Corine Brooks, affectionately known as “Momma,” “Momma-Dear,” and “Snook,” at the graceful age of 88, left this earth to be with the Lord on May 21, 2022, at 9:23 P.M. She was born on November 06, 1933, to the Late Mr. Nathanial Hawkins, Sr. and Mary K. Hawkins. “Momma” confessed Christ at an early age and committed her life to Christian service to the Lord. She served as the secretary at Coppins Chapel AME Church, Flat Creek, Alabama. She was a longtime, faithful member of Saint John AME Church, Birmingham, Alabama, where she served on the Stewardess Board, the Women’s Missionary Society, and the Lay Organization. “Momma” was dedicated to the church up to the end and attended faithfully every Sunday, even if it required watching it live on her iPad or TV. She was very close to her pastor and his wife, Reverend Dr. Ronald D. and First Lady Kim C. Sterling, and her previous pastor and wife, Reverend Mashod A. Evans, Sr. and Mrs. Leslie Evans. “Momma” was devoted to helping with anything that she could do at the church. She was considered one of the cherished mothers of the church. “Momma” graduated high school in 1951. She was employed for many years and retired from Spring Valley Poultry (currently known as Tyson Foods). She was a diligent and dependable worker and friend to her co-workers. She was united in Holy Matrimony for over twenty years to the Late Reverend Leroy B. Brooks. She touched many lives in service as First Lady. “Momma-Dear” was the best mother anyone could have been blessed with by God. She continuously sacrificed herself to care for her children and grandchildren and supported them in anything they endeavored to do. She was the ultimate portrait of a Godly example for them and influenced them for the good. She was a true Proverbs 31 woman of God. Corine was known to her friends as a strong Godly woman. They describe her as sweet, kind, generous, loving, giving, compassionate, caring, and understanding (to name a few words). After talking to anyone she knew, one phrase they could count on hearing from her was, “I love you.” This proved to leave a smile on their faces every time. She was and is deeply loved by everyone who knew her. Snook, to her siblings and their children, was known as a devoted sister and aunt. To them, she was the one person whom anyone could talk to. She supported them and proved to be the one they could call anytime. She was beloved so much by all of them. She was preceded in death by a son, Marcus K. Hawkins, son-in-law, Jerry L. Jones, a grandchild, Markitta Hawkins, her parents, four sisters, seven brothers, four sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. “Momma” leaves to cherish her memories, her daughter, Dr. Felecia Brooks-Jones of McCalla, Alabama, sons, Austin Brooks of Hueytown, Alabama, Carlton (Sonja) Brooks of Marriottsville, Maryland, Minister Stephen (Rose) Brooks of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Reverend Manasseh (Felita) Hawkins of Birmingham, Alabama; grandchildren, Minister Joshua (Ericka), Jeremiah, Jerrica (Roderick), Dallas, Austin Conner, Jennifer, Corine Nicole, Quincy, Schuyler, Jasmine (Joshua), Joseph, Manasseh Kerrard, Fallon, and Calvin (Maria); great-grandchildren, JaMya, Marcus, and Lucas; siblings, Mary Grace Hawkins, Myrtle Hawkins, Curtis Joe (Deborah) Hawkins, and William (Annette) Hawkins; sister-in-law, Erma Jean Hawkins; best friend, Ms. Susie Belton; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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