Winston Phillips Brooks 67, died Wednesday, June 16 at the Huntsville Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky he was the son of the late Elgan Howard and Jennie Ellison Brooks. As a child attending Robert E. Lee School, he was one of the first victims of polio in Lincoln County leaving him with a limp for the rest of his life.
He graduated from Columbia Military Academy, Vanderbilt University and received a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee at Memphis.
Winston returned to Fayetteville and became an owner and pharmacist at the family owned Standard Drug Co. He worked in the Lincoln County Hospital Pharmacy and had been with Carter’s Drug for 25 years.
A member of the First Baptist Church he has had the distinction of serving as a deacon for 39 years. He was also a Master Mason. He held several offices and was a Knight Templar in the York Rite. Winston was a life member of the Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 and led the lodge by doing the Master’s part in the second degree.
Winston was committed to helping find a cure for cancer through funds raised by the Fabulous Fifties production each year. He was involved in all aspects from writing scripts, building sets and performing. Additionally, he was a member of the Carriage House Players enjoying all aspects of local theater.
Winston loved Fayetteville and Lincoln County and was happiest helping those he served. His experience as a dedicated and skilled pharmacist made him an icon in his field.
He was survived by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn Moorehead Brooks, two sons Ben of Fayetteville, Lt.Col. Phil of Ft. Hood, Texas and wife Lori, one daughter Wendy Lawless of Murfreesboro and husband Scott, grandchildren Brooke and Rebecca Lawless, Amelia and Wes Brooks, sister-in-laws Mary Alice Brooks and Joy Brooks Parker and numerous nieces and nephews. After the death of brothers, Mason Paul and Elgan, he became the father figure for their children. He was preceded in death by special friend, Sammy Muse, and survived by his wife Wilma and God daughter Lynn Chappin.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 19th from 4-8PM at Higgins Funeral Home. The Memorial Service will be at Fayetteville First Baptist Church Sunday June 20th at 2PM with Rev. Van Johnson officiating. Memorials may be made to the Fayetteville First Baptist Church Building Fund, 121 North Elk Ave., Fayetteville, TN 37334