Harold LeRoy Brooks

October 30, 1929 - November 16, 2016
Harold LeRoy Brooks

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Harold (Hal) LeRoy Brooks, 87, of Hendersonville, went home to be with the Lord on November 16th, 2016.
Born in LaGrange, IL, Hal was the son of the late Willard and Minnie Ellingson Brooks. He was also preceded in death by his son, Glenn Brooks; brother, Paul Brooks; and brother-in-law, Bill Early.
He served our country in the Navy as a carrier fighter pilot during the Korean War. Hal earned electrical engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue University and enjoyed an extensive career, ranging from Chief Engineer and Plant Manager for Square D Company to VP and General Manager for Johnson Control’s manufacturing division. From 1987 until 1994, he, along with his wife, owned a Christian bookstore (Lemstone Books) in Greensboro. Hal was a member of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville and Wes Jensen’s Sunday school class. A devoted student and teacher of the Bible, he witnessed for Christ until the day he left to be with his Lord. He was a loving father, husband and friend to many. Hal had a volunteer’s heart and gladly served his church and community in countless opportunities throughout the years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Joan Kuhny Brooks; his son, David Brooks and wife, Ashley, of Seattle, WA; his daughters, Donna Lanning and husband, Jesse, of Fletcher, NC and Paula Brooks and husband, Kevin Stone of Aurora, CO; brother, Philip Brooks and wife, Ann, of Moraga, CA; sister, Karen Brooks of McHenry, IL; brother-in-law, Robert Kuhny of Bonita Springs, FL; sister-in-law, Jean Brooks of Bloomington, IL; daughter-in-law, Vincenza Brooks of Las Vegas, NV; two cousins, Betty Moeller of Knoxville and Don Brooks of Erie, IL; three grandchildren, Kayla Brooks of Seattle, WA, Jeremiah and Colby Lanning of Fletcher, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Hal’s life will be held at the chapel of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Visitation will be held at 1:00 and the service will begin at 2:00. Pastor Steve Scoggins will officiate. The graveside service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or to the First Baptist Church Missions Fund, 312 5th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28739


Saturday, November 19, 2016
2:00 PM

The Chapel of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Saturday, November 19, 2016
1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Chapel of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • November 17, 2016
    Laura Sexton says:
    Dear Joan~ It is with great sadness that I read of Hal's passing. Working with him in Physical Therapy at Lake Pointe was always a joy for me. I never ceased to be amazed at his quiet but indomitable spirit and determination that he was going to get back to his daily walk. Several times, he told me the story of you two meeting in college and how lucky he was that God put you two together. I hold you and your family close in my heart during this time and pray for God to grant comfort and peace.

  • November 18, 2016
    Betty Baldwin says:
    Hal and Joan have been our wonderful next-door neighbors here at Lake Pointe. Mart was very happy to have a last real conversation when Hal felt up to a phone call several weeks ago. The Brooks have really made a contribution to this retirement village, and Hal will be greatly missed. Joan, we love you!

  • November 19, 2016
    Bill % Harriet Ball says:
    Dear Joan. Our heartfelt condolences to you and the family on your loss.m Hal was a good friend and neighbor and a real contributor to our community. I especially remember the many hours we spent together in meetings and discussions wher he was always a kind and thougthful participant. He will truly be missed. Love, Bill & Harriet