Some called him Papa. Others called him Papa Brooks.
"I'm sitting on the couch on the corner where daddy spent his time," said Brenda Brooks Rogers, daughter to William Brooks Sr. “To live almost 96 years, we had a lot of love and guidance and direction."
Brooks was the patriarch of eight kids, 21 grandkids and three dozen great-grandchildren. His was a life worth capturing.
A book bound by Live Oak Legacies, a company that compiles family narratives, was printed in his honor.
"It's all in his words," said Kathryn Gonzales, of Live Oak Legacies.
His words woven together to tell his life story.
"He had seen drafts of it and he said please promise me that everyone will get to see this," Gonzales said.
The story is about family, war, the civil rights movement and segregation. Brooks worked hard to provide for his children eventually moving them to their East Austin home.
Brooks lived on Deloney Street for more than 50 years. Even though no one lives there now, Brooks’ children want to keep the home in the family.
"This is where the family gathers because this is where everyone feels connected to mother and daddy," Brooks Rogers said.
The book is more than a memento. It’s an inspiration, she says.
"It lets you know, that no matter where you come from and no matter what you've had in life, you can still be somebody," Brooks Rogers said.
You can read Rogers’ story here: