long-time member, c/o Ferry Funeral Home.