Dr. Michael Lee Brooks, 66, returned to his heavenly home on May 1, 2017. His devotion to his family and his faith motivated him throughout his life.
Dr. Michael was born on November 24, 1950 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Dr. Martin Luther Brooks and Ms. Joanne Young Brooks, a physician and a nurse respectively. He graduated from Carolina Military Academy (Valedictorian), University of North Carolina at Pembroke (BS Biology), and Bowman Gray Medical School. Michael was licensed in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Michael loved MUSIC! He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing and listening to all types of music ranging from classical to classic rock and roll. He was also very knowledgeable of contemporary genres and musicians.
His passion was research and teaching which he had just begun to pursue. He began his literary endeavors by writing a book about the history of the Lumbee people and was in the process of writing a fictional novel. This coupled with his love of languages broadened his compassion for all mankind
Dr. Michael was a lover of life. He was gentle, kind, soft-spoken, and always had time to stop and talk. He had an uncanny wit, his comedic nature spread smiles to his family, friends and patients. Many people in the community have been blessed by his voice in song, and his preaching.
He is dearly missed by his loved ones who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his Creator.
Dr. Michael is survived by the mother of his children Becky McGirt Brooks; daughter Becky Brooks Clark and sons Martin E. Brooks and Edgar B. Brooks; his parents, Dr. Martin Luther Brooks and Ms. Joanne Young Brooks, his grandchildren Mikayla Honor Hunt, Justin Hunt, Austin Brooks, Madison Clark, Kyleigh Clark, Michael Clark and David Clark; his brother Matthew L. Brooks; his sisters Laurie Godwin, Kathy Strickland, Mary Jane Nyswonger, Amy Read and “adopted” sister Beth Vogler; a multitude of nieces and nephews, as well as grandnieces and grandnephews. He is preceded in death by his daughter Nicolette Rochelle Brooks Hunt, his nephews Peyton Strickland and Logan Brooks.
The visitation will be held on Thursday May 4, 5-8 pm at Berea Baptist Church, 120 North Odum Street, Pembroke, NC. On Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2 pm a funeral service and interment will be held at Berea Baptist Church, 120 North Odum Street, Pembroke, NC. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following:
1. The Prevention Project (http://www.prevention-project.org/home/take-action/donate/) or
2. International Academy of Trial Lawyers Coalition Against Human Trafficking ( Address IATL 5841 Cedar Lake Road, Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55416)
3. Southeastern Health Heart Center