Dr. Benjamin T. Brooks

January 23, 1935February 9, 2019

Benjamin T. Brooks, Jr. of Oak Island, N.C. passed away on February 9th, 2019.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th at Southport Baptist Church.

Ben was a native of Anson County, N.C., a graduate of Brevard College, the University of South Carolina and earned his Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ben enjoyed a long career in education, serving as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He was Superintendent of Lee County Schools, Durham City Schools and Brunswick County Schools. Ben concluded his career as an administrator for the Marlboro County Schools prior to his retirement in 2000.

Ben was active in many civic and community activities, including the Lions Club of Enfield, Sanford and Southport as well as the Lexington Rotary club. He found early success in life, being named “Tar Heel of the Week” in 1969 by the Raleigh News and Observer. Ben served on the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society and actively supported beach conservation activities. He represented Brunswick County on the Southeastern Economic Development Council and served on the board of State Employees Credit Union. One of his special interests was supporting the MS Bike Ride with the Oak Island Riders.

Ben took great pride in remaining a loyal member of Southport Baptist Church for forty years, serving as an Usher and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee.

While all of his accomplishments were important, none meant more to him than being the unofficial Ambassador of Oak Island. He did not know a stranger and could be found most mornings at the Flying Pig Coffee shop. He would introduce first timers to all of the happenings on Oak Island and lend a caring ear to all of the locals. If you needed wisdom, Ben was your “go to.”

Ben was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and true friend. He instilled loyalty into his children and always lived by the mantra, “If you want to have friends, you have to be one.” Ben was predeceased by his wife of forty six years, Faye Horton Brooks, his parents B. Tim and Mary Poplin Brooks, a brother Harold Lamar Brooks and a sister Miriam Brooks Burr. Surviving are his children Benjamin T. Brooks III (Emily), Mary Shawn Huggins (Mark), Carole Brooks Dodson (Alan) and grandchildren Megan Fisher (Nathan), Ashley Nelson (Rob), Haley Brooks, Cooper Brooks, Hill Brooks and Brooke Huggins. He had one great granddaughter Evie Fisher.

Memorials can be made to Southport Baptist Church at 200 N. Howe Street, Southport, NC 28465, SECU Hospice House at 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia, NC 28422 or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 16, 2019

Dr. Benjamin T. Brooks

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Jack and Betty Oldham(Oak Island)

February 13, 2019

Ben was a fine man and will be missed. He always spoke to us with a warm smile. May God be with the Family in this time of sorrow.

Jennie Weatherly

February 12, 2019

Such a nice man. Worked with Mr. Brooks, for many years in Marlboro County. You could count on him. He was always willing to offer a helping hand and kind word. He will be missed. 🙏

BJ Ellender

February 12, 2019

To All of Ben's Family,

For as much as we can , we share your loss. Ben was a friend in many of the ways mentioned, we will miss him. We will not forget him and the many contributions he made, big and small, to our Community.

May the love of God, Family, and Friends sustain you through these difficult days.

With our love,
BJ Ellender & Jack royal

John W Rives

February 12, 2019

I was a student of Enfield Graded School in the 50’s and 60’s (graduated in 1968). I have a lot of fond memories of Mr. Brooks (he was always Mr. Brooks) as principal during my high school formative years. He was perceived to be very strict, but he always fair. It was a different era. Boy, do I miss those times. May he rest In peace. With deepest sympathies to his family.

Bruce and Marge Pennington

February 12, 2019

We have missed Ben a great deal. He always added to the friendship and fun of our Friday Night Dinner group. As all of us are grandparents, he never failed to show pictures and brag about his family right along with the rest of us! He truly loved his children and grandchildren. May all the memories you have shared with him over a lifetime bring many smiles, rather than tears to your hearts. Peace be with each of you. Peace be with you Ben. Bruce and Marge

David & Johnnerlyn Johnson

February 11, 2019

We will recall, with fond memories, your term as our principal of the newly consolidated Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, SC. Thanks for your service.

Donna Fields

February 11, 2019

Oh my goodness all I can say is what a special person he was !! I knew him from Russells place , I have served him and his family for many many years and it was always a pleasure to see them all . He loved his family so much and would boast to me about certain things they did to make him so proud and there were many things , he would just glow as he would tell me . My thoughts and prayers are with the family !!! Yes very special man indeed !!!!

Ken Keith

February 11, 2019

I shared several bike rides for MS with Ben. We found that we both had a background in Lilesville,sharing stories of places we knew.
Ben was a kind man with a quiet and sly sense of humor.
He will be greatly missed by many.

Michelle Holcomb

February 11, 2019

Such a fine man. Fond memories of him and the
Brooks family. Sending love and prayers to the family. 🙏❤️

Kim Anderson

February 11, 2019

Dr. B will not only be remembered as giving me my jump start into college, but as a champion of education. He always had time for a chat and to listen. I will always remember hanging out at the Brooks family home and being treated like family.

My love to you all,
Kim Skipper Anderson