Dear George and Tim:
My deepest sympathy's to you and your family with the passing of Mark. I just found this as I reminisced of our friendship in Illinois. I have missed you all since you left in 1978, especially you George. I loved Mark and was happy to read of a life so fulfilled with great accomplishment. The Brooks family from Mr. George Brooks Senior to George, Mark, and Tim touched my life in such a positive way. The Lord is good and his mercy endures forever. Mark is in a great place with joy and peace surrounding him now in God our Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am saddened to hear that Mark has passed. God Bless you and your family, Mark. My condolences and prayers to Timmy and George ~(I went to Cordova High with you both).
My sympathy and prayers goes out to the entire brooks family. I will always remember Mark as a kind, concerned loving person I will miss his friendly greetings, whenever I visited North Carolina.
Mark will be truly missed here in Wilkes County, North Carolina. There was not a day when you saw him that he didn't give you a very warm greeting. I was his cousin, but he told everyone I was his Aunt. Mark was so kind to me and to other elderly people. When he worked for you his made sure it was done well. He could not do enough for you, if you needed help of any kind, he was there. I truly enjoyed talking with him, for he was knowledgeable about many things and I loved to hear him talk.. Mark has been bless to join his Dad George, Mother Dell, Brother Larry, Grandmother Venie and Uncle Fred, all in heaven. Rest in peace.
It was an honor to have known Mark in our Senior year at Cordova High School, and to be able to run along side by side as team mates in track & field. May God bless you and hold you in his arms. Your flying with the angels. My condolences to the Brooks family.
I am so sorry to here about Mark I remember Mark and Tim from school I feel so bless to have know mark my condolences to the family
I went to Cordova with Mark, Tim, and George. Quality people, all three! Prayers for those left behind.
I had the pleasure of attending Cordova High School with Mark. He was a good man taken well before his time. My condolences to the family.
I am truly sorry for your loss. I met Mark and Tim in my first year of high school in 1979, they were seniors and I was a sophomore. These guys were a class act and very respected. Through the years I would run into them here and there and It was always a pleasure. One time I even saw Mark on the evening news jumping a fence chasing someone when he was with Sac PD. and I know he caught him! About three weeks ago I saw Mark when I was leaving a Mexican restaurant and he spoke to me in Spanish without knowing who I was, he was so smooth and fluent. I speak spanish with my mom almost everyday and Mark was amazing. When I told him who I was he picked me up and gave me one of those hugs that will never be forgotten, he always made you feel loved, he was a true and sincere deep down guy, I feel so blessed to have known him and again Tim and family I am so sorry for your loss, God must have needed him.
I'm sorry I wasn't aware of Mark's memorial until yesterday. Mark and Tim were two of my favorite people from Cordova High School. I thoroughly enjoyed being your friend. I have nothing but respect and love for you. I was close to Mark and Tim for a couple years at the end of high school and also knew George a bit from math class (I never met Clarence but the brothers spoke about him much). You three are at the top of my list of people I've known. I remember slap fighting and wrestling with Mark (and usually Tim) and being humbled. I enjoyed your sense of humor and friendship. Cordova High School from our time produced many great people in many ways. The Brooks Brothers are way up there in my book, truly capable of anything, very smart, very strong, very fast. We all have ups and downs in life, good times and bad. It was certainly a good thing being your friend and knowing you. I wish the Brooks family well. I have tears in my eyes as I write this but also a broad smile thinking about the good times I had with you and Tim.
So very sorry to hear about Mark's passing. My condolences to his children as well as his whole family. Mark was a good man
I had the honor and privilege of working with Mark as a police officer in South Sacramento. Whenever I needed someone that I could count on to watch my back, Mark was on the top of my list to go to. I trusted my life with him without hesitation. He was a solid cop. Mark was a warm soul. He had a great sense of humor and above all a HEART OF GOLD. I'm sorry we lost touch bro. You will always occupy a warm spot in my heart and in my memories. I know that you are in a better place now and at peace. I'll miss you my brother.
Will miss you my Brother! May you rest in peace and may your family continue on with your great legacy! Have always truly enjoyed the Brooks family, as our blended family appreciated the love and support you provided my daughter, Jazmin Hopkins, when I wasn't able too. You were always respectful, thoughtful, full of life and laughter and those and other qualities I will miss, until we meet again! To the entire Brooks family, let me know if I can be of any assistance, as I had the pleasure of knowing all of Marks wonderful children, as they grew up with my daughter, Jazmin. Wish I knew of the funeral and burial earlier in order to pay my full respects to Mark Senior and the entire Brooks family. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to meet up soon!? Much love, respect, grace and mercy to the entire family for this great loss.
