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“I was so sorry to hear about Big Daddy Don's passing. I was one of his partners when he worked on the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit. He was such a...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Nola Bricker - Albany, GA

“Although I did not personally know your father, I had to send my condolences. There were so many law enforcement vehicles at BFH yesterday I...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Ann Monk - sylvester , GA - none

“Lt. Brooks (aka: Papa Smurf) was a wonderful man. I worked with Lt. Brooks many Years, Dougherty County Police and the Drug Unit. He always had a...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Sherry Stovall - Albany, GA

“I worked with Don several years with the Dougherty County Police Department, was a good man and friend God speed to the family Jesus has a new angel. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Jerry Gentry - Friend

“Penelope our deepest condolences to you & your family. Prayers for strength & peace to get through this difficult time. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Preethi & Pramod - Keller, TX

“Sympathy to all of Don's family. Wish we could be there with you. We are sending our thoughts and prayers. Winston and Lynn Skinner Walter "Duke"...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Winston Skinner - Newnan, GA

“Mr.Don what an awesome man he was ! He loved so many and we were like part of his family and he was to ours , he has given us so much advice on life...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Sheila Burnham - friend

“I worked with Don at DCP about 30 years ago. I always remember him as a compassionate person and a great officer.It was a pleasure to have had him as...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Mack Herrington - Andersonville, GA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don was a devoted law enforcement officer and a good man. He will be missed. ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Tommy and Carol

“Don was a good friend and a legendary law enforcement officer. My wife and I will miss him very much. He was a great American and it was an honor to...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Jimmy Sexton - Leesburg, GA

“Our deepest condolences in your loss of Don we had a lot of good times together and alot of good memories,if there is anything we can do please feel...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: BILLIE MCDOWELL - cordele, GA

“Penelope & Miss Gail, We are so sorry for your loss. Don will be truly missed by so many of us that had the privilege to know him over the years....Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Jonathan Patton - Friend

“Penny, I thank our Lord Jesus Christ for comforting you. Our prayers are with you! Ron & Carol ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Ron & Carol Long - Albany, GA

“Penny you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this time of sadness. Love you! ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Lacey Lamb Wynn - Nashville, GA

“So sorry to hear about Don. We thought highly of him. He always had a great smile and full of laughter. He will be missed. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: gena burnham - sylvester, GA


Mr. George LaDon "Don" Brooks was born May 5, 1944 in Haleville, Alabama close to the family homestead in Abbeville.
He passed away suddenly on February 15, 2013 after a recent hospital stay for a heart condition.
The funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday February 18, 2013 at Banks Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Albany. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Banks Funeral Home.
He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Mrs. Rhoda Caroline "Carolyn" or "Callie" Zorn Brooks Pace, his father, Mr. Edward Donald Brooks, and the sweet man who raised him from the age of six as his own son, Mr. George McKinley "Pop" Pace, as well as his sister Ms. Maureen Dyes, all of Albany.
He is survived by his heartbroken daughter and only child, Penelope ("Penny") Michele Brooks Plambeck (Sebastian) and his former wife of over 35 years of marriage who remained very close to him, Ms. Charlene Gail "Gail" Jones Brooks of Thomasville, along with his dear sisters, Ms. Willene Mitchell of Jacksonville, Fl, Ms. Joette Leel of Albany, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Don was employed for over 40 years as a Policeman, spending the vast majority of his career with the Dougherty County Police Department. Over the years he served in many leadership roles including Sergeant and Lieutenant as well as being a Criminal Investigator/Detective and Vice Squad member. When he retired he would still dream about catching criminals and said he often woke up feeling as he worked all night. In reality he often did work all night and most holidays, in addition to moonlighting as a security guard in order to provide for his family. His daughter Penelope is an Officer with The Department of Homeland Security and is so proud to carry a badge just like her daddy did and honor his service.
Don was an avid reader and loved knowledge and learning, spending many hours at the library taking home as many books as he could hold. He could tell you all about facts or figures from what a dromedary camel is to how to grow organic produce and knew every politician's history and position. He voted in every single election he could locally and nationally. He loved perusing thrift stores and dollar stores for fun and was a generous man, often tipping more than the entire cost of the meal. He was a tenderhearted animal lover and rescued multitudes of stray dogs and cats throughout his life. He loved to watch the deer, cows, guinea fowl and geese outside his window in the country and he fed them as well. He greatly enjoyed sharing and discussing his love of antique rifles and guns with his son-in-law, Mr. Sebastian Plambeck of Hamburg, Germany, whom he loved as his own son and had always said so.
His last words to his daughter were, "I love you. Bye". He is sorely missed and will never be forgotten. Our hearts are broken.

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Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester is in charge of the arrangements.

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