Billy Wayne Brooks, 71, of Rivervale, Arkansas departed this life on Saturday February 4, 2023 at St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was born on September 24,1951 to Ollie Oran and Vernie Mae Austin Brooks in Rector, Arkansas.
Billy was a man of God and music. He loved the Lord and served him faithfully. He loved his family and enjoyed every precious moment with them. Building guitars was his passion. He was known as the guitar man and guitar picker. He was a multi-talented music man who could play just about any instrument he laid his hands on. Through the years he loved playing gospel music with his many friends. Back in the day Billy had great passion for the outdoors, often hunting and fishing. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, making Christmas candy and could can the best dill and sweet pickles. Billy was liked and loved by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He may not have had the best life, but he did his best. He always had a smile on his face and a song in his heart.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one daughter: Robin Green, three sisters: Dorothy Wolf, Patsy Smith and Evelyn Felton, one half-brother: Wallace Brooks and one half-sister: Elizabeth Carmichael.
Billy is survived by one daughter: Janet Brooks of Rivervale, Arkansas, one son: Nathan Brooks of West Ridge, Arkansas, three grandchildren: Ariana “Nanner” Hudson of Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, “Deva” Rhiannon Green of Marie, Arkansas, and Zakary Brooks of West Ridge, Arkansas, one great grandson: Patrick Hammond of Marie, Arkansas, the mother of his three children: Shirley Spencer Brooks of Lepanto, Arkansas, one brother: Dennis Brooks, Sr. of Strawberry, Arkansas, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins , his church family and his guitar picking friends.
Funeral service will be held Friday February 10, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at McCormick Church, 10301 Priestley Lane, Trumann, Arkansas. Visitation will be held Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at Delancey Funeral Home in Lepanto, Arkansas. Interment will follow funeral service at Caraway Cemetery, Caraway, Arkansas.
Arrangements are under the care of Delancey Funeral Home in Lepanto, Arkansas.