A service for Pastor Esau Brooks, who passed away last month at his home in Breakers, will be held on Sunday.
Pastor Brooks, affectionately known as “Bro Brooks,” was a minister in Cayman and in Honduras, and also regularly preached in the United States.
His family said he passed away peacefully at his home in Breakers, Bodden Town, on Aug. 18. He was 82.
He had lived in Breakers for more than 50 years. At the time of his death, he was the resident pastor at the Breakers Church of God, a post he had held for more than 20 years, succeeding Pastor Luke Forbes of Savannah.
Pastor Brooks was born in Roatan, Honduras and started preaching when he was just 17 years old.
He arrived in the Cayman Islands for the first time in December 1951, having been invited by a church to preach the gospel here.
He met his wife Elizabeth “Queenie” Powell-Brooks in Cayman in February 1952, and they were married in January 1955.
After the wedding, Pastor Brooks and his wife initially resided in Roatan. When their children became of school age, they moved back to the Cayman Islands. As a missionary, Pastor Brooks and his wife traveled extensively and regularly went to Honduras and the U.S. to attend and preach at revivals and camp meetings.
During his visits to Honduras, Pastor Brooks was involved in many civic and community projects and was instrumental in setting up the first bilingual school there.
In acknowledgement of his involvement with and assistance to Roatan and the other Bay Islands over the years, a request was made by officials and church members in Honduras for his body to be taken there so that a service could be held to celebrate his life. His body was flown there on Sept. 8, accompanied by members of his family and friends, and a service in his honor was held to acknowledge the man who had made a difference not only in the lives of the people there, but also here.
Thousands attended the Service and viewed the body. There was also a short commemoration ceremony at the Government House, where the flag flew at half–staff, tributes were given in his honor, and his wife was presented with a plaque.
“It turned out to be an extremely emotional service, with a huge outpouring of love for my dad, the highlight of which was former President Leonardo Callejas ceremoniously draping the Honduran Flag over the casket,” said Sheridan Brooks-Hurst, one of Pastor Brooks’s daughters.
After the service and the viewing, the body was returned to the Cayman Islands on the same day in preparation for funeral services in Grand Cayman on Sunday. Interment will be at the Pease Bay Cemetery.
In addition to Sheridan Brooks-Hurst, Pastor Brooks and his wife have four other children: Arlond Brooks, Sharon Brooks-Wyckoff, Wilma Brooks-Nelson and Edric Brooks.