Bert Brooks, Sr. of Beaufort, NC co-owned his first funeral home with his friend, Manly Mason, of Newport, NC. Both were 1956 graduates of the American Academy of Funeral Service, New York, NY. Brooks & Mason Funeral Home operated from 1958 until 1966 in Beaufort when decisions were made to pursue other careers. Brooks continued to hold an interest in pursuing the funeral business and decided to return to the profession in 1978 when George W. Dill & Sons Funeral Home of Morehead City became available for purchase. The name of the business was changed to Brooks Funeral Home in 1982 and the Brooks family, Bert, Sr., wife, Jerri and sons, Bert, Jr. and Scott operated at the original Dill location until 1987. The support of the community and growth of the business enabled the Brooks family to relocate and build a new facility adjacent to Carteret General Hospital and Medical Park in Morehead City. Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. has been operating at its current location since construction was completed in 1987.
Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. continues to be owned and operated by the Brooks family. Oldest son, Bert, Jr. died in November of 2004 from complications of Hodgkins Lymphoma. Bert, Sr. died in December of 2006 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS). Scott Brooks continues the business established by his father with his mother’s involvement on a part-time basis.
The Brooks family is proud to have employed a loyal staff.
Rodney Lewis, a native of Carteret County, began working for the funeral home in 1985. After serving an apprenticeship, he attended and graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA in 1989. He holds a Funeral Service License with the State of North Carolina. Rodney is a member of Ann Street United Methodist Church and is past president of the Cremation Association of North Carolina.
Weston Porter, a native of Carteret County, began working for the funeral home in 1996 and soon after that started serving his apprenticeship. He is a 1999 graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College as well as a 1985 graduate of Campbell University. Weston holds a Funeral Service License with the State of North Carolina. He is active in Boy Scouts and is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort where he is a member of the men’s Sunday school class as well as a former vestry member.
Linda Morey joined the funeral home staff in 2006 as bookkeeper. She is originally from Oxford, NC and has been a Morehead City resident since 1984. She is a member of First Untied Methodist Church in Morehead City and served on the Board of Directors for Helpline Crisis Center for six years.
Scott Brooks began working full time in the family business in 1988 after graduating from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. He is also a 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. He holds a Funeral Service License with the State of North Carolina. Scott is a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort where he has served two terms on the vestry and is also a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge #109. He is a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of Morehead City – Lookout. He is a former board member of Friends of Hospice of Carteret County, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative Foundation and the Cremation Association of North Carolina. He is active with Seashore Soccer League, Morehead City Little League and Cub Scouts.
Bert Brooks, Jr. was a key member of the funeral home staff. Bert was very active within the community as well on the state and national levels. Bert, too, was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he was a former member of the vestry. He was a 1981 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Georgia and also held a Funeral Service License with the State of North Carolina. Bert was a member of Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Team, DMORT Region IV and member of DMORT-WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction Team). He was also a member of Franklin Masonic Lodge #109, Scottish Rite and Sudan Temple. At the time of his death he was serving on the board of Friends of Hospice of Carteret County. Bert was a Past President of North Carolina Funeral Directors Association and a former member of Carteret General Hospital Board of Directors. Many of his ideas and beliefs concerning funeral service remain incorporated in our operation of the funeral home to provide the highest level of service possible.