John Larry Brooks

john brooks

September 23, 1964 ~ March 29, 2024

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

John Larry Brooks was born on September 23, 1964, in Asheville, NC, to Larry and Gerry Brooks.

John passed away at age 59 on March 29, 2024. He was a passenger in a car accident which killed his father. John survived for a week afterwards in the ICU with surgeries and all measures to save his life, but his injuries were too severe.

He graduated from Enka High School in 1983 and then attended Haywood Technical College. He graduated in 1986 from Haywood Tech where he studied auto mechanics and auto body repair. John loved working on cars and worked for the next 10 years at Bump and Paint Body Shop.

This shop closed and John then worked at Borg Warner for the next 16 years until he injured his back. John continued his passion for cars by working to restore a 1929 Model A Ford.

John also loved animals, especially his dog Brandy who has been his constant companion for the past 9 years. John baked cookies and made jerky for Brandy.
John was an excellent cook and shared his talent with others by creating wonderful pies, cakes, and other treats.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerry Brooks who passed away in 2015, and Larry Brooks who passed away on March 21, 2024.

He is survived by his sister, Jodene “Jodi” Kortman and husband Michael, of Birmingham, AL; nieces, Ashlyn Kortman Peacock (Jacob) and Lauryn Denise Kortman; and uncle, Robert Wayne Brooks, of Williamston, NC.

John’s family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at Hominy Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will then take place at Green Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in memory of John to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28814.


Visitation: April 6, 2024 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Service: April 6, 2024 2:00 pm

Hominy Baptist Church
135 Candler School Road
Candler, NC 28715


Burial: April 6, 2024 3:15 pm

Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. I’ve known John many years, and always knew him to be kind and gentle. Though he had such a tragic end, I am grateful for our friendship. Until we meet again on that great day…

  2. I was shocked to hear about my Buddy John. I worked at Borg Warner and I used to give him a ride to and from when I could. John was a great guy. I got to know his mom and dad, never met his sister but he talked about her often. I would run into him at the store or somewhere. My prayers and thoughts are with the family during this difficult time. Rip Buddy

  3. John will be sorely missed. He was a student of mine at HCC. I have known him since 1979. He worked for me at Fletcher Chevrolet BMW body shop. Most importantly, John was my friend. Go rest high, John.

  4. I graduated from high school with John. He was a sweet friend. He will be missed. Last time I saw him was about 4 years ago. He had fair tickets and couldnt go so he gave them to me. Praying for the family.

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