George Talmadge Brooks, age 81, died on March 7, 2018 in Edgewater, FL. His family would like to have you join them to “Celebrate his Life”. We will be gathering on Monday, March 12th at 3pm at the Elk Lodge 820 W. Park Ave. Edgewater, Florida 3pm for the Celebration of Life Ceremony followed by light refreshments.
George was born in Hazelgreen, Kentucky, Wolfe County, son to Charles Talmadge and Lula Alice Brooks on February 12, 1937. He graduated from Vevay High School in 1955 in Vevay, IN, having lettered in three sports, Basketball, Baseball and Track.
He fell in love and married the love of his life, Reba Janice Brooks on July 30, 1960 and enjoyed 57 years of marriage currently residing in , Edgewater, FL. Over the years, they had established many loving homes and made countless friends in Franklin, Middletown & Centerville, OH, Emerald Isle, NC, and Meadows of Dan, VA. He will be truly missed by his three children, Jeffrey Scott Brooks, of Las Vegas, NV, Nicole Brooks Guenin and her husband Michael, of Duneland Beach, IN, and Dawn Denise Pauley and her husband David, of Fayetteville, NC.
“Opa” also delighted in the endeavors of his grandchildren, Kaala Brooke Guess and her husband Quentin, Kirsten Nicole Pauley, Katherine Darcy Pauley, John “Jack” Brooks Guenin, Grantland “Grant” Michael Guenin and Sloane Brooke Guenin
“GT” is also survived by his sisters Lois Chamberlain and her husband Jack, Marcella Stevens and her husband Roger, and his brother Charles Brooks, and his wife, Carlene. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, James, Billy, Oley, Jean, Gay, Edith, Inez, Opal, Ada, Lorene, Charlene.
He lived an amazing life for a boy born into a small farming town in the Midwest. Arriving home from his honeymoon, his draft papers had arrived, “inviting” him to join the Army, which he did for 2 years, departing for Texas then Germany, and returning with the mechanical expertise to repair tanks. Following his Honorable Discharge, George worked at Armco Steel for 37 years, retiring after he had evolved his role into a self created Quality Control position, that allowed him to use his talents for drawing. His love of working with wood, started by working on the farm and then building homes with his father. He built on those skills to become a master craftsman. Building cabinetry, one of kind furniture pieces, and even a motor home. He loved to create, using his artistic talents and skills to capture wildlife in woodworking, focusing on birds. He was a self-taught artist but could draw, paint, and even taught a calligraphy class. He was often called upon to create signs for all community events. His quest for knowledge and information knew no bounds, and through his reading and travel, led him to seek out more answers to the universe’s great questions about life. George didn’t fear death because of this quest, but for those he left behind, we just wish we had more time with him. He was a unique, imposing and gifted individual, his legacy can be seen and lives on in his children, grandchildren, and in all those whom his life has touched.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Habitat for Humanity International 121 Habitat Street Americus, GA 31709-3498 1-800-422-4828 Habitat.org