Corvettes Limited First Vice President
Roger Clark Brooks
Roger Clark Brooks, 53, of Glasgow, Ky., died Wednesday, November 14, 2001
at the T.J. Samson Community Hospital after a brief illness.
The Barren County native was the son of the late Rex Brooks and Winona Clark Brooks
of Horse Cave, who survives. He was a 1971 graduate of Western Kentucky University and owned and
operated Brooks Corvette Shop in Horse Cave for 30 years. He was associated with Goodyear Tire Stores
in Glasgow and was recently employed by Dart Container at Horse Cave in a forklift
maintenance and supervisor position.
Mr. Brooks was a longtime member of the Bear Wallow Masonic Lodge and a
founding and charter member since 1980 of the Corvettes Limited Corvette Club
of Bowling Green. He was serving and was recently reelected as vice president
of the club. He was also a member of the National Corvette Museum of Bowling
Green, doing much volunteer work and was a contributor to its displays. He
was an avid hunter and sportsman and a member of the Christian faith.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beverly Jackson Brooks
of Glasgow; one daughter, Amber Leeson and husband Bruce Leeson of Glasgow;
one grandson, Samuel Leeson of Glasgow; and his many friends.
Funeral services will be noon Saturday at the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home
with burial in the Ollie Cemetery in Ollie. Visitation will be after 10 a.m.
Friday at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service held 6 p.m.
Friday night at the funeral home and the public is welcome to attend.
Alternate expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions
to American Cancer Society Research, c/o/ Nancy Richardson, 222 Shelley Drive,
Glasgow, Ky. 42141
(From the Glasgow Daily Times, Thursday November 15, 2001)
Roger Brooks, as I will remember him.
The love of Corvettes and his friends was a "Big" thing to a "Big"
guy. I am not talking about physical size as much as I am talking
about the size of his heart. Roger Brooks will be missed by many
people old and young alike. I can only remember Roger and things
that happened from 1980 when we started this club. Roger was well
respected by the majority of people present at Greenway Chevrolet
that August 7th, 1980 and was elected to the office of Vice President.
He has supported our club with his special talents, the love of
Corvettes and fun. He has been our club chef many times at many
outings. Campbellsville Corvette Show was one of his favorite shows
for us to show up in force and he always fed us well.
The Corvette Homecoming in June was, until late, a show that he
like to attend and race his old midyear before he sold it.
He was always at the National Corvette Museum when they need some
help and he was "The Man" on the main gate with Dennis Collins.
During the years that followed 1980 I learned that Roger was the
man with the knowledge about Corvettes. I believed that I had worked
at the Corvette Plant longer than Roger had worked on Corvettes
but he had a more complete knowledge about the Corvette than I ever
will. He helped me with increasing my abilities with paint and body
work but I will never be able to paint a car like Roger. He made
them beautiful even though the Corvette he started on was good looking.
Few people have impressed me like Roger did. I can only say that
I will miss a very "Big" guy that I liked to call my friend. God
Bless you Roger.
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Volunteers ready for action with Roger amongst them as he always was.
He believed that all Corvette people should be a member AND support the
National Corvette Museum all the time.
Roger is holding this Special Plate "Dale Earnhardt, Inc." that he acquired
during the autograph session with Dale Jr. at the National Corvette Museum.
Roger was a devoted Dale Earnhardt fan.
Roger with his cooking crew (Beverly & Bob) start setting up. Roger thought
we should have a strong presence at the Campbellsville Corvette Show and
he always fixed our food at that event.
After the food was done and put away, Roger would always take a refreshing swim in the lake. He finally
got a couple of our members to join him for his traditional swim
Roger always liked a little fun and here he is kidding Mike Wilson who is receiving the Lost Sheep
Award for the second time.
Roger presenting Judy Yanko the award for "High Bonus Total" at the awards dinner after our Spring Rally.
Roger & Bob Smith took great pride in setting this rally up.
Roger and Beverly in the kitchen making coleslaw the night before the Campbellsville Show.
Roger with a heavy load during one of the NCM's many shows. As always, a smile on his face enjoying the fun.
Roger giving Nick Riley the first hot dog of the day at the 20th Anniversary Picnic.
Roger and fellow officers a few years back. His guidance was a key to our clubs success.
At this NCM show the crew seems to be blocking any traffic. Gary Cockriel and Roger are having
a good relaxed talk while uniformed officers stand by.
Preparing the 1997 Corvette
for the "Offical" unveiling at the NCM, our club, with the help of Roger, slips on a "Corvettes Limited" plate.