Melvin Terry Brooks
Melvin Terry Brooks, 61, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on August 7, 2023. Mel was born to Edwin and Virginia Brooks on July 8, 1962. He graduated from Warwick High School in 1980. While in high school, Mel found joy in being a puppeteer with Rainbow Puppets and worked with them for over 20 years. Mel found a career with Southern Plumbing and worked for them for over 30 years. He also worked part-time at National Exterminating for over 20 years. He enjoyed his work at both places and will be dearly missed by his friends and coworkers.
Mel was very passionate about his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter C, that he was a member of. Mel loved going on rides and doing ice cream runs with his friends in the chapter, as well as with his longtime girlfriend, Norma. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and looked forward to the start of each season. Mel was most passionate about his friends and family, loving spending time with them above everything else.
Mel was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Virginia Brooks, his wife, Debi, and his brother Richard B. Brooks. He is survived by his stepson Paul Kuchta, wife Katherine, granddaughter Karla, grandson Joseph, longtime girlfriend Norma Farr, sister Bonnie James, husband Michael, niece Christina Shawen, husband Chris, great niece Morgan Shawen, brother Edwin Brooks, wife Nancy, their sons Lee and Scott, brother Donald Brooks and his children Steven and Sandra, special friends Barb, David and Fred, as well as many dear friends.
Mel was a kind, gentle man, a teddy bear who never met a stranger. He was loved by everyone he met, had a smile that would light up a room, and had a heart of gold.
In celebration of his life, his family will receive friends on Saturday, August 12, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian or floral shirt in honor of Mel’s favorite attire. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations to be made in his name to The Fisher House, 12300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 410, Rockville, MD 20852-1650 (https://fisherhouse.org).
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.