Craig Brooks obituary (1953 – 2021) – Columbia, South Carolina
April 13, 1953 – October 23, 2021
Columbia, South Carolina – Craig Wilson Brooks, 68, died suddenly but peacefully from cancer on October 23, 2021 in Columbia, South Carolina. Born April 13, 1953, he was the son of Waldo and Beverly Brooks Jr, who both predeceased him.
After graduating from the Citadel in 1975, he served as an officer in the United States Army for 4 years. He received his MBA from Webster University and began a 29-year career with the SC Department of Education. While there, Craig developed and implemented software to track orders, purchases, and delivery of food from the United States Department of Agriculture to schools, hospitals, and prisons across the state. He was known nationally for his leadership and expertise in commodity distribution. He served from 1997 to 1998, and then from 2010 to 2012, as president of the American Commodity Distribution Association.
Craig was an avid golfer and will be sadly missed by his many partners and friends. As with many golfers, he just knew that the next improved golf club would lower his score and his house is full of “the next best thing.” Of course, his average score remained the same.
Craig is survived by his beloved brother, Waldo Brooks, Ill (Patricia); sister, Maudeen Brooks Duvall (David); and her “mirror image” twin brother, Steven Brooks (Nancy), who is devastated by Craig’s passing. He will be sadly missed by his close friend and former wife, Rosie Brooks. He is also survived by 9 nieces and nephews and 13 grandnephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Home, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209. A reception will follow at the funeral home between 1:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Interment will take place after the reception at Greenlawn Memorial Park at 2:45 p.m.
Posted by The State on October 31, 2021.