Reading through some of the thoughtful messages left before me; it warms my heart to know I had the gift of being a part of the Brooks family growing up. Mark Sr. was my father, even though not by blood, and I felt his love and care as he always had a ready lap and an open ear to listen to us kids whenever we needed him. He loved us kids, with an endless, enduring love, that will last beyond life-times, and should be kept alive in our family traditions as we move forward continuing to build our families and the legacies they will leave. I can't express my disbelief and greater disappointment within myself for not being there, but EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF MY HEART AND MY LOVE GOES OUT TO SACRAMENTO TODAY, and I know all of the familiar faces being brought together again, WOULD MAKE MARK SO EXTREMELY PROUD AND HAPPY. TO MY BROTHERS; MARK, I'M SO SORRY NOT BE THERE WITH YOU IN THIS TIME. Believe me, my eyes have not, and will not be dry for days. I LOVE YOU MORE THEN WORDS CAN EXPLAIN, and I know you will help to CARRY ON THE "BROOKS" NAME WITH GREAT PRIDE AND DIGNITY; and TELL YOUR FATHERS STORY TO KEEP HIS SPIRIT ALIVE. DERRICK, THANK YOU for helping to protect me, and shield me from some of the outer dangers we all faced and endured growing up. You were the BESTEST BIG BROTHER, even if not by blood. I LOOKED UP TO YOU, AND KNEW YOU WOULD ALWAYS BE THERE ANYTIME I NEEDED. TERRY, I think we were most alike out of the bunch, KINDA QUIET, BUT ALL UP IN THE MIX ;-) You're easy to talk to, and very understanding. I APPRECIATE YOU JUST LISTENING, and the extended offer of your home to attend the funeral. TO THE REST OF THE FAMILY; Pam, George, Tim, Andrea and Brittany, and all the cousins, aunts and uncles i missed - I KNOW WE ALL FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE KNOWN MARK ANTHONY BROOKS SENIOR. To know him was to love him. As we move forward in our lives, MAY WE NEVER "EVER" FORGET HIM, BUT HELP TO KEEP ALIVE HIS SPIRIT, in great stories and pictures to pass along down the generations YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED MARK ANTHONY BROOKS SENIOR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LESSONS AND YOUR LOVE. I WILL NEVER EVER FORGET YOU <3
To the family of Mark Brooks:
May God continue to comfort you and provide for you. Bro Mark was a dedicated member of Rickard's Chapel AME Zion Church in Wilkesboro NC. His spirit and willingness to support the ministries of the church will be missed. Bro Mark always had an encouraging word for us and a testimony of praise. May God bless each of you.
I wish I could be in Sacramento right now as my West coast family prepares to say good bye to my Cousin Mark Brooks?. His infectious smile, his willingness to help others (friends or family), even discussing some of his accomplishments and even downfalls. After the many years of not seeing him he was always a topic of conversation when some of my cousins and I were together. It was always the Brooks 3 and their infamous afros. Well Mark I am sure you know that everything you did for my Grandmother your Aunt Louise was greatly appreciated and I thank you again. Cousin I will always miss you but I will never forget you!
To the family of Mark A. Brooks. I met your father/brother several years ago and we have been friends ever since. He was very proud of his 3 sons and he praised his brothers. George for being a computer expert and Tim for his boxing gym and training young men to help keep them off the streets. Mark loved his North Carolina family very much, especially his Grandmother Venie Brooks, who lived to be 99 1/2 years old. Remember Derrick, Terry, Mark Jr, George, Clarence (Erma) and Tim (Teri), that Mark loved all of you, just keep the faith, hope & love for each other.
Dear Calif. Family, I so miss Mark. He would come over every morning with two containers of coffee, dripping a path of coffee from his house nex door to my home; eager to discuss HLN. He loved Robin Meade and never missed her unless Uncle Fred had an early doctor's appointment. Eventually he would get around to telling me another story about pranks he and Tim would pull as kids or boasting about his sons. He really kept Fred's house spotless and helped me around my house. Helping other people seemed to be his mission in life. His kindness will never be forgoten by the folks in our small town community.His church family misses him. We all miss his daily walks down the main road calling out greetings and waving on his way to the library or to the Village Market to "shoot the breeze' with the guys.People respected him for his dedication in helping care for his 100 year old grandmother and his 82 year old uncle. Their deaths so close together really shook him up. We were expecting him to return to play Santa at the family reunion celebration of Christmas in July. You are blessed to have had such a caring and loving father and brother. It may be years before you realize his true love for you; but many people here know because he told everyone how much he missed being with you guys. Our feelings of loss is great. Love, Aunt Evonne
Mark we love you and miss you very much!
