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Ray Brooks

d. October 17, 2021

Ray Brooks, age 86, of Williamsville, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at his residence with his family by his side.

Ray was born November 11, 1934 in Williamsville, Illinois, the son of Leo and Carrie (Sapp) Brooks.

Mourning his passing are his daughter, Diane (husband Kent) Thompson; grandchildren, Katrina Thompson , Trevor (wife Darci) Thompson, Sophie Brooks, and Matthew Brooks; great-grandchildren, Noelle Thompson and Abram Thompson; sister, Julia (husband Greg) Bradley; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Milo.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; a son, David; and two brothers, Arthur Brooks and Cecil Brooks.

Ray married Joyce Brian Scurlock on June 7, 1959 at the Williamsville Christian Church.

He worked many years at Barker-Lubin Lumber City and retired from Mary Bryant Home for the Blind.  After retirement, he worked for the Williamsville School District part-time.

He enjoyed his family, woodworking, camping, fishing, basketball, and watching westerns.

Ray was a member of the Williamsville Christian Church.

Funeral services for Ray will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

In leiu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Animal Protective League in Springfield.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Thank you Ray, for being my grandpa’s friend, for helping him any time he needed you and again, thank you, for also doing the same for my mom. They don’t make ’em like you anymore so the world you lived in will surely miss everything about you. Your smile, kind words, helpful and generous nature, your humor, conversations with you and I could go on and on. I’ll remember you fondly very often. Please give Joyce a hug and kiss from me. It comforts me knowing you two are together again. I love you. Always.

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