On the afternoon of Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Garland meekly answered the Master’s call and transitioned into a new realm of life at Riverside Regional Medical Center. He was the youngest child of James S. Brooks and Hazel Dabney Brooks, and was born on February 12, 1953, in Newport News, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two older brothers, John Brooks and James Brooks, Jr.
Garland was sensitive, observant, and eager to learn. His scholarly attributes would lead him to become salutatorian of the George Washington Carver High School class of 1971. In 1969 he was nominated to participate in the Yale University Summer High School Program.
Garland regularly attended Sunday School and was baptized at an early age at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newport News. Va., and was identified by some as having ministerial potential. He would later become a faithful member of Gethsemene Baptist Church, participating in several ministries, and was noted for his passion for Sunday School, Bible Study and active Worship participation.
He chose to pursue another path of study after high school. Garland enrolled at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in Biology (pre-med concentration). After graduating, he attended the Medical College of Virginia (VCU) for 2 years. He later enrolled at the College of William and Mary, graduating with an MBA degree in Business Administration in 1997.
He was employed by C & P Telephone Company as a Marketing Representative and a Maintenance Administrator for nine years. Later he would be employed by several pharmaceutical companies as a sales representative. After 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical sales, during which he received several special recognitions for his successful career, he retired.
Garland enjoyed playing tennis as a young adult, and for many years was an avid jogger at the Eaton School track. In retirement you could often find him at the public library reading and studying. He enjoyed attending family gatherings and events. He was a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan.
Left to cherish his memories are two sisters, Theronette Brown (Douglas), and Zona Seaborn (Wilson). He has two nephews, Adam Brooks, and Derek Seaborn; four nieces, Tonya Garland, Katrina Patterson, Lindsey Brooks, and Kristen Davis; and eight great nieces and nephews, one great-great niece, and many cousins
Garland will be sadly missed by his family, friends and church family.
Viewing for Mr. Brooks will be held from 1:00p.m. until 5:00p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc. with no more than 10 individuals at any one time.
Services for Mr Brooks will be held 11:00a.m.Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Gethsemane Baptist Church 5405 Roanoke, Ave. Newport News, VA. by Dr. Dwight Riddick. Masks are required and practice social distancing
Internment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens.
It is the desire of the Brooks family that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of Mr. Garland Allen Brooks has entrusted his final care to the staff of C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.
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