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Monty Brooks transitioned peacefully on Saturday June 24, 2023, at Prisma Richland Medical Center in Columbia. A fighter to the end, he lost his battle due to extensive injuries sustained from an auto accident weeks before. He was born on March 10, 1950, the only child of the late Joe and Carrie Lee (Stradford) Brooks. Monty grew up surrounded by his many cousins and friends. Educated in the Linden NJ Public School System. At an early, age he developed a love of sports. He was a star football, basketball and track athlete at Linden High School. In 1973, Monty met Denise Sanders and they were married in 1981 at his mother’s home in Dalzell. Monty was an attentive, loving, doting parent to Damond and Jamal, getting great pleasure from their spontaneous outings to the Jersey shore and parts unknown. Every summer, Monty drove his boys to spend the hot summer in SC with their grandmother. A graduate of Seton Hall University (NJ), he was active with the Black Student Union on campus. After retiring