Walter Mack Brooks Jr., 87, of Waldrop Assisted Living, 89 Burnt Hickory Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Redmond Park Hospital, Rome.
Mr. Brooks, “Junior,” was born in Folsom, Bartow County, son of the late Walter Mack Brooks and Maggie Redd Brooks. Walter was retired, but was an entrepreneur who co-owned Brooks and Tatum Heating and Cooling. Brooks also sold and repaired the first TVs in Cartersville and Bartow County.
After leaving Brooks and Tatum Heating and Cooling business, he had a pawn shop and later ran a business for automotive repair of heating and air conditioning of cars on Noble Street in Cartersville. His health caused him to retire from his business.
He was in World War II, fighting the Germans. He was in the Battle of the Bulge under General Patton and after Company B 274th Infantry and Regiment, was awarded Combat Infantry Badge, landed at Normandy Beach, and was issued the Trail Blazers Badge.
After returning home, he married Patsy Garrison and they had three children. Two died at birth and the third, Donna Sue Brooks, lived to be 55 and died in May 2003. In 2003, he married Doris Dickey, to whom he was married for almost 10 years.
In his younger years, he was a NASCAR fan and would drive with friends to the Daytona 500 and drive back the same day, wearing out a set of tires.
Funeral services will be held at Sam Jones United Methodist Church today at 3 p.m., with Rev. Bill Burch officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery,
Visitation was held Friday at Owen Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Russell Dickey, David Neal, Ed Redd Summey, Trevor Temple, Alec Caswell, Ray Folds and Dwight Waldrop.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, is in charge of the arrangements.