With broken hearts we will try to write this obituary of Jesse James Brooks. Jesse was born April 8, 1935, at
Freeburn, Kentucky, and departed this life on July 26, 2003 at Buchanan General Hospital, making his stay on
earth 68 years, 2 months, and 18 days. He is survived by his loving wife, Elvia, of 50 years. To this union were
born 4 children, Dana Brooks of Haysi, Virgnia, Arlie Brooks of Morristown, Tennessee, Arlene Adkins of Haysi,
Virginia, and Norma Jean McClanahan of Nashville, Tennessee; nine grandchildren; one step grandson; 3 great
grandchildren; and one step great granddaughter. He is also survived by one brother, Buford Brooks of
Clintwood, Virginia, and one sister, Margaret Deel of Wise, Virginia. He was preceded in death by two brothers,
one sister, and his parents, James David and Polly Yates.
Jesse went through heart surgery on the 27th of March at Kingsport, Tennessee. After his surgery, when he
was capable of speaking to us, he stated that he had taken a train to Heaven to talk to the Lord. He said Heaven
was the most beautiful place he had ever seen. Jesse asked the Lord if he could stay in Heaven and the Lord
told him he had to come back here and stay a little while longer to be with his wife and children, then he could
come later and stay with him. So Jesse came back and stayed with us four months and twenty three days until
During this time Jesse joined the Pilgrim’s Home Church on June 1, 2003. He said he wanted to get well
enough so he could walk out in the water and be baptized. On June 14, 2003, he walked to the water with help
from Brother Harold, Brother Allen Deel, Brother Arnold, and Brother Theodore and he was baptized.
Jesse loved having his family, friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters of the church come by and visit him.
He would ask his family and friends to sing Christian songs for him. Jesse was a loving husband and father. Wee
believe with all our hearts hat he is resting with the Lord in Heaven.
Written by: Jesse’s heartbroken family