Windle Grove Brooks III, 78 of Fernandina Beach, Florida passed away June 7, 2020 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born February 8, 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Fernandina Beach.
He graduated from Fernandina Beach High School in 1960. He always enjoyed the quarterly gatherings of his high school friends.
When Windle was younger he loved to drag race cars on the beach and was a part of the Barrel Busters. He loved to hunt, fish, bowl and was a gun enthusiast. He always enjoyed family gatherings where he would always barbeque and he declared himself the master chef of the grill.
He was a reserve officer with the Fernandina Beach Police Department for 12 years. He was deputized in 1975 with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and was the last Chief Jailer at the jail in Fernandina Beach before it was moved to Yulee in 1979.
He retired from Crowley Maritime in Port Everglades in 2010. After spending 20 years in South Florida he moved back home in 2016 to be closer to his family. Windle was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He had many accomplishments through his life, but he was more proud of his family more than anything else. To his grandchildren he was Paw Paw, to his children he was Daddy and to his wife he was Brooks.
Windle was preceded in death by his parents, Windle Grove Brooks, Jr. and Helen Joyce Brooks Love; sister, Sandra Joyce, Brooks Leader; grandchildren, Lauren Brooks, Sarah Brooks, Jonathan Brooks; daughter- in- law, Elsie Lee Brooks.
Windle leaves behind his wife of 28 years, Brenda Brooks; sisters, Laura Hauck, Mary Ross, Linda Allen (Blake Thomassie); Children, Susan (Walter) Sturges, Bonnie (Tracy)Tharp, Windle Brooks IV, Thomas (Riva) Frezza and Kyle Frezza; 10 grand children, 10 great grand children and numerous nieces and nephews
A celebration of Windle’s life will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Springhill Baptist Church, 941017 Old Nassauville Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Viewing and family greeting will begin at 10:00 am and service will commence at 11:00 am.
The family has asked that donations be made, in his memory, to the Springhill Baptist Church Wheelchair Ramp Ministry.
I will leave you with this….please don’t cry because I’m gone, instead be happy that I was here.
Elvis has left the building……….