Christel Brooks

October 15, 1945 - January 25, 2024


Obituary For Christel Brooks

Christel Brooks, 78, was born and raised in Germany where she met her husband Johnny Lowell Brooks of 59 years who was a US Soldier. She came to the US to live a few years later where she became a US Citizen. Together they raised 3 children. She always said that was her most important job! She also became a retail manager for Burlington Brands largest clothing store.

She always had a crochet hook in her hand crocheting a blanket or scarf for family and friends. You always knew when she entered a room because she sparkled with her personality plus her bling clothes. She never met a stranger and by the time you left you were her friend. She loved Sunday mornings when you would find her on the left side in the second row in Church. If someone didn’t know that was her spot, she would kindly let you know.

She has left behind her husband Johnny Lowell Brooks Sr. and 3 children Manny Joseph Brooks (Kris), Katherine Delaine Chorba (Tim), Johnny Lowell
Brooks,Jr. (Susie); 7 Grandchildren - Kenny Ray Brooks, Ashley Marie Chorba, Brent Joseph Brooks, Jessica Katherine Chorba, Chelsea Nicole Poole, Presley Lowell Brooks, Spencer Eugene Brooks; 7 Great Grandchildren - Lane Ray Brooks, Madyson Paige Brooks, Ty Joseph Brooks, Ella Rae Brooks, Oliver Jackson Arcentales, Isabella Michelle Gracie Baker, and Elaina Presley Rose Poole.

Services will be held at Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 on Monday January 29th at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers you may donate to her favorite charity Tunnel to Towers Foundation.


29 Jan

Memorial Service

02:00 PM

Renaissance Funeral Home 7615 Six Forks Road Raleigh, NC 27615 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • February 19, 2024

    Forever missed ,forever loved dear sister

  • February 19, 2024

  • February 04, 2024

    Christel and Johnny were like parents to me because J.R was a brother to me and William Miller. I worked along side Christel for a long time to see that she was such a wonderful person. She always made me laugh and she taught me more than I could ever mention or remember. God bless you John sr., Manny, Kathy and John jr. Brooks family as our hearts are broken because she will be missed. Barry Miller

  • January 30, 2024

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend and associate Christel. Our friendship extends back to the early 1980's when we worked together at the second Burlington Brands Store in Morrisville NC. After a brief stopover in Boaz Al, Christel agreed to open and manage our largest and most successful store in Las Vegas NV. Christel mentored, trained and endured herself, to so many of her employees there that will never forget her. She performed at the highest level until her retirement. She truly was THE GOAT. The greatest of all times! Rest well in our Lords Arms dear Christel. You will always be loved and never forgotten. Kevin, Blake , Ellis

  • January 29, 2024

    Sincere condolences to the family. While I only met her once, I felt I knew her through her beautiful daughter, Kathy. Rest in peace, Christel.

  • January 27, 2024

    U left this world way too soon! It was an honor and a blessing to have every second of knowing u! U will be missed so much! Fly high my beautiful Aunt Chris!!! We will see u again!!!❤️ Ur niece Ronda Poole!!

  • January 27, 2024

    Prayers to you❤️. A great pleasure having spent time with you and Johnny along with your family at Tim's 60th. Prayers with you. Drew and Chris Chorba

  • January 27, 2024

    Sorry for your loss Love and prayers with a heavy heart Anhthy (Tee) & Jeff

  • January 27, 2024

    My dear cousin Christel Rest in peace! My thoughts are with you and your family. Your cousin Christel Greteliese

  • January 26, 2024

    Christel "never met a stranger" and she always had a smile.

  • January 26, 2024

    Dear Kathy & family, My love and prayers your way. I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. 🙏

  • January 26, 2024

    Wishing you comfort and peace at this difficult time. Michael, Nancy and Kayla Hall

  • January 26, 2024

  • January 26, 2024

    Our love and prayers Mark & Lori Plaisance


  • Cherished Friend Bouquet

    Jeffrey M Rustad sent Cherished Friend Bouquet for Christel Brooks - January 27, 2024

    To our loving friend rest in Peace Love Tee & Jeff

  • Heavenly Heights Bouquet

    Presley Brooks sent Heavenly Heights Bouquet for Christel Brooks - January 27, 2024

    Wishing you peace, love, and prayers from - Presley, Kristen, and Oliver

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