Allen Floyd Brooks was born in Tyler on April 30, 1922, to Charles Joab and Minnie Lee Brooks, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Lloyd, brothers, Billy Jack, Harold and Wayne; and sister Marjorie.
Floyd grew up in Tyler and in his early childhood he had a love for baseball, and he and his brothers spent summers playing ball at the old Trojan Park. He later played softball at Fun Forest and baseball in the Tyler area. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1939. After graduation, he went to work for the Cotton Belt Railroad in the store department alongside his dad.
Floyd enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
in 1942 and served in the Pacific Theatre at Midway. After discharge from the Marines in 1945, he returned to Tyler and to his job at the railroad where he had a long and successful career. In 1963, he was transferred to Pine Bluff, Ark., as Assistant Superintendent of Transportation, and in 1965 his department was merged with Southern Pacific and he moved to Houston. He returned to Tyler in 1976 as General Agent and later served as Division Agent in Dallas overseeing the merger of the Cotton Belt-Southern Pacific-Rock Island freight offices. He retired in 1982 after 42 years with the railroad. Floyd often made the comment that he had never filled out a job application.
Mr. Brooks was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Conroe and the Beacon Sunday school class. He was a member of the William Foster Masonic Lodge No. 312 in Frankston. He served on the official board at Frankston Methodist Church, and was a Boy Scout counselor at Westbury United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Governors at April Sound Country Club. He was a member of the Men's golf association at April Sound where he enjoyed many rounds of golf with his buddies. He was a skilled carpenter and even built his own home. Floyd was very creative with his hobby of stained glass projects and his art work hangs in many homes in April Sound.
A devoted family man, he and his wife, Wanda, spent much time with their two grandchildren after retirement. They also had many memorable train trips across America, Canada and Mexico. A highlight for him was to go on the first trip of the Lone Star Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, and his son, Al and wife Patti, of Houston; granddaughter, Dr. Hillary Barra and husband Kevin, of College Station; grandson, Tyler Brooks, of Houston; great-granddaughter, Peyton; and great-grandsons, Micah and Jesse Barra. He also leaves sisters-in-law, Barbara McDougal, Joyce Pettit and husband Bob, all of Tyler; brother-in-law, Travis Martin and wife, Becky, of Spring; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Metcalf Funeral Directors. The Memorial service will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Conroe. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Conroe, Conroe Boy Scouts of America, or the Wounded Warrior Project.