Curtis Brooks

Curtis Brooks

Curtis Lee Brooks, 65, of 560 Okisko Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Albemarle Hospital. Born in Pasquotank County, NC, he was the son of the late Carthel Brooks and Norma Creekmore Stanley and was the husband of Darlene Ivey Brooks. Mr. Brooks was retired from the United States Army as a SFC. He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

In addition to his loving wife and best friend of forty-three years, Mr. Brooks is survived by two sisters, Dianne Upton of South Mills, NC and Melissa Anderson of Elizabeth City, NC; a step-sister, Peggy Bray of Elizabeth City, NC; two step-brothers, George Stanley and James Stanley of Elizabeth City, NC; a special brother, Don Worthley of Anchorage, AK; nieces and nephews, Mike Ivey, Michelle Baker, Kim Ivey-Bourne, Michael Ivey, Peyton Anderson, Lynn Weeks, Michael Upton, Devin Worthley, Nolan Worthley and Riley Worthley; and his special cat, Willee.

A graveside funeral service with military honors will take place Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Northside Road. The family will receive friend’s Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Twiford Memorial Chapel and at all other times at the residence. Flowers are welcomed, or memorial donations may be made to your local animal shelter. Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Brooks family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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  1. Mrs. Frank W. Saxon (Diane)

    Hard to say the needed words to give you comfort at this terrible time in your life. You were a good wife and caring nurse for a long time, and he knew that and cherished you. Please know I weep for you and wish I could make it all go away.
    Stay surrounded by family and friends, try not to be alone, I am only a phone call away. I only met Curtis a few times, he was such a soft spoken gentle person, Frank thought dearly of him, he will be missed greatly.

  2. James and Sharon Stanley

    Dear Darlene,
    We are so sorry to hear about Curtis passing away. Please know you are in our prayers.
    Love, James and Sharon

  3. Marilyn

    I am truly sorry for your loss. Heaven has certainly gained an angel. May God bless you all in this time of sorrow but know that Sergent Brooks is watching over. He will forever be in our hearts.

  4. Phillip & Bonnie Jernigan

    May our Heavenly Father bless and comfort the family during this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers…

  5. Walter (Lurch) Bryan

    May our Heavenly Father welcome you with open arms and my he also comfort your family.

  6. Chuck & Monie Maccabee

    So sorry about your loss. Curtis will
    be remembered by many. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. George & Mildred Stanley

    Darlene, So sorry for your loss. Curtis was a good man and loved you very much. The US Army was a major part of his life and Curtis and you gave 30 years plus to our country. You both can be commended for the time served. GOD BLESS you both. George/Mildred Stanley

  8. Ana

    I am so sorry for your loss. Although, I do not know your family personally, I would like to share some encouraging thoughts from the Bible. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. May these words give you a new hope.

  9. Donald Worthley & Family

    An Arctic Barbarian’s Tribute to a Friend Who Changed His Life

    To laugh often and much;
    to win the respect of intelligent people
    and affection of children; to earn the
    appreciation of honest critics and
    endure the betrayal of false friends;
    to appreciate beauty, to find the best
    in others; to leave the world a bit
    better, whether by a healthy child
    a garden patch or redeemed
    social condition; to know even
    one life has breathed easier because
    you have lived. This is to have
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson (supposedly)
    Curtis Lee Brooks lived his life as successfully as anyone I know based on the criteria presented above.

    If you knew Curtis, you know that he lived his life his way and would much prefer that we forego condolences if favor of telling tales of what he accomplished during his life. Therefore, this message is a celebratory account of what can be accomplished when two brash, arrogant, and hardheaded young (well, at least one of them was) men stop antagonizing each other for sport and form the nucleus of a friendship that would grow to encompass many generations of families previously unknown to each other and that will hopefully live and grow well beyond the span of the founders.

    Curtis and I were first forced to work together at Charlie Company 1/501st Infantry at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (zip code 42223) sometime around 1974 or so. We did not get along at all at first for all the character flaws mentioned in the last paragraph. Luckily, we found common ground (reference 1st line of poem above) and a strained friendship began.

    One fateful day, I bumped into Curtis in the company of a young woman I suspected must be that cute red-haired girl he mentioned frequently. This chance meeting tore holes in the fabric of spacetime.

    An occasional dinner at Sgt and Mrs. Brooks home, notable for excellent food and lots laughter, led to frequent dinners at the same location. Then came the invitation to visit their home in North Carolina that led to the Arctic Barbarian invasion of Elizabeth City. I first met Maggie Ivey who greeted me warmly with a hug and said; “Welcome home.” I was stunned by the sincerity of her words. Maggie and Millard would become as my parents with Curtis, Darlene, Buddy, Mitchell, and Donna becoming my brothers and sisters. These people and many others accepted me as I was, with all my faults, a complete stranger from some far away place (Alaska), and did so without expecting anything in return. Further, they invited me to become a member of their families. They did this having known me only a short time with a warrant that was good for the remainder of time. The warrant has since been upgraded to include my wife and children and without a doubt, their children’s children.

    All of this came about because of Curtis Lee Brooks.

    Curtis and Darlene, the poem that started this message concludes: “; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
    I can assure you both that the two of you are the most successful team I have ever known or imagined. Thank you for allowing me and my family to share in your timeless success.
    Curtis, I hope you got that rum and coke we discussed when we last spoke.
    Cheers Brother,
    The Arctic Barbarian and the rest of the Worthley Squad

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