Carl Everett Brooks came into this world on February 5, 1936 in the family home in Wilmington, DE. His nickname was “Brooksy,” and he was the oldest child of the late Ella Mae Brooks-Cooper and Everett. He was grandchild of the late Nette Gibbs (Great-Grand Mother), and the late Mable Brooks (Grandmother). They loved, spoiled and so dearly raised him. Carl received his education in Wilmington, Delaware, attending St. Joseph Elementary School on 12th & French Streets, and he completed school at sixteen years old at Howard High School. Though Carl loved life, and people, his passion for music was self-taught on playing musical instruments: the guitar, drums, piano, saxophone. Also, he was fond of listening and watching old timers in the neighborhood. Carl was gifted in playing sports. He was a football running back at Howard High School, where he ran like at rabbit, and could not be caught, scoring many touchdowns. His other sport passion was fencing. Carl joined two U.S. Military Branches. His initial tour of duty was in the Army-Paratrooper; thereafter, he joined the Navy until being Honorably discharged.
He fathered into this world four kids: the oldest child the late Carl D. Brooks of Wilmington, DE; two daughters: Carla M. Briggs of Nashville, TN., Chrystal Starkey-Howard of Harrisonville, MD. and Vincent Brooks of Atlanta, GA. In addition he leaves behind six grandchildren: Nakeia, Aisha, Ronique and Carla, and their kids of Connecticut. Akeem, and Nadia Howard; great-grandchildren: Naila, Dawson and Ja’nai. of Baltimore, MD. Carl was survived by his sister Charlotte C. Parker, and husband Edgard “Solo” Parker of Lansdowne, PA. a host of Nieces/Spouse: Marsha/Clarence; Vivian/Albert, Elizabeth of Philadelphia, PA., and Sharry/Kelvin of Colwyn, PA, and Nephews: Darnell Carl/Heidi of Philadelphia, PA.; numerous grand-nieces and nephews; great-grand nieces and nephews, and great-great grand niece and nephew; as well as his “Best Friend and Brother” Eddie Keys.
RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Carl worked for the U.S. Postal Service in New York City then transferred to Wilmington, DE, where he retired from the Federal Government. His employer after retirement was part-time with a dry cleaner, working as a delivery driver for the wealthy in the Wilmington, DE suburban areas.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be 11 am, Friday, February 15, 2019, at Congo Funeral Home, 201 N. Gray Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19805, where friends may visit the family from 10:00 am - 11am. Burial in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
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