Colonel Philip Brooks

  • Born: February 9, 1920
  • Died: July 16, 2020
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Philip by adding your memories and photos.

Col. Philip Brooks, USAF (Ret), 100 years old, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, widower of Estelle Smith Brooks entered into eternal rest Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Philip was born February 9, 1920 in Pensacola, Florida, son of the late Harry Brooks and Bessie Bassett Brooks; spending much of his young life growing up in Jackson, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University and served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years. He flew combat missions in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, where he commanded one of the largest fighter wings in the USAF. His numerous awards include the WWII Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, and Legion of Merit.A life-long golfer, at the age of 89, Philip shot his age at Charleston National Golf Club. At 100, he still enjoyed living independently.

Philip is survived by his daughter, Nancy Brooks Evans of Mount Pleasant, SC; son Philip Lloyd Brooks of Chapel Hill, NC; sister, Mary Pittman of Jay, FL; five grandchildren, Richard Evans, Jr., Randy Evans, Robin Evans Galley, Philip Brooks and Emily Brooks, and 6 great grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, Philip would ask that you say and believe in the Pledge of Allegiance. His private family funeral service will be held graveside Monday, July 27, 2020 at Beaufort National Cemetery, 1601 Boundary Street.

Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My mother in law was Lucy Howell. Lucy's son, Wayne, and I had the great pleasure of knowing Phil through Lucy's years at The Palms.
Lucy, or Lou as Phil called her, and Phil had a very special relationship. They became quite the pair at Happy Hour. They had their designated seats, marked by seat covers made by Phil. They were quite the comical twosome! Where you saw one you would see the other.

When our family would gather at The Palms, Phil was always part of our family dinners! He shared in family birthdays and outings. Wayne and I loved our double dates with them on many occasions! Conversations over dinner with Phil were a delight! He was an incredible man!

Lucy's granddaughters, Jayne and Joanna, her three grandchildren Jackson, Lee, and Annie and Wayne and I appreciated the joy it brought to Lucy in knowing Phil! Lucy, Wayne and Phil are in Heaven now still enjoying an eternal friendship. Thanks for the memories Phil!

We send our love to all of Phil's family.

Posted by Sheila Howell - Memphis, TN - Family Friend   August 16, 2020

I am so grateful I knew Phil through my grandmother, Mary Lou Mapp. He was always good for a joke and pleasant conversation. He was such a impressive man. My condolences and love to his family.

Posted by Carter Clawson    July 20, 2020

Arthur and Sandra send sincere condolences on passing of our dear friend and neighbor. We are blessed to have known him.

Posted by Sandra Spielvogel - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Friend   July 20, 2020

Phil was a great golfer and a greater person. He had the best golf swing in our Tuesday/Friday Sr golf group at Snee Farm, regardless of age. He will be missed!

Posted by Charles Warren - Friend   July 19, 2020

So sorry to hear about Phil. He was a good friend to my father, Don Williams, when Dad came to live at The Palms, not knowing a soul here in Charleston. Phil welcomed Dad, me & my husband to join him for lunch, dinner & Happy Hour! Phil had a great voice & loved to sing love songs to his dear Estelle at Happy Hour. We had some good golf discussions along the way! Farewell to a Dear Friend.

Posted by Donna Williams Smith - Friend   July 19, 2020

Best uncle ever!

Posted by Judy Frascogna - Jackson, MS - Family   July 19, 2020

Uncle Philip was always my favorite uncle. For many years he would remind me that he was my only uncle. I will miss being able to pick up the phone and laugh with him and marvel at his wonderful life. Love to Nancy and Flip and their families.

Posted by Beverly Brooke - Family   July 19, 2020

Our very sincere sympathies.

Posted by Bill snd Liz Shanaman - Mt Pleasant, SC - Friend   July 19, 2020

Family Album

A dinner with Lucy and Phil