Billy Crawford Brooks
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:24 pm
Billy Crawford Brooks
Billy Crawford Brooks, 83, of Cedar Hill, died Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Baptist Hospital.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakhurst Chapel of the Robertson County Funeral Home with Dr. Eric Taylor, Rev.. Bobby Swift and Rev. Tom Lawhorn officiating. Burial was in Bellwood Cemetery in Adams.
Grandsons and grandsons-in-law served as pallbearers.
Brooks was born July 5, 1927 in Weakley County, son of the late William Crawford and Bonnie Ruth Atkins Brooks. He was a 1945 graduate of Martin High School and was accepted into Tulane University on a football scholarship. He was a World War II veteran. After being discharged, he attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1951. He worked for Pet Milk in Springfield for 17 years. In 1968 he went to work for CEMC where he worked for 24 years. Following his retirement from CEMC, he worked with the Robertson County/Springfield Chamber of Commerce as an Industrial Development advisor. He was a member of Cedar Hill Baptist Church where he was a deacon, a former Rotary Club member and director and a member of the former Cedar Hill Men’s Club. He was a past director for Volunteer State Bank, served as director for Central District Children’s Hospital and Nashville Tech, served on the Board of Governors and the Governmental Affairs Committee for the University of Tennessee, was past member of the Middle and Southern Tennessee Industrial Development Councils and was past president of the Robertson County Fair Association. He started the first little league baseball team in Robertson County.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Nellie Jo Adams Brooks of Cedar Hill; three daughters and son-in-law, Kathy and Frank Finley of Cedar Hill, Bonnie and John Johnston, Kim and Bob Bibb, all of Springfield; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert H. and Peggy Brooks of Fairhope, Ala.; one sister, Pattie Fuller of Martin; nine grandchildren, Kara and Dale Duhon, Joseph Brooks and Lindsay Finley, Ann and Casey Weaver, Maria and Tim van der hengst, Jenny and Joey Evans, Beth and Mac Baggett, Robert David and Danielle Bibb, Marinelle and Josh Jackson, and William Jacob Bibb; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Cedar Hill Baptist Church Building Fund.