June Carson Brooks was born in the Ouachita Mountains of Pike County, Arkansas on August 19, 1933, to William Austin Carson and Susie Missouri Carson. She was a descendent of the famed frontier legend Christopher “Kit” Carson. She passed on to the Spirit in the Sky on February 16, 2018, in Longview, Texas. June spoke of previously taking this joyful journey “through the tunnel of light” during a near drowning accident while fishing on Caddo Lake in 1968. She described the experience of holding God’s hand, seeing overwhelming beauty, and feeling indescribable peace during that moment in time which continued to strengthen her already deeply rooted faith.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the Capt. Wm. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home in Jefferson, Texas with Chapel Services to follow at 2:00 pm officiated by Pastor Paul Sellers. Private interment will be at Oakwood Memorial Park in Jefferson, Texas afterward.
She reared and raised four children from her first marriage. She believed, “if another woman wants your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her have him”. On March 1, 1979, she married Nolan Taylor Brooks of Jefferson, Texas. June was a member of The Order of Eastern Star Jefferson Chapter #627, The Veterans of Foreign War Women’s Auxiliary, and Bethel Baptist Church.
She often told stories to her children Garry, Edward, Bill, and Donna of her youth working in the cotton fields, walking miles to school, receiving one pair of shoes a year, playing in the cool and clear streams of Arkansas, and smoking grape vines. She also taught them the true blessings of celebrating the love of our Father, and giving rather than receiving gifts at Christmas. She enjoyed gardening and canning with her children as her “assistants”. Little did they know, child labor was illegal, while completing the tasks of shucking and desilking 200 ears of corn and shelling 2 bushels of peas in a timely manner on Saturday mornings during summer break. She would always reward them with homemade ice cream and homemade fried fruit pies for a job well done.
June also had a passion for fine perfumes, shoes, jewelry, designer clothing, dishes, manicured nails, and maintaining a coiffed hairstyle. Every lady should own at least 100 pair of quality shoes with several being red in her opinion. She would drive in 3 inch heels on icy roads. Often, while listening to Fats Domino tunes, she would dance in her high heels as she swept the floors. Her home and dining table were always open to any and every one.
Her grandchildren, April, Leann, Christi, Traci, Jody, and Jamie affectionately called her MeMaw. Her method of keeping them close while outdoors was to say, “That bird will fly down and peck your eyes out if you get out of MeMaw’s sight”. It worked! These children grew into adults who cherish that memory and laugh about it to this day. She also made sure her great-grandchildren were well aware of these “eye pecking birds”.
Like her forefathers, she too had an adventurous spirit, rowing in a boat into a slew with her niece, Teresa, unknowing it was the home of alligators until they were surrounded. This only added another story of her many adventures that she loved to share.
She had a beautiful smile that lit up a room and an even more beautiful spirit. In her last years, being amazed by the internet and Facebook, she looked forward to having a photo of her smiling face posted on what she referred to as “inline” (instead of online) while thoroughly enjoying each and every “like” received. Thanking God every day for blessing her with children and grandchildren was part of her daily routine.
Her parents; husband, Nolan; sons, Garry, and Bill; son-in law, Paul; brothers, Buddy, Carl, Kit, Curt; sisters, Daisy, Cricket, Irene, Mae; and one special dog, Copper, preceded her in death.
She is survived by son, Edward; daughter, Donna; twin sister, Joyce; sister, Mary; brothers, James and Billy; grandchildren, April, Leann, Christi, Traci, Jody, and Jamie; 7 great grandchildren; special family friend, Jose; many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and friends.