AIKEN, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mr. Robert A. Bob Bobby Brooks Jr., who entered eternal life Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers will be held at 1 pm Monday, October 14, 2013 at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 125 Pendleton St., SW, Aiken, South Carolina 29801 with Father Grant Wiseman officiant. Burial will follow in the family plot at Pine Lawn Memorial Gardens. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Bob attended Mather Academy at Camden, South Carolina and graduated from Martha Schofield High School in 1948. He then attended and graduated from Fisk University where he received a BS in Biology. He attended Columbia University and Howard University Dental School. He graduated American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, in New York as a Mortician in March, 1966. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Alicia Brayboy Brooks; his daughters Robin Justina Brooks, Ellen Brooks Bradford, and Toni Leanne Brayboy Brooks, his brother, Charles Tyler: four grandchildren, Michael Walter and Jacob Robert Bradford, Leah Brooke and BreAnne Alicia Richards. sisters-in-law, Diane Grant (Samuel) Jenkins, Sandra Brayboy, Charlese Johnson Brayboy, Sylvia M. Brayboy, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A Brooks Sr. and Ellen Jackson Brooks, his sister Grace Brooks Palmer and brother-in-law, Edmund Perry Palmer; He was the great grandson of EP Stoney, the first chairman of Aiken County Commission and the grandson of William Jackson, the founder of Jackson Brooks Funeral Home. He was employed at EI Dupont in the laboratory for several years. He was the Neighborhood Youth Corp Director at the Aiken-Edgefield Community Action Commission. He was a lifetime member and past president of the local NAACP. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Royal Aikenites. He served on numerous boards including the Democratic Party. He was an inspirational leader in the community and a pillar of strength for his family . In 1968, he took over as manager of Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home. He was instrumental in Civil Rights in Aiken during the sixties. He worked side by side with his wife, Alicia Brooks managing and assisting families throughout Aiken and the surrounding communities until she took over full managerial duties in 1993 and she will continue to provide the same dedication in his absence. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Center for African American History, Art & Culture. The family will receive friends at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home. Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 5 until 7pm. The procession will depart from the funeral home Monday at 12:10 pm. Friends may call at the residence of his daughter, Ellen(Lain) Bradford, 210 Kalmia Forest Drive. Aiken, SC 29801 (803) 514-3777 or (803) 295 9598 or Jackson Brooks Funeral Home beginning at noon.
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Oct. 11 to Oct. 12, 2013