Norma Jean “Tootsie” Cosby Brooks, age 74, of New Tazewell, TN, was born November 26, 1942 to the late Rev. Tilmon and Mary Lee Brittain Cosby, and passed away October 29, 2017 at the Claiborne Co. Medical Center.

Jean was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church. She worked several years as a secretary for the Local 99 International Union of Operating Engineers in Washington D.C. She was also the manager of Pearson’s Drug Store for several years, also in Washington D.C. Jean was well known for her famous yeast rolls, in fact, they were requested many times for the Tazewell – New Tazewell City Hall Thanksgiving. She always had a story to tell about her childhood. She loved children so very much she often said when she died and went to Heaven she would be helping to take care of babies. Jean also donated hundreds of books yearly to the Claiborne County Library.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence G. Brooks Sr., brothers, Troy, Coy, Denvil, Ronnie, and Jimmy Cosby, and sisters, Patricia, Maxine, and Wanda Cosby, and Faye Ellison.

She is survived by the following members of her family, daughter Donna Jean and son Lawrence (Larry) Brooks Jr., grandchildren, Anthony Brooks, Brandy Ball, Lawrence (Larry) Brooks III, Rachel Brooks, Reva Lewis, William Brooks, Michael Thomas, and Kayla Brooks, great-grandchildren, Courtney Faye Leabow Brooks, Emma Gayle Brooks, Kenton Alexander Brooks, Lawrence (Lawson) Brooks IV, Emily Grace Fee, Malcom Lewis, and Serenity Brooks, brothers, Rev. David Cosby, Terry Cosby, Rev. Dennis Cosby, Danny Cosby, and Darrell Cosby, sisters, Marie Shephard, and Brenda Litteral, brother-in-law Tony Brooks, sister-in-laws Edith Smith, Nadio Brooks, and Inez Davis.

And a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Reggie Large presiding.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Burchett Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Brooks, Larry Brooks, William Brooks, Joe Vasby, Doug Bolden, and Houston Ellison.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements.


  1. My aunt, was a unique individual. She and I had our ups and downs but I loved her with all my heart. She was loved dearly by my Mama, (her Sister Wanda). Now they are together in Heaven. Reunited to hurt no more. But they will continue to live thru us for they are forever in our hearts.
    My heart goes out to Donna, Anthony, Brandi, Courney, Uncle Bub(Larry, Jr.), Kayla, William, and all whom I forgot to mention. I love you all with all my heart. And always remember that. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Miss Jean, You and your family are part of my childhood memories. Living right next door. And 40 years later reconnecting on social media. May you rest in peace. Prayers and love for the family.

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