Carl A. Brooks

Carl A. Brooks

January 18, 1945 - January 25, 2006

Carl A. Brooks

January 18, 1945 - January 25, 2006


Carl Avery Brooks was born January 18, 1945 in Houma, Louisiana to Abram Brooks and Dorothy White Brooks. Carl grew up in Louisiana on the bayou. Carl spoke with great respect and affection for his grandfather Gloster White and his grandmother Classie Bolden White. Carl was a graduate of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. His firm, South Coast Hearing Representatives, was a successful advocacy practice in Worker’s Compensation law. Over the years Carl trained and employed many worker’s compensation practitioners. He is most fondly remember as ‘the Bro’ — a term of affection for one of the most generous men that has ever graced our planet. Carl’s favorite pasttime was cooking for his friends and educating their palates with fine wine. Carl is survived by his sisters Elaine Brooks Seymore, Linda Brooks Burke, Virginia Brooks Mitchell and Winniefer McDonald Ferrell. His sister, Betty Brooks Matthews had predeceased Carl. Carl is also survived by his brothers A.J. Brooks and McKinley McDonald and fifteen nieces and nephews. Carl’s life was one of generosity and and kindness to others — a life defined by his faith in his Creator. Carl died January 25, 2006. He was greatly loved by many and will be deeply missed by all.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2006 ~ 7:00 P.M. at Garden Grove Community Center – Room # A, 11300 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843. 714 741-5262

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 ~ 10:00 A.M. at Community Funeral Home, 230 S. Hollywood Houma, LA

An Interment will follow immediately at St Luke Baptist Church Cemetery, Highway 182, Houma, LA 70360

In lieu of flowers, donations can be make in Carl’s name to – 476 S. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

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61 responses to Carl A. Brooks

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  1. Carl – “Da Bro” as he liked to be called – was a man of deep respect and love for others. He received his greatest joy in serving in so many ways.

    His generosity was both remarkable and multi-faceted. Carl gave impulsively he was instant with a hefty tip for an unexpected special service and he gave deliberately he would revel for weeks in the thought of a special event that he was organizing for others.

    In addition to the great barbeques, fine wine tastings and wonderful dinners for which Carl was so well known, he also made many very private contributions to help others in their time of need.

    As so many people have said, Carl’s life in the time we knew him was the very embodiment of the one scripture that he quoted more than any other, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

    Bro, we will miss you greatly.

  2. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Carl Avery Brooks. Carl was a good friend of the Celestine Holman Family when he lived in Houston, TX in the mid-sixties; and a good friend of the Leonard Olive Family in the late sixties in Pasadena, CA. We will always remember the backyard barbecues, the homemade fudge, the bid whist, and the gourmet dinner parties that Carl would host. We had him over for many card parties and watched him run many a “Boston.” ;- Our memories of Carl will live on for a long, long time.

  3. Jerry Kleber says:

    I just learned that Carl passed away some time ago. He was my first business partner – we started SCHR in the late 80’s. I have always given him the credit for my learning what it is to see opportunity all around, to be an entrepreneur. Sadly, having lost touch in the early 90’s, I never expressed that appreciation to him nor was I able to share with him how much those brief years dramatically impacted my life in such a positive way.

    The comments about Carl and BBQ – I can almost taste it! The best!

    Though very late, my condolences to his family.

  4. Willard High says:

    Carl was my brother! He loved my wife Brenda as much as he loved me. The last time we were together Carl hosted us at a South Pasadena restaurant known for great steaks. They all knew “Mr. Brooks” and treated us like royalty. He was displaying his “Diamond Jim Brady Brooks” side. When we were young men we hung out with mutual friends, listened to great oldies, enjoyed fine wines, beers and delicacies from Trader Joe’s and cooked / consumed great fresh foods. His close friends during our college years and beyond called him “Bar-B-Que Brooks” because no one could grill beef ribs and chicken like Carl. We played basketball, engaged in late-night bid wist marathons, took several deep-sea fishing trips to Mexico, threw more parties than you can count and spent hundreds of hours talking, laughing, and sharing. Carl recommended me for my first job in the Workers Compensation Industry with CNA Insurance and we were co-workers for many years. During our poor student college years Carl, who had worked in industry before coming to college, often pick up the tab and lectured us on the importance of giving our servers a generous tip. It still warms my heart to speak his name and remember Carl. I could tell a hundred stories that reflect the good times we shared, but this is not the place or space but I will always remember my brother with fondness and a knowing smile.

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