Tommy Len Brooks, 59, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017, at his home while surrounded by family following a long battle with cancer.
Tom was the kindest, most generous man. He was respected and loved by all who knew him. Even to his last day, he could make you laugh.
As a child and adult, he spent many years playing softball. He loved bowling and golf as well. He loved happy hour with friends at Champ's Bar & Grill and Lumpy's Barbecue. He called these visits "prayer meetin's".
His career path started when he worked at QuickTrip in the 1970s for five years. He then opened Brooks One Stop in 1982 followed by Brooksie's Tavern in 1986. From 1987-2002 he was an employee at Midwestern Machinery. He then owned International Mine Supply from 2002-2016, as well as Kell Drilling Supply, which he was owner and operator of from 2006 to present. Tom and Beth also enjoyed their life together on their hobby farm, "Smallrivers Ranch", where they raised cattle and pigs with their beloved dog, Gus.
Family held the most importance to Tom. He leaves behind his best friend and wife, Beth (Baert) Brooks, whom he married in 1999. There was nothing he wouldn't do for her. Tom was a perfect example to all men on how to treat a lady.
His life was his children. He is survived by children, Cherona Hicklin and husband, Robin, Tara Fritchey and husband, Isaac, Lindsey Olds and husband, Justin, Sarah Massey and husband, Zach, and Hank DePriest and his companion, Kara DeVine.
"Direct your children in the way they should go, and when they are older, they will not leave it." (Proverbs 22:6) He taught them all how to be adults. He taught them to treat people with dignity and respect. He set an example they will carry with them throughout their lives.
He was a proud "Pa" to seven grandchildren, Hadley Hicklin, Carson Hicklin, Case Fritchey, Myles Cochran, Damon Cochran, Gunner Massey, and Nolan DePriest. He also leaves behind his beloved mother, Patricia L. Kingrey; his stepmother, Connie R. Brooks; and his brother, David Brooks. Other survivors include close family members; his daughters' mother, Sharon Nafus and husband, Mike; father-in-law, David Baert; mother-in-law, Barbara Baert; along with several aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and many life-long friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Charles Brooks; his stepfather, Kenneth Kingrey; his grandparents, Paul and Ethel Brooks; and grandparents, Carl and Madolyn Parker.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 18th, at 2 p.m. at the home of Beth and Tom.
In memory of Tom, the family request that donations be made to the Joplin Fire Department's "Christmas for Kids". Tom was very passionate about following in his father's footsteps by donating bicycles each year to underprivileged children through this organization.
Arrangements are under the direction of Ozark Memorial Park Crematory, Joplin, Mo.
Published on November 17, 2017