ALBANY -- Iris Matthews Brooks went to join her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, July 14th. She was born September 6, 1914 in Aydlett, North Carolina, the daughter of Idell and David Matthews. She had four brothers who preceded her in death. Iris received her RN degree from Saint Vincents DePaul in Norfolk, Virginia. She was a member of the Army Nurse Corps from 1937 to 1942, and was honorably released from active duty as a Second Lieutenant.
She married Lieutenant Colonel Bascom Anthony Brooks (Tony) in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they both were on active duty during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her only daughter, Sandra Ann, was born in Honolulu two years later.
Iris and her family moved to Albany, Georgia in 1948. Her husband, Lt. Col. Brooks, was killed in a plane crash in 1950. Following his death, she returned to work as a nurse at Turner Air Force Base, and later at the Naval Air Station. After her retirement, she served as a Pink Lady at Palmyra Hospital.
She was a member of First Methodist Church for over 60 years, and a member of the Eleanor Hawk Sunday School class, the United Methodist Women, and a former member of the Administrative Board.
She was also a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association and Gold Star Wives.
Some of you may remember her as the "great chaperone" for Panama City trips. Some of you may remember her as an avid SkipBo player.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Brooks Dollar (Mrs. Tom) of Canton, GA, her granddaughter, Rebekah Faith Dollar of Atlanta, GA, a nephew, Thomas Brooks Conway of Gulf Shores, AL, and four nieces: Toni Conway Putnam (Mrs. Grady) of Long Neck, DE, Idella Matthews Hooker (Mrs. Melvin) of Carrollton, GA, Sharon Matthews Taylor (Mrs. Larry) of Chesapeake, VA, and Mrs. Ardis Matthews Cole of Gloucester, VA, and their families.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20th at 11:30 AM at the Kimbrell-Stern Chapel, preceded by visitation at 10:30 AM. Dr. Don Adams officiating. Interment will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.
You may sign the online guest book and share your own special thoughts with the family of Mrs. Brooks by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at www.kimbrellstern.com.
Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors