Douglas C. Brookings Obituary, Death – Jessie Churchill Brookings and Bertie Lee (Arinwine) Brookings welcomed their son, Douglas Churchill Brookings, on February 20, 1953. He was their first child. He was their only child together as a couple. Douglas was born and reared in Oklahoma City, where he also attended Northeast High School. Later on, he transferred to St. Johns Academy in Winfield, Kansas, where he completed his secondary education and graduated with the Class of 1971.
In addition to baseball, basketball, soccer, and track, he was an outstanding star athlete in all of these sports. While attending Langston University, Douglas resumed his athletic career by playing baseball there. Aretas “Sugar Lump” (Davis) Brookings, who would later become his wife, was one of his classmates at Langston.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Langston University, he started a career in public service by taking a position as an Assistant Director with the Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City. After that, he worked as a Social Worker for the Department of Human Services for a period of four years, and then he served as a Juvenile Probation and Parole officer for the Office of Juvenile Affairs for a period of over twenty years. He had a constructive influence on the lives of a great number of individuals, including at-risk children and their families.
Shbrone and Tabitha Brookings are the couple’s two children. Douglas and Aretas had two children. His children were the bright spots in his life. In addition to being a devoted parent, he was a Christian, had been ordained as a preacher, and was a member of the Faith, Hope, and Love Missionary Baptist Church, which is led by his best friend and companion throughout his entire life, Wayne Dallas. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of golf and soccer. Douglas had a special interest in giving advice and direction to his offspring, his grandchildren, and anyone else who could use some direction from the sidelines. In his senior years, he spent a lot of time reading biblical literature, sitting on the couch, and watching documentaries as well as athletic events. He also had a lot of time for both.
Douglas is survived by his two children, Shbrone and Tabitha; one daughter-in-law, Jami; eight grandchildren, Jasmine, Malia, Syd, Nathan, Sarah, Brighten, Ka’Niya, and Khalil; one granddaughter-in-law, Mahala; one great-grandchild, Hazel; and three cousins, Donnie, Alice, and Lilly, as well as the entire Davis family from Muskogee, Oklahoma. He had a deep love for his family and devotion to his Lord, and he was an inspiration to those who had the privilege of getting to know him. His absence will be felt, but he will not be forgotten.