George Clyde Brooks, Jr., age 78, entered Heaven Thursday, June 27, 2019. Preceding him were his parents George Clyde Brooks, Sr. and mother Edna Louise Fisher Brooks as well as his siblings, Shirley Brooks Parkenson and Joan Brooks.
Surviving Dr. Brooks are his wife, Linda DeLoach Brooks, their three sons and their families: Keith Brooks and his son Diego of California, Wyatt Brooks, wife Claire, and children Eliana and Koah in Asheville, Travis Brooks, former wife Jaime, and sons Chase Brooks, Tanner Brooks, Lucas Brooks, and Caleb Brooks of Brevard. Additional survivors include Dr. Brook’s sister, Helen Louise Brooks, nephew Bryce Hall, niece Leeanne Porter and son Brooks Foxworth.
Dr. Brooks was a native of Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Atlanta’s Northside High School in 1958. He earned a Management Engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1963. During his time at Georgia Tech, Clyde was guitarist with “The Racket Squad” which performed throughout five states.
Dr. Brooks served 1964-1968 as a USAF captain tasked with providing management support for F-105 aircraft missions during the Vietnam conflict. As a civilian, he worked for Eastern and Delta Airlines. During this time, two events occurred which profoundly redirected Clyde’s life.
During his employment at Delta Airlines, a friend described his personal walk in Christ as comparable to passengers who daily place faith in the pilot and his aircraft to transport them through potential perils to reach their destinations. Thereafter, Clyde journeyed quietly through life, privately and professionally, with a servant’s heart in everything he did.
Secondly, observing the gentle care of his beloved dog “Boo” during his final stage of life by the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine staff, Clyde was so moved by the experience he believed becoming a veterinarian was his “true calling” in life. Subsequently he returned to college, graduating in 1976 from the University of Georgia as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
His initial year in practice was as vet for Charleston Landing Zoo in Charleston, SC. Clyde and Linda then moved their family to Brevard, NC where he established Mountain View Veterinary Hospital and practiced 1977-2001 after which he merged MVVH with Brevard Animal Hospital. Later, he cared for pets through Brooks Mobile Pet Vet.
Dr. Brooks chaired the “Friends of the Animal Shelter” successful effort to fund raise and build Transylvania County’s $1.3 million new shelter.
In addition to writing a book for children with disabilities, “Sir Hops-a-Lot,” Dr. Brooks authored two books, “Tending Critters in the Ridges” and “Blue Ridge Veterinarian, Vettin’ in Appalachia” in which he recounted his life in Transylvania County as a country vet and his love and respect for the hard life of the rural farmers as well as the beloved pets and their owners who frequented his office.
Dr. Brooks’ memorial service: Friday, July 12, 2:00 P.M. at Christ Covenant Church, 48 Tip Top Road, Brevard, NC across Hwy. 64 from Sav-Mor Grocery.