Obituary Brooks McPhaul Pinehurst

Brooks McPhaul, of Pinehurst, NC, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 25, 2021.   She had been living happily at the Quail Haven Retirement Village in Pinehurst for several years.

Brooks was born in Hoke County, NC, to the late James DeWitt Tapp and Mabel Veasey Tapp on June 24, 1923.  Sadly she was predeceased by her beloved husband John D McPhaul in 2007 after 57 years of marriage.  Brooks enjoyed a rich and fulfilling life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many.  After studying at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, she worked in the FBI Washington, DC office during WWII and then went back to work after raising a family in the ’70s.  Braving the challenges of multiple relocations in subsequent years, she and John retired to Pinehurst in 1983.  She worshipped at the Community Presbyterian Church in Pinehurst.  “Mama Brooks’ ” greatest pleasures were spending summer vacations at Myrtle Beach with children and grandchildren, and entertaining friends in the Pinehurst community.  Her skillsets were numerous as were her hobbies:  cooking, baking, gardening, sewing and needlepoint and as a Homemaker. 

Brooks is survived by her loving children, Angus D McPhaul (Allyson) of Spartanburg, SC and Mary Brooks Hoagland (George) of Palmetto, FL.   She also leaves her cherished grandchildren:  John D McPhaul (Laura Windsor) of Richmond, VA., Justin Hoagland (Nikki) of Winter Haven, FL., Kelly Brooks McPhaul of Richmond, VA., Ashley Brooks Johnston (Forrest) of New Orleans, LA., and four precious great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She instilled the values of faith, family, and love in all that came in touch with her.

A memorial service for Brooks will be held on Friday, January 29th, 2021 at 9:00 am in Boles Funeral Home, 35 Parker Lane, Pinehurst, NC 28374.  Interment will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 1105 West Morganton Road, Southern Pines, NC

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Community Presbyterian Church, 125 Everette Rd., Pinehurst, NC  28374, or the charity of one’s choice. 

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.

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