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In Memory of Alexandria - Pineville Veterans Honor Guard Members who are no longer with us
"Requiscat in Pace"


Orville Eugene "Gene" Brooks
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Born: Feb 15, 1931
Death: June 29, 2008

Mass of Christian Burial for Orville Eugene "Gene" Brooks will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church with Father Dan O'Connor and Father Steve Randow officiating. Burial will be in Alexandria Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Brooks, 77, of Pineville, died Sunday, June 29, 2008, at Rapides Regional Medical Center.

He was a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church; a life member of the DAV Chapter 7; DAV hospital representative; Trench Rats-Dug Out-600 in Mansura; a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars #1736; Alexandria - Pineville Veterans Honor Guard; life member of American Legion 408 Post 309; Korean War Veteran; Am-Vets since 1993 and Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Blanche M. Brooks and his second wife of 9 years, Hertha S. Brooks; parents, John Orville and Mary Etta R. Brooks; daughters, Gloria M. McLaughlin, Genevieve M. Melton and Constance M. Collins; son Norbert Mathews.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Dennis Puckett of Pineville; daughter, Delores M. Gauthier of Alexandria; sisters, Eva Harris of Chicago, Illinois, Jane B. Campbell of Springfield, Illinois, Gerri B. Allen of Springfield, Illinois, Dorothy Brooks of Chicago, Illinois, Betty B. Bowman of Springfield, Illinois, Evelyn B. Schumacher of Springfield, Illinois; brother, Jack Harris of Springfield, Illinois; twenty-five grandchildren; fifty two great grandchildren

Pallbearers will be his great grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Alexandria / Pineville Veterans Honor Guard.

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