Brooks Cecil Cely, 78, of 104 Muirfield Drive, died May 20, 1996, at his home. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and retired from the Corps as a Sergeant Major after 27 years. During his tenure he served on the USS Arkansas and participated in five different battles in the South Pacific. After his military career, he joined his brothers in the operation of Cely Construction Co. in Greenville until his retirement.
He was a member of Easley First Baptist Church, the Coley Cleveland Sunday School Class and the Easley Lions Club.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Ellison Cely of the home; a step-daughter, Ellison Carriker Jones of Silver Spring, Md., two brothers, Charles Cely and Raymond E. Cely both of Greenville; and a sister, Marion C. Tucker of Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 E. First Ave., Easley, SC 29640. Services: 4 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home with burial in Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation: 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.