Dr. George Clyde Brooks Jr., DVM
Last updated 7/3/2019 at 3:41pm
Dr. George Clyde Brooks Jr., DVM, 78, entered heaven Thursday, June 27, 2019.
Preceding him were his parents, George Clyde Brooks Sr. and mother, Edna Louise Fisher Brooks; as well as his siblings, Shirley Brooks Parkenson and Joan Brooks.
Surviving Dr. Brooks are his wife, Linda DeLoach Brooks; their three sons and their families, Keith Brooks and his son, Diego, of California; Wyatt Brooks, his wife, Claire, and children, Eliana and Koah, of Asheville; Travis Brooks, former wife, Jaime, and sons, Chase Brooks, Tanner Brooks, Lucas Brooks and Caleb Brooks, of Brevard.
Additional survivors include his sister, Helen Louise Brooks; nephew, Bryce Hall; niece, Leeanne Porter and son, Brooks Foxworth.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., he graduated from Atlanta’s Northside High School in 1958. He earned a management engineering degree from Georgia Tech in 1963. During his time at Georgia Tech, he was guitarist with The Racket Squad, which performed throughout five states.
He served from 1964-1968 as a United States Air Force Captain, tasked with providing management support for F-105 aircraft missions during the Vietnam conflict.
As a civilian, he worked for Eastern and Delta Airlines. During this time, two events occurred which profoundly redirected Clyde’s life.
During his employment at Delta Airlines, a friend described his personal walk in Christ as comparable to passengers who daily place faith in the pilot and his aircraft to transport them through potential perils to reach their destinations. Thereafter, he journeyed quietly through life, privately and professionally, with a servant’s heart in everything he did.
Secondly, observing the gentle care of his beloved dog “Boo” during his final stage of life by the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine staff, he was so moved by the experience he believed becoming a veterinarian was his “true calling” in life. Subsequently, he returned to college, graduating in 1976 from the University of Georgia as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
His initial year in practice was as vet for Charleston Landing Zoo in Charleston, S.C. He and his wife, Linda, then moved their family to Brevard, where he established Mountain View Veterinary Hospital and practiced 1977-2001, after which he merged MVVH with Brevard Animal Hospital. Later, he cared for pets through Brooks Mobile Pet Vet.
He chaired the “Friends of the Animal Shelter” successful effort to raise funds and build Transylvania County’s $1.3 million new shelter.
In addition to writing a book for children with disabilities, “Sir Hops-a-Lot,” he authored two books, “Tending Critters in the Ridges” and “Blue Ridge Veterinarian, Vettin’ in Appalachia,” in which he recounted his life in Transylvania County as a country vet, and his love and respect for the hard life of the rural farmers, as well as the beloved pets and their owners who frequented his office.
Dr. Brooks’ memorial service will be held Friday, July 12, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Christ Covenant Church, 48 Tip Top Road in Brevard, off Highway 64 across from Sav-Mor Grocery.