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. Bert 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., his wife, Jerri and their two sons, Bert, Jr. and Scott operated at the original Dill location until 1987. With the support of the community and the steady growth of the business, the Brooks family were able to relocate and build a new facility adjacent to Carteret General Hospital and Medical Park in Morehead City. Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory has been operating at its current location since construction was completed in 1987.
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.
Bert Brooks, Jr. died in November of 2004 from complications of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Bert Brooks, Sr. died shortly thereafter in December of 2006 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In April of 2017, Scott Brooks and his mother Jerri made the decision to sell the family business, however Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory is still privately owned and operated. Scott Brooks continues to serve as a consultant to the business established by his family.