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Town was ‘labor of love’ for former alderman Tom Brooks

Those who knew Tom Brooks agree that the former alderman and vice mayor gave much of himself to Collierville during his five decades of service to the town.
In fact, during a 2009 dedication ceremony in which a 1.5-acre park at 151 Walnut Street was named after the California native, several dignitaries and town employees said Brooks made the town his “labor of love” during and after his time as a public servant.
During the ceremony, Bank Tennessee President Wright Cox called Brooks a “trusted friend.”
“We all need to have at least one trusted friend who we can depend on in good times and bad,” he said. “Tommy has been that friend to Collierville his entire life.”
Brooks, who moved to Collierville in the 1950s with his wife Kelsey, died at the age of 84 on Oct. 31 in Knoxville after a brief illness.
Brooks served on the Collierville Planning Commission from 1959-1999. Elected an alderman in 1974, he served as vice mayor from 1978-1999. The Collierville Chamber of Commerce presented him with a Person of the Year Award in 2000.
Brooks was chairman of the Shelby County Board of Equalization for 19 of the 21 years he served on it, and a member of the Shelby County Board of Education for eight years, also serving as vice chairman.
The former owner of Brooks Pharmacy on the Square, he also owned Walgreens and Super D franchises.

From left, Tom Brooks, Jimmy Lott, Kelsey Brooks and Stan Joyner share a laugh in December 2009 during a dedication ceremony for Tom Brooks Park in Collierville.

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