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DeNorval Brooks

June 20, 1953 May 13, 2016
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DeNorval Brooks was born in Kansas City, Mo. On June 20, 1953 and departed this life to be with the Lord on May 13, 2016.
His mother was Lorraine Marie Brooks Turpin and his beloved step-father was Gabriel James Turpin. He loved both of them very much. His father was Ralph Mercy. At an early age, DeNorval excepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.
He attended the public schools of Kansas City, Mo and went to Paseo High School in Kansas City where he excelled in the ROTC program. His best friend was Darryl Kelly, whose mother was Emogene Brown Kelly both of whom he loved.
With his mother’s help, on October 5, 1970, he enlisted in the Navy at the very young age of just 17 and served until October 11, 1972. While in Vietnam, he became a Corpsman and after he was discharged continued in the Naval Reserves Unit until October 11, 1976. On August 18, 1973, he married Donna Jean Williams and to this union his beloved son, DeNorval, Jr. was born. Donna passed away on May 26, 1977.
DeNorval remarried Debra Young in 1979 and the two remained together until December, 1990.
Later in life, DeNorval, now known as “Brooks” came to Denver and through work, met Karen A. Barringer and the two became man and wife on August 2, 1996 and have been devoted to each other ever since.
“Brooks” had many degrees and talents. He attained his dream of becoming an accomplished and recognized chef. He won the Colorado Ironman for his culinary delights. He is known in the community as a multi-talented chef and for his many acts of kindness, giving to others even when he became ill.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Barringer-Brooks; his son, DeNorval Brooks, Jr.; his grandson, DeNorval Brooks III; step-sons Benjamin I. Barringer (Susie Kingston) and Christopher Barringer (Cristin Barringer); step-daughter Naomi E. Barringer; grandchildren Matt Hoselton, Israel D. Barringer, Sarai M. Barringer, Jakob W.D. Barringer, Jasmine N. Barringer, Elizabeth A. Beach, Frankie Coriz, Kaitlyn E. Barringer; great grandchildren Amadeus Barringer-Reich and Samuel Barringer; siblings Lauran Denise Brooks, Georgia Elaine Brooks, Deborah R. Brooks, Reginald B. Brooks, Curtis J. Brooks and James (Miles) Brooks. He has many nephews, nieces and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Marie Brooks Turpin, his father, Ralph Mercy, his step-father Gabriel James Turpin, his brother Tony A. Brooks, and beloved granddaughter, Tiffany.
“Brooks” was an artist, an athlete, a warrior, a veteran, a patriot, a computer tech, a surgical tech, a chef – a life-long learner who shared his many, many talents and skills with countless people, including many, many children. He was full of joy and creativity. Life will not be as colorful without him in it and he will be greatly missed by his many family and friends.
All are invited to celebrate “Brooks” life at a Memorial Service to be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Crossroads Church, 10451 Huron Street, Denver, Colorado 80234 (104th and Huron, Northglenn). Services begin at 11:00 a.m. and a luncheon to honor Chef Brooks will be held for everyone immediately after in the Crossroads Canteen Fellowship Hall. Final internment will be at Fort Logan.







His mother was Lorraine Marie Brooks Turpin and his beloved step-father was Gabriel James Turpin. He loved both of them very much. His father was Ralph Mercy. At an early age, DeNorval excepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.





He attended the public schools of Kansas City, Mo and went to Paseo High School in Kansas City where he excelled in the ROTC program. His best friend was Darryl Kelly, whose mother was Emogene Brown Kelly both of whom he loved.





With his mother’s help, on October 5, 1970, he enlisted in the Navy at the very young age of just 17 and served until October 11, 1972. While in Vietnam, he became a Corpsman and after he was discharged continued in the Naval Reserves Unit until October 11, 1976.





On August 18, 1973, he married Donna Jean Williams and to this union his beloved son, DeNorval, Jr. was born. Donna passed away on May 26, 1977.





DeNorval remarried Debra Young in 1979 and the two remained together until December, 1990.





Later in life, DeNorval, now known as “Brooks” came to Denver and through work, met Karen A. Barringer and the two became man and wife on August 2, 1996 and have been devoted to each other ever since.





“Brooks” had many degrees and talents. He attained his dream of becoming an accomplished and recognized chef. He won the Colorado Ironman for his culinary delights. He is known in the community as a multi-talented chef and for his many acts of kindness, giving to others even when he became ill.





He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Barringer-Brooks; his son, DeNorval Brooks, Jr.; his grandson, DeNorval Brooks III; step-sons Benjamin I. Barringer (Susie Kingston) and Christopher Barringer (Cristin Barringer); step-daughter Naomi E. Barringer; grandchildren Matt Hoselton, Israel D. Barringer, Sarai M. Barringer, Jakob W.D. Barringer, Jasmine N. Barringer, Elizabeth A. Beach, Frankie Coriz, Kaitlyn E. Barringer; great grandchildren Amadeus Barringer-Reich and Samuel Barringer; siblings Lauran Denise Brooks, Georgia Elaine Brooks, Deborah R. Brooks, Reginald B. Brooks, Curtis J. Brooks and James (Miles) Brooks. He has many nephews, nieces and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Marie Brooks Turpin, his father, Ralph Mercy, his step-father Gabriel James Turpin, his brother Tony A. Brooks, and beloved granddaughter, Tiffany.





“Brooks” was an artist, an athlete, a warrior, a veteran, a patriot, a computer tech, a surgical tech, a chef – a life-long learner who shared his many, many talents and skills with countless people, including many, many children. He was full of joy and creativity. Life will not be as colorful without him in it and he will be greatly missed by his many family and friends.





All are invited to celebrate “Brooks” life at a Memorial Service to be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Crossroads Church, 10451 Huron Street, Denver, Colorado 80234 (104th and Huron, Northglenn). Services begin at 11:00 a.m. and a luncheon to honor Chef Brooks will be held for everyone immediately after in the Crossroads Canteen Fellowship Hall. Final internment will be at Fort Logan.

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