Friend to everyone
CLYDE— Floyd Lee Brooks, 74, of 18 Lincoln Court in Clyde, a loving husband, father and a friend to everyone blessed to know him, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013.
Floyd was born April 2, 1939 in Swain County to the late Zollie Burl Brooks and the late Nancy Woodard Brooks and made his home in Franklin before moving to Clyde in 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran, earning a sharpshooter status and a top-secret clearance as a military policeman.
Floyd was indeed a man who possessed many talents and "could do anything" well. He was a former employee of American Enka Corporation where he worked for 13 dedicated years as a pipe fitter and lead burner. He also worked as a general foreman, pipe fitter and welder with the Tennessee Valley Authority for six years and later as a superintendent with Algerino Blair Construction in Texas and throughout the southeast for eight years.
In 1982, Floyd began a new direction with his career and entered the retail business, becoming a true entrepreneur. Together he and his devoted wife, Lil, owned and operated several various types of businesses in Waynesville, Canton and Clyde. For the past 17 years, Floyd and Lil served the people in our area by operating Lil’s Wholesale and Florist in Clyde where they have made many lifelong friends and touched many in our community with their giving and caring hearts.
Floyd attended Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church in Clyde. He was a 32nd degree mason and a devoted member of Pigeon River Masonic Lodge # 386 and he was also an honorary member of the Oconee Masonic Lodge in Bryson City. He had served as a lifetime Masonic certified lecturer and also as a deputy district grand lecturer and a past master. He also belonged to the Scottish and York Rites, Eastern Star, Shrine and Oasis Temple.
Close to his heart was the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, South Carolina for which Floyd worked tirelessly at fundraising to help this worthy cause.
He was a charter member of the Haywood County rescue squad and was a first aid instructor. He also served as a member of the ETJ Board for the town of Clyde.
Floyd was an avid golfer and fisherman and also enjoyed raising cattle. He loved his family and he will always remain a part of their lives.
As we remember Floyd Lee Brooks, let us be reminded of his giving and helping spirit and, in his memory, let each of us reach out with a helping hand to someone in need.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ernest Clevenger; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Hampton and a brother-law, Ron Sigado.
Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Lillian “Lil” Clevenger Brooks; a daughter, Cathy Best and her husband, Ronnie Best, of Canton; grandchildren, Josh Best and his wife, Danielle Best, of Canton and Justin Best and his wife, Amy Best, of Canton; great-grandchildren, Gracie, Knox and Emma; a sister, Letha Sigado of Maggie Valley; a brother-in-law, Grover Clevenger and his wife, Sue Clevenger, of Clyde; his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Clevenger of Clyde and his faithful black lab “Gail."
A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p. m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, in the chapel of Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the celebration of life service.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Street, Greenville, SC 29605.
Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Brooks family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.