Carol Verna Brooks

December 20, 1937February 10, 2021

Carol Verna Brooks, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at her home in Columbia, SC. She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-three years, Francis “Tommy” Brooks; her daughter, Cathy Lynn Brooks of Columbia, SC; her son, Gregory Lee Brooks (Nanette) of Columbia, SC and grandsons, Thomas Joseph Brooks and Cameron Lee Brooks, both of Columbia, SC. Carol was predeceased by her parents, Vernon and Louise and her brother, Thomas.

Carol was born in Baltimore, MD on December 20, 1937. She and Tommy married in 1957 and lived in Virginia for 18 years before moving to Columbia, SC in 1978.

Carol was employed in the retail industry for many years and was manager and a buyer for Trump’s gift shop in Columbia Mall. She delighted in helping her customers find the perfect gift or accessory. Carol loved gardening and decorating and was an avid reader. She enjoyed travel, especially trips to Europe and annual trips to the mountains. She was known for her elegance and good humor. She was an excellent cook, and her Maryland crab cakes and lasagna were family favorites.

Carol found her greatest joy as a wife, mother, and grandmother. To Tommy she was a devoted, loyal life partner and companion. To Cathy and Greg, she was a supportive, generous mother. To Cameron and Thomas, she was a constant, loving presence in their lives. Carol’s family and friends cherish her memory.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Carol’s memory to Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201 or online at

A private memorial gathering will be held at a future date.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Linda Thrash Hemler

February 20, 2021

To a lovely welcoming lady. Was looking forward to seeing you at my son’s wedding reception this summer.
I will always remember and cherish your visits to Williamsburg and Tennessee with Cathy.
Rest In Peace sweet lady. You will be missed.

Martha Reid

February 18, 2021

I am so sad for the family. Through the years I have heard so many good things about this precious lady I feel like I know her. She was an incredible lady who I know will be missed. My heart and prayers are with each one of you. May God bless your days ahead with peace. Cathy is a dear friend of many years and I'm sorry for your grief. You have lots of great memories and (pictures if Cathy was involved) of times with her and your family. God Bless and my love, Martha Reid

Kevin Kolb

February 18, 2021

Just wanted to say how very sorry I was to hear about your moms passing, and to let you know the Kolb’s will be praying for you and your family.
With my sincere condolences,