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Windle G. Brooks, III

Windle G. Brooks, III

February 8, 1942 - June 7, 2020     Age: 78

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……….

18 Condolences

  • Michelle Cunningham Posted June 9, 2020 12:51 pm

    Susan, Bonnie, Window, my deepest condolences for the family & host of friends…Your Dad was such an amazing man. I’m so glad i had the chance to grow up know being around him..He always living & so fun to be around . RIP Mr. Brooks

  • Margie Parker Posted June 10, 2020 10:45 am

    Brenda, Windle was a man who dearly loved his family and totally adored you. He always bragged about your accomplishments and what a special wife and caretaker you were for him.

  • Cathi Van Sleet Posted June 10, 2020 11:52 am

    Although I now live far away, I’ll be with you all and thinking of you this weekend. Uncle Windle was my favorite Uncle. Always the fun Uncle taking us for rides on the riding lawn mower and shooting in the back area of the house. I don’t think I ever saw him have a bad day. Much love to everyone in the family, Cathi Van Sleet (Linda’s daughter)

  • Alexa Beverage Posted June 11, 2020 10:47 am

    Brenda, I have heard of your struggle for the last two years. You are an incredibly strong woman in many aspects. My heart and prayer goes out to you and your family. I am sorry for your loss and will always be here if needed. May he rest in peace and you remember him in the best light possible.

  • Bismarck Gonzalez Posted June 11, 2020 11:00 am

    Brenda, I’m very sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family in this very difficult time.

  • Andrea RODRIGUEZ Posted June 11, 2020 12:37 pm

    Brenda, I’m sorry for your loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  • Xavier Alemao Posted June 11, 2020 1:56 pm

    Dear Brenda, My heartfelt condolences at the passing of your husband and i pray that his soul will RIP. My prayers as well to you and your family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Xavier Alemao

  • Linda Brooks Allen Posted June 11, 2020 1:57 pm

    There is nothing in this world that can compare to having Windle as my big brother. There are a million things to be said about him…..and they are all good. Now there aren’t many people you can say that about. He was an awesome brother to Sandy & I all of our lives, a loyal friend, a loving Dad, and a wonderful husband to Brenda. Now she has to be a saint herself to put up with any Brooks and we love her dearly for it.Windle had a big heart and he wore it on the outside for everyone to see. I hope that when you remember him that it will be with a warm smile and lots of good memories to tell everyone that ‘one more thing’about a man you once knew who lived life to the fullest and grew up and lived in Fernandina. our family thanks all of you and we are happy that you were part of our lives too. Windle is at peace now and welcomed by our other family members who are in heaven too. he will always be a huge part of us. With sincere love, Linda (Brooks) Allen

  • Jorge and Cristina Figueroa Posted June 11, 2020 1:59 pm

    I am one of those lucky people whom had the chance to enjoy Mr. Brooks and your friendship. I Remember many times we went over to the house with the kids to see you and Mr. B.

    Jorge the kids and I are very sorry for your loss, he is in good hands and will be with us again one day

    John 5;28,29

  • William L Rushon Posted June 11, 2020 2:25 pm

    Brenda I am deeply saddened and please accept my condolences. Windle was a great man. Windle and I worked together at Crowley and he was a great team player. He was a very hard worker and always made me laugh. I loved the way he could always make me laugh with his Elvis impersonations.. He always cheered me up. He taught me a lot during the time I had worked with him and respected him greatly for his knowledge and hard work ethics.
    He will be missed a lot. God bless you and your family.

  • Jeffery White Posted June 11, 2020 4:30 pm

    Sending Condolences to the entire family during this tough time.

  • Levi Kahongo Posted June 11, 2020 8:45 pm

    So sorry for your loss, I am sending my sincere condolences to your entire family.

  • Maria Nunez Posted June 12, 2020 7:54 am


    My condolences for you and your family during this time. May you find peace and solace knowing he is suffering no more. Mathew 5:4.

  • Cristina Quintanilla Posted June 12, 2020 6:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss Brenda, I have you and your family in my thoughts.

  • Sebastien Counord Posted June 13, 2020 1:14 pm

    Brenda, my deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your husband,

  • Brenda Brooks Posted July 5, 2020 8:12 pm

    One month today you left me. Didn’t think it would be so hard. Prepared as I was for your death, I am still in shock that you actually left me. I hear you in every room of the house. I see you lying in the hospital bed in the living room. I am so lost without you. I needed more time. Love you Brooks. Xoxo

  • Brenda Brooks Posted July 5, 2020 8:17 pm

    One month today you left me. Didn’t think it would be so hard. Prepared as we were , I am still in shock that you actually left me. I hear you in every room of the house. I see you lying in the hospital bed in the living room. I am so lost without you. I needed more time. Love you Brooks. Xoxo

  • Brenda Posted October 13, 2020 11:35 am

    Not a day goes by do I not question myself, could I have done more for you? My heart aches.

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