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Maurice Brooks was born June 13, 1931 to the late Leroy Brooks and Arlena Gonzales Brooks.

After graduating from Wheatley High School in Houston,, Maurice embarked on a successful career in the United States Air Force. His service in the Air Force afforded him the opportunity to live in Japan, Great Britain, and France where he attended the University of Paris. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association.

As a retired Vietnam era veteran, Maurice lived and began a second career as a barber in Detroit, Mich. where he was a barber to many Motown stars such as the Temptations.

Later he returned to his native state of Texas and manifested his dream of opening his own barber shop. The “Elite Barber Shop” became an icon in the Sunny Side Community.

Maurice retired from cutting hair in 2005, but continued to enjoy spending time with his friends from the shop, listening to Jazz with his wife, collecting coins, and spending time in the yard with his beloved dog Chino.

Maurice died on June 13, 2009 at his home in Houston surrounded by family.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, one son Howard, and a younger brother George Whitfield.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife Carol Isley Brooks, a stepson and stepdaughter Leland and Gina Isley, one grandson Corey, one sister, Mozell Harris, five brothers, Ulyssess Brooks, Clarence Washington, Sr., Louis Bonner, Jr., Charles Bonner, Horacell Bonner, one special cousin, Leon Brooks, and many many relatives and friends. 

Active Pallbearers were Anthony Brooks, Ronnie Richardson, George Wigfall Jr., Jonas Brooks, Louis Bonner Jr., and Wayne Gonzales.

Honorary Pallbearers were Ulyssess Brooks, Louis Bonner, Clarence Washington, Horacell bonner, Charles Bonner, Leon Brooks, and Ercell Brooks.

Services were held Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Prairie View A.M.E.  Church in San Felipe with Pastor Tyrone Freeman officiating.

 Interment was Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at the Houston National Cemetery in Houston at 1:15 p.m.

Funeral Arrangements Entrusted by: Miller-Josey Mortuary, LLC in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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