Ernest Brooks, 79, a longtime resident of Chattanooga, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.Ernest was born in Crossville, Ala., the son of the late William and Vada Brooks. He was a veteran having served in the United States Navy. Mr. Brooks was a Master Plumber and Electrician having retired from SCT Yarns. He was of the Baptist faith.Preceded in death by seven brothers, Jewell, L.C., Junior, Gilbert, Marvin, Floyd and Jim; sister, Cleo Snow; granddaughter, Christy Gail Burr.Survived by loving wife of 38 years, Emma Brooks, of Chattanooga; son, Earl (Vicki) Brooks, of East Ridge; two stepdaughters, Sharon (Allen) Buquo, of Chattanooga and Lynda (Ernie) Brown, of Chattanooga; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; brother, Walter (Christine) Brooks, of Valley Head, Ala.Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Nix officiating.Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends today, Oct. 3, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory & Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.