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Deacon James C. Brooks, 78, a retired autoworker, died Saturday (Feb. 17, 2001) in Veterans Affairs Medical Center after a long illness.

Born in Elba, Ala., he served in the Army during World War II. After living in Lake Wells, Fla., he came to Buffalo in 1955.

Brooks worked as a chipper and grinder in the General Motors plant in the Town of Tonawanda, retiring in 1980.

In retirement, he was active at 1490 Jefferson Inc., where he drove a van for senior citizens.

A member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, he became a deacon and served on its Deacon Board for 32 years.

He and Annie Mae Tyus were married in 1949.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Michael of Buffalo; two brothers, Louie of Rochester and Eddie of Elmira; two sisters, Nellie Richardson of Rochester and Inez Smith of Buffalo; and five grandsons.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, 292 Glenwood Ave., after a wake at noon. Burial, with military honors, will be in Forest Lawn.

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