He was born in Church Hill, TN to the late Jessee and Mattie Brooks. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles Brooks Jr.; daughter, Barbara Brooks; and brothers, Jimmy Brooks and Robert Brooks. He is survived by his wife, Ilean; his son, Mike Brooks (wife Mirella); and his daughter, Becky Brooks. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, J.D. Brooks, Don Brooks and Garland Brooks (wife Shirley).
He graduated from Church Hill High School in 1951. He served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force.
There will be a Celebration of Life November 11, 2018 at Ross Camp Ground United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made to Ross Camp Ground Cemetery, c/o Tina Henderson, 312 Amis Chapel Road, Surgoinsville, TN 37873 or Janie Kincheloe, 207 Ivy Lane, Gray, TN 37615