On June 7, 2018, amongst his loving family, another angel embarked upon his Heavenly journey. Waverly “Slim” Brooks, 75, was born on March 16, 1943, in Norfolk, VA to the late Doris Owens Brooks White and Willie R. Brooks. He was the third of fourteen siblings and the oldest male, making him “The Protector”. He was raised by his late grandparents, Sam and Eva “Eyar” Owens.
Waverly attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. He enlisted and served a brief stint in the United States Marine Corps beginning December 1, 1969. Waverly was a professional painter by trade and enjoyed demonstrating the perfection of his craft on personal and business projects throughout the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. One of his favorite pastimes was singing. His bass voice was music to our ears was he often mocked Barry White and Marshall Sewell of The Edsels. In addition to loving music, he was a fantastic dancer. He enjoyed playing various card games and dominoes, which he taught his kids at very young ages. At a very young age, he started shining shoes at Hortense’s Barber Shop, which was another skillset that he passed on, even to his daughters.
Waverly was a very outgoing person. He kept you laughing, but was extremely protective over his family. His appearance was always one of meticulousness and very dapper. He took great pride in how he dressed, smelled and presented himself. Through the prayers of his family and encouragement and support of his oldest sister, Ann McInnis, Waverly accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. This made the medical battle much easier over all the years that he endured.
Waverly was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sam and Eva Owens; parents, Doris Owens and Willie Brooks; and a sister, Rachel Brooks. He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his loving, dedicated and supportive wife, Geraldine Brooks, a host of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great, great-grandchildren, 12 siblings, and many more relatives and friends.