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Brooks Nye Heath

Brooks Nye Heath's beautiful spirit went to be with his Heavenly Father and loved ones on January 25, 2010. Brooks, also known by family members as "Pop-Pop," lived his final months at The Carriage House Memory Care on N. Elm Street, close to his daughter Laurie Southworth and son-in-law David.

A memorial service to celebrate Brooks' life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2010, in the All Saints Chapel at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 607 North Green Street in Greensboro. The Rev. Timothy Patterson will officiate the service. Visitation with the family will occur directly following the service in the Haywood Duke room at the church. A private burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Greensboro.

Brooks was born in Mason City, Iowa on July 21, 1922 to Brooks Albert and Frances Nye Heath. He had a sister, Lanaya, and two brothers, David and John. The family later moved to Newton, Massachusetts, where he was captain and quarterback of his high school football team, member of the baseball team, President of his senior class and a member of the National Honor Society. Newton High School is also where he met his future wife, Muriel Palmer. They married in 1944 and remained "sweethearts" for a total of 60 years until she went to be with God in 1999. However, it seems clear that their love will last forever.

Brooks graduated from Harvard University in 1943, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in three years. He then went to Notre Dame to train as a Naval Officer. He was commissioned first as Lieutenant J.G. and later given command of a ship in the Pacific theater during World War II. After the war, Brooks returned home and worked first, in manufacturing and later, as the Public Relations Manager for Western Electric/AT&T for 38 years. Some of the programs Brooks initiated and worked on while at AT&T included: Democracy in Action, Speakers Bureau, Volunteers in Action and It's Your Community. He and his family moved all over the country, from Boston, Mass. to Tarrytown and Scarsdale, N.Y., Jacksonville, Fla., Palo Alto, Calif., Seattle, Wash., Chatham, N.J., and Westport, CT, before finally relocating to Greensboro in 1975.

For Brooks, life was a gift to be treasured, appreciated, and lived to the fullest, which to him meant serving others and finding ways to help those in need. He volunteered as a tutor for children in Harlem in the 1960's, and helped to write the original "Right to Read" program, which is now widely used. He was the campaign manager for United Way of Greensboro in the mid-1980's, and served as a volunteer "lunch buddy" for children in need of mentors after he retired. Letters from the children illustrated their love for him and their gratitude for his presence in their lives.

Brooks was a very special person, with a kind and gentle spirit, immense wisdom, a generous and compassionate heart, a keen mind, a boyish sense of wonder and a strong love of family and friends. His deep faith in God enhanced his abiding optimism even in the toughest times. He was a person who never met a stranger, always had a twinkle in his eye, and had a smile that would melt your heart. He was a humble man, who encouraged others and believed that everyone could make a difference in the lives of others. He was a wonderful role model for everyone who was blessed to know and love him.

Brooks also loved sports and was an avid golfer, with two holes-in-one added to his accomplishments. He was a lifelong Red Sox fan, and was full of joy when he finally saw them win the pennant in 2004. But above all, his greatest joys were his faith in God and love of his family, who remained close to him throughout his entire life.

Surviving family members include his daughter Laurie Southworth and her husband David, their children Kristen Leigh, John Brooks and his wife Meredith, Brook's son John's wife Lyn, their daughter Jennifer, her husband Nathan, and their son Cole. Other survivors include many nieces and nephews.

Published in News Record on January 27, 2010

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  • Created by: David Clay
  • Added: 28 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 47226499
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Brooks Nye Heath (21 Jul 1922–25 Jan 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47226499, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by David Clay (contributor 46973418) .