Anthony Alfred Brooks, was born to his parents, William T. Brooks, Sr. and Shirley Mae Neal on June 15, 1953 in Raton, New Mexico. He was raised with his siblings, Antoinette, William, Michael, Vickie, along with his cousin Robert.
Tony’s parents moved the family to Denver, where he was educated through Denver Public Schools. He attended and later graduated from George Washington High School. He then decided to join the United States Navy, where he served our country proudly. He served as a Navy Seal from 1970-1972, and was stationed at the USS Ranger CVA-61 California. He was later honorably discharged and had reserved several merit’s such as a National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
On July 27, 1971, he was joined in holy matrimony with Marilyn Brooks, whom he had met at Smiley Middle School. Tony was blessed with three children, Anthony M. Brooks, Jerrold A. Brooks and Chonda Love. He would later gain an additional source of pride and joy with the birth of 17 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. He was affectionately known by them as T-Bone or Domino-King.
By profession, Tony was a Maintenance Technician. He gained employment at Century 16 Movie Theatre.
During his free time, Anthony enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes, watching sports and hanging out with his best friends, Robert Bobby Hall and Reggie Robins.
Tony passed away on January 15, 2023. Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Jerrold (Monnica) Brooks; daughter, Chonda Love and Carlos Stegall; sisters, Monet Neal, Antoinette Brooks-Kelley; brothers, Stevie Brooks, Michael Brooks, Kevin Neal, Darrell Neal, and William “Buddy” T. Brooks.
I Miss My Dad
Although I cannot see you, feel your hugs, or kiss your face. I’ll imagine you beside me as an unseen presence that I will embrace.
The night before you left us, no words were spoken. A gentle kiss placed on your head, Heaven’s gaes stood halfway open.
Reflections of that morning before dawn you slipped away. Still replay through my daily thoughts I will never forget that day.
Cannot begin to tell you just what that has meant to me. The painful process of letting you go ,the hole in our family tree.
I will miss your hugs, I miss your voice, your genuine “ I Love You”. The simple spring lost in your step, the illness got to that too.
I don’t’ wallow much in sorrow you wouldn’t have wanted that for me. Your wish to remain the strong one is the one you said I would be.
And though some days it’s difficult I still want to call on you dad. Your swift untimely departure makes me reflect on just what I had.