Published in The Capital Gazette from May 24 to May 28, 2017
Leroy W. "Babe" Brooks 99
Leroy W. "Babe" Brooks died peacefully at his home in
Sherwood, MD on Friday, May 19, 2017. He was 99.
Born October 27, 1917 in Washington D.C., he was the son
of the late Leroy S. and Grace Barber Brooks. He was a
graduate of Roosevelt High School (1935) in Washington,
D.C. and attended St. Johns College in Annapolis, MD and
George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
On October 22, 1941 he married Alice Jane Gove in
Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Brooks enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January, 1941, where
he completed Flight Training School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Subsequently he became an
Aviation Instructor and flew a variety of fixed-wing aircraft, including gliders, B-25's, B-17's
and B-29's. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Major in 1946.
Mr. Brooks enjoyed a varied career. He was a charter boat captain, sport fishing out of
Deale, Maryland on his boat, the "Candace Jane". He worked in the construction industry
as a building superintendent and as an estimator for commercial painting and decorating.
In 1959, he established the Brooks Painting Company and later, Southern Maryland
Decorators. Both companies served the greater Washington D.C. area.
Mr. and Mrs. Brooks made their home in Deale, MD for 41 years before moving to Duns
Cove Farm in Sherwood in 1987. Babe (or Mr. Brooks) was an avid outdoorsman. As a
young man he and his brother sailed their boat "Lucky Strike" competitively. He enjoyed
fishing and hunting and also bowled. Baseball was his passion having played throughout
college and later years on various league teams.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his daughter, Billie Jane Marton and her husband, Warren of St.
Michaels; three grandchildren: Russ Marton (Raelani) of Houston, TX, Julia Teti (Nick) of
Queenstown, MD and Laura Gourley (Tony) of Chester, MD; six great-grandchildren, and
his beloved lab, Rocky.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jane, and a brother, Harold L. Brooks.
A gathering to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Duns Cove
Farm at 4:00 PM, where the family will entertain stories of this kind gentleman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Talbot Hospice Foundation 586 Cynwood
Drive, Easton, MD 21601.