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Thurston L. 'Buck' Brooks, Jr., age 91 of Gainesville passed away Friday, March 24, 2017. He was born February 10, 1926 in St. Augustine, Florida to Thurston L. and Doris Poole Brooks, Sr. Buck, proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Army as a radio operator in the Philippines. Buck enjoyed photography. He loved Bar B Queing, NASCAR, sharing martinis with friends, traveling with his wife Ann and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Buck was very devoted to his family and his faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Lois Ann Brooks.
He is survived by his children, Lynn Mathis (Richard), Thurston 'Skip' Brooks, III (Mudah), Robert 'Bob' Brooks (Peggy), Thomas 'Tom' Brooks (Katie) and Mary Poovey; sister, Carole McCoy; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Buck's Life will be held Monday, April 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., in Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 9700 West Newberry Road, with Rev. Alan Struckmeyer, Rev. John David Bryant and Rev. Mike Lazano officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, April 2, 2017, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with military honors. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, St. Labre Indian School in Montana or Shriner's Hospital for Children. Please visit Buck's memorial page at

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2017.
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April 2, 2017
Lynn and the rest of the Brooks family;

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Brooks.
I cleaned his and Ann's house for years right up until they moved into the villages and then I did the final cleaning after they moved out.
Ann and Mr. Brooks were like my other parents. I have such fond memories of the both of them that I will cherish for the rest of my days.
The love that this couple shared was so great and we should all aspire to have this kind of love. I know they are together in each other's arms again in heaven.
I pray that each of you find comfort in knowing they are together again in heaven and pain free and watching over all of you!
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers .
Sherry Stroble-Thomas
April 1, 2017
When I first met Buck 17 years ago, I remember how he had me laughing so hard. He was a character. My condolences to his family.
Jess Herman
April 1, 2017
'Buck' will be missed. His cheerful greeting shouted across the area at The Village was always a welcome sign of his courage and good will.
Frances Carroll
March 30, 2017
I just wanted to say how sorry I am hearing about Thurston's passing. I will keep you all in my prayers! Julie
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