A native of Charlotte, he was son of the late Edward Alexander Brooks, Sr. and Susan Frances Huneycutt Brooks.
Richard was a graduate of Davidson College. He was a Mecklenburg County Police Officer and retired as a Revenue Officer for the state of NC. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Davidson Wildcats and Ashbrook Greenwave.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gastonia.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Peggy H. Brooks; children, Patricia Brooks Elms and husband Gary, Rick Brooks and wife Patty, Mike Brooks and wife Sue, Jane Brooks Hayes and husband Kim “Booty”, and Jimmy Brooks; granddaughters, Sarah Brooks Basadre and husband Trenton, Lauren Stacey Brooks, Susanne Jones Dias and husband Felipe, and Caroline Suzanne Brooks; and six nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Frances Brooks McCorkle; brothers, Edward Alexander “Bub” Brooks, Jr., Robert Marshall “Bob” Brooks.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00PM, Thursday at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte with Pastor Joe Lawing officiating.
Memorials may be made to Gaston County Humane Society, 114 Sherrill Road, Gastonia, NC 28052.
Condolences may be sent online by visiting www.mcleanfuneral.com