Mrs. Regina Brooks
Longtime Smith County Chamber of Commerce director Mrs. Regina Brooks has passed from her earthly life to her heavenly reward. Mrs. Brooks was 69.
Mrs. Brooks died at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, September 7, 2021, at the Knollwood Manor in Lafayette where she had been lovingly cared for since January 11th of this year. Mrs. Brooks had suffered a debilitating stroke.
Eld. Rickey Hall assisted by Eld. Rickey Scurlock officiated at the Sunday afternoon, September 12th, funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Following the 3 p.m. services burial was in the Brooks family lot in the East section at the Dixon Springs Cemetery with Eld. Barney Allison officiating. The musical presence for the funeral services was under the direction of Jimmy Gibbs with a choir of twenty five singers.
Mrs. Brooks was one of three daughters and one son and the youngest of the four born to the late Guy Edward Dickens, who died March 25, 1989 at the age of 76, and Tina Bell Woodard Dickens, who died August 1, 2005 at the age of 91. She was born Ina Regina Dickens in Carthage on June 2, 1952 and was reared in the Sullivans Bend community.
All three of her siblings preceded her in death. They were Elma Carolyn Dickens Poole, who died at the age of 62 on March 13, 2004, Roy Lee Dickens, who died March 8, 2005 at the age of 72, and Dorothy Marie “Dot” Dickens Sircy, who died August 30, 2013 at the age of 80.
She was a 1971 graduate of Smith County High School where she was a member of the office staff her senior year, majored in home economics, which she took all four years, and also majored in business education, was a member of the beta club her last three years at S.C.H.S., was a member of the pep club all four years, and was the recipient of the junior degree and chapter degree in the Future Homemakers of America, was the school song leader her senior year, and a member of the Spanish club, and her junior year was awarded the Honor Visit to T.T.U. and her senior year was a part of the University of Tennessee Varsity visit.
It was stated of her in the 1971 year book that: “Humor is the harmony of the heart”.
On June 28, 1973, she was united in marriage to Stephen Farley Brooks at the North Carthage Missionary Baptist Church. The ceremony was performed by the late Eld. R. D. Brooks.
She was saved and was a member of the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Her adult career began as a Physical Therapist at the former Smith County Memorial Hospital and later she was promoted to the head of materials management.
In 1988 she began what would be a twenty two year career as the Director of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce and retired in 2010 as the Executive of the Regional Chambers of Commerce.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, Eld. Stephen Brooks, is their daughter, Angela Brooks Hackett and husband, Lance, of the Tanglewood community; two grandchildren, Audrey Hackett Holder and husband, Dustin, and their son, Brooks Webb Holder, Carson Hackett all of the Tanglewood community.
The Brooks family requests memorials to either the North Gordonsville Missionary Baptist Church or the Hogans Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Sanderson of Carthage