Roland David Brooks Jr., age 78, of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
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A native of Jackson County, Mr. Brooks was the son of the late Roland Brooks Sr. and Sadie Park McDonald. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his best friend, and wife of 42 years, Peggy Joyce Patton Brooks, as well as a son, Johnny Brooks.
The voice of Roland Brooks was known across the state of Georgia and the Southeast for his early morning (5 a.m.) farm and garden reports that aired on WSB radio and other stations across the state of Georgia, as part of his job with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. He took part in over 10,500 broadcasts spanning a 30-year, award-winning career through the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, until his retirement in 1990.
Over 2000 Georgia 4-H Club members had the pleasure of being interviewed by him over the years, many from the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. He was the first co-recipient of the D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Extension, in 1983. He received numerous ACE awards for communication excellence throughout his career, including the ACE Award of Excellence in 1982 and the ACE Professional Award in 1987. He also received five Associated Press Awards for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism, 36 National and International Awards from Agricultural Communicators in Education, and was named Assistant Professor Emeritus of Agriculture in 1991.
After retirement, Mr. Brooks stayed connected to UGA by volunteering with alumni groups, being an avid follower and supporter of all UGA athletic programs, and volunteering at UGA Health Services for 13 years, in addition to being an active member of the First Baptist Church of Athens.
Survivors include two sons: David Brooks, of Athens, and Tommy Brooks, of Winder; seven grandchildren: Bo Brooks, Brad Taylor, Elizabeth, Erica, and Abigail Brooks, Elizabeth Manz, and Brandi Sheppard; and six great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Bernstein Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22, at the First Baptist Church of Athens, with the Rev. Paul Baxley officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.
Jamey Wilkes, Ronny Davis, Bert Hill, Wilson Denney, Brad Lastinger, and Al Henderson will serve as pallbearers.
Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.
Bernstein Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Athens, is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Mar. 21, 2013