Michael Brooks

Michael Garvin Brooks

CHARLOTTE - Michael Garvin Brooks, of Charlotte, passed away quietly at home on Jan 18, 2012.

Born July 9, 1958, in Spencer, Mr. Brooks was the last of six children born to Grace G. Brooks. He attended Shallotte High School from 1975-1978. Mr. Brooks attended a Georgia community college and acquired two honorary degrees.

He was a member of the International Freelance Photographers Organization and was inducted in their Photographers Hall of Fame Directory. In some regions he was better known by the nickname Moondog or Sarge.

Mr. Brooks is survived by his mother, Grace; a brother, three sisters; his partner, Barry Holcomb; a nephew; a niece; and a godson. His constant companions were two loving dogs, Furba and Deedee, whom he referred to as his children.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Michael worked briefly for Food Lion in Salisbury before relocating to Atlanta, Ga.. Mr. Brooks worked with David "Gene" O'pry operating a Christmas tree farm in Ellenwood, Ga. In 1989 they moved to Shallotte and became the caretakers of Brick Landing and Mariner's Wacche. In addition, Mr. Brooks worked part time at For Plants Nursery and Riptide Video.

Mr. Brooks was a skilled photographer and supplied occasional photos to The Beacon. His photos captured nature and wildlife throughout Brunswick County.

Michael Brooks was a pioneer in the creation of 3D texture maps and brokered for several companies. He was known for his generosity, sharing computers and cameras with artists in need. In 2000, Mr. Brooks relocated to Charlotte but often visited the community he loved most - Shallotte Point.

Service: A memorial service will be held at Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28269-8510, phone 704-599-9810.

You can read specifics of time and date of this service at the Heritage Funeral Home website: www.heritagefuneral.net

Michael Brooks was an unusual character, and befitting his personality, he will be remembered in a Crossing Over Party rather than a somber service. Casual attire is suggested: tie-dye shirts, concert T's or love beads would all meet with his approval.

Everyone attending is requested to bring a camera equipped with a flash.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to one of the following:

- Michael G. Brooks Educational Scholarship Fund, Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd., P.O. Box 481285, Charlotte, NC 8268-5327, phone 704-599-9810

- The Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203, phone 704-377-0534

- Epilepsy Foundation of NC, 1920 W. First St., Suite 5541A, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

Now in heaven, Mr. Brooks may be discussing new song lyrics with John Lennon, requesting of God a solar system for an art studio, or arguing the finer points of the Civil Rights Movement with historians. Angels and saints will likely witness a commotion when Mr. Brooks removes bricks from the streets of gold and hurls them at politicians' mansions.

You can read more about Michael Brooks and view examples of his art and photos at www.MGBrooks WORKS.com.

Heritage Funeral Home-Weddington Chapel is handling all arrangements.

Funeral Home

Weddington/Matthews Chapel - Matthews
3700 Forest Lawn Drive  Matthews, NC 28104

Published in Salisbury Post on Jan. 20, 2012