Effie was the daughter of Granville Jackson Tompkins and Mary Telitha Hopkins. She was born in Fentress County, TN on 09 Jan 1887. She was first married to John Robert Garrett of Armathwaite, TN and together they had ten children. After John's death she married Joseph S. Patten and they had some children.She was later to marry William Perry Brooks after the death of Joe Patten and settled in Texas. She and Perry did not have any children.