Bennett and Karen
Mark was a very kind and gentle soul. He always had a warm smile. He will be missed at the Wilkes County Public library.
To the family of Mr.Marks Brooks I have known this family for a very long time, and I to shall miss him and all the the joy he could bring when he stepped into a room. The lesson's he taught others about life. Even when times got rough for him he had never forgot his family because, Mark had character some people don't have that gift but he did. And Mark knew the Lord and you can fill that present's when he was around.So now Marks is resting, and is in the arms of his Lord and his family . I am deeply sorry for your loss. But never forget the stregth he has left each and every one
I attended Cordova High School with Mark. He was a genuinely kind soul who has been taken far to soon! My deepest condolences to the family.
I worked with Mark in Sacramento. He had a heart of gold and will be missed.
Mark had such a kind, loving, helpful, and compassionate spirit. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. Aunt Constance in Chicago sends love to the family
I only knew Mark for a few years but in all the time that I knew him, I was always greeted with the most warm and sincere hug a person could ever receive. I will forever miss you Mark. Heaven is a bit brighter with you in it.
I shall always remember your genuine smile for all and your care for members of your family, especially your grandmother Venie and your Uncle Fred. Surely the last years of their lives were better for the love and care you gave them. Also, Gabriel had the best friend and surrogate father he could have. I personally thank you for the care you gave to your Aunt Evonne who you understoond often better than most of those around her. Like everyone else who was around you these last years, you were appreciated and will be missed. God gives us a lot of love and you shared yours with family and others who shared your space on the planet. Rest in peace my brother. You served us all well.
Mark, While in Wilkesboro, NC was a mentor to his cousin, Gabriel Ryce and I met him when he would bring/pickup Gabriel at the Boy Scout meetings. He was a very dedicated and caring friend of Gabriel's and of mine. As Assistant Scoutmaster, I appreciated how much he supported and mentored Gabriel. His positive attitude and encouragement of Gabriel was a major factor in Gabriel finishing his Eagle project. I am so saddened that Mark cannot be here for Gabriel's Eagle Presentation. Mark was a great friend of Fred Raglin and was so kind and helpful to Fred in his declining health. Mark may have been a featherweight champion in Japan but in my book, Mark was a heavyweight. Thomas Vannoy, Asst Scoutmaster Troop 335, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Derrick,Terry,Mark Jr,Clarence, George and Tim, I am going to miss Mark so much. He ran the best landscape service in Wilkesboro. Money meant little to him for doing work for old people like me. I'm 90. He would cut my grass, stop by most days to see if I needed anything done. He was so caring. I speak for a lot of us, He was one of a kind.
To the family and friends of Mark. We always looked forward to seeing Mark at reunions and other events which called for the getting together of family and friends. He was a warm and wonderful person and we always enjoyed talking and laughing with him. He will be greatly missed.
All his cousins from Nottingham,PA
Mark was my best friend in the entire world. He taught me how to be a true man and I will always respect and remember him. He will be missed by his friends, my friends, and everyone who knows him. He has worked hard in his life and I would say he is the better man. He had his moments and had some troubles, but he has always gotten through them.
It's was crazy to learn of Cousin Mark's passing I still remember this picture the day this picture was taken and the last day that I saw you, you were a great person to talk to and really understood me during the discrepancies in my own judgment but could also keep me and my friends cracking up you brought a light in a dark room that will not be forgotten Rest in Paradise cuzzo.
To the family of Mark Anthony Brooks, he will be missed. He was a kind, caring, loving person. Mark just wanted to be needed and loved in this world by all. He loved his 3 sons; Derrick, Terry & Mark Jr. and his 3 brothers; George, Tim & Clarence, his Aunt Evonne, Uncle Clyde, cousin Gabriel and Aunt Jerri. His friends and family in Wilkesboro, N.C., will truly miss his smile, laughter and his many conversations that he had with everyone that would talk with him. We all loved Mark. God be with him.