Rev. Dr. J. Brooks Major, 93, of Beverly, died at 11 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2021, at his residence.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Liberty Christian Church with the Rev. Paul Ganther and the Rev. Rachel Ganther officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from noon until the service hour at Liberty Christian Church. Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

A native of Beverly, he was born September 1, 1928, the son of the late Robert Howard Major, Sr. and Harriett Steger Major. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Austin Peay State University and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from Vanderbilt University.

Rev. Dr. J. Brooks Major was a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 1948 until his retirement in 1993. He served various churches including Liberty, Rich, Millbrooke, Crofton, Roaring Springs, and Elkton. He retired from the ministry from his home church of Liberty Christian where he was still a member.

He was a member of the first faculty of the University of Kentucky — Hopkinsville Community College in 1965. He served as a Professor of History and Associate Director for Academic Affairs. He served a number of terms as Chairman of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Library Board and was a member of the board when the present facility was built. He was a longtime member and past president of the Athenaeum Society and the Christian County Historical Society.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Martha Hutchison Major; his son, Robert Boyd Major; his daughter in law, Ruby Major; and his granddaughter, Denise Major Sowell.

Survivors include his brother, Howard Major of Oxford, Kan.; his grandson, Bobby (Andrea) Major of Hopkinsville; his granddaughter, Michele (Kinney) Adkins of Beverly; his seven great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Pennyroyal Hospice 220 Burley Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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