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Jeffrey Edward Brooks

October 22, 1949 — March 26, 2024


Jeffrey E. Brooks
Pendleton, SC

Jeffrey Edward Brooks, 74, husband of Elizabeth Cannon Hancock Brooks, passed away
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, SC.

The son of the late Edward and Aileen Brooks; Jeff was born in Camden, SC. He spent most of
his formative years in Wilmington, DE. Growing up, he had many interests, including
swimming, scuba diving, golf, and Boy Scouts. Following in his father’s footsteps, he achieved
the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in scouting, which he considered one of the many great
achievements of his life.

While in high school, he found a love for aviation after taking his first small plane ride with the
father of one of his high school friends. His loves of flying and the water followed him to
Clemson University, where he joined Air Force ROTC, the Scuba Club, and the Diving Team.
He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned into the Air Force in 1971.
While pursuing his love of aviation and engineering, he found his true love in life, his future
wife, Liz. Meeting in their senior year, they were engaged within a month. They were married a
year later right after Jeff completed his pilot training. They said their first year was the hardest
they ever faced as Jeff was in Thailand flying for the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict while
Liz was in Colorado. After that, they knew they could face anything as long as they were
together. And they did for 52 beautiful years of marriage.

After 6 years flying for the Air Force, Jeff left the military at the rank of Captain in 1977, moved
to Pendleton, SC, and put his degree to use as a Design Engineer. Over the years, Jeff worked for
Saco-Lowell, Michelin, Hartness International, and ITT of Westminster, where he finally retired
in 2014.

Jeff continued his service to others through his works as a Cubmaster for Pack 94 and later
Scoutmaster of Troop 94 in the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America while his sons
were going through the program. After retirement, he enjoyed serving the community through
the Elks Lodge of Pendleton serving as their treasurer until the time of his death.

Above all, Jeff was committed to his family and friends. He was a fierce defender of anyone that
he had love for. He was a dedicated and loving father, grandfather, brother, and brother-in-law.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Robert Jeffrey Cannon Brooks and his wife,
Jennifer, and their children, Benjamin Edward Brooks and Lydia Taylor Brooks all of Newport
News, VA and his son Matthew Alan Brooks and his wife, Stephanie, and their children,
Jonathan David Brooks and Marshall James Brooks all of Zionsville, IN. He leaves behind his
sister Karen King and her husband, Ron, of Manassas, VA and his sister Linda Crossan and her
husband, Jeff, of Franklin, TN and their children, Sara Crossan and Jon Crossan. He also leaves
behind his wife’s brother and sisters, Ken Hancock, Julie Hancock Stoudenmire (Mark), Leslie
Hancock Baggott, and Allison Hancock Padgett and their children and grandchildren, for whom
he had an overwhelming love and closeness.

Jeff lived a very full life, and his favorite moments were being able to recount the many lively
stories he had amassed over his time on this earth. Above all else, he was very proud of his
children and grandchildren and their achievements, and he treasured his family and his wife. He
will be missed by all who truly knew him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at an as yet undetermined date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heroes to Heroes Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, or the Pendleton Elks Lodge #2861,

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home & Cremations is serving the family.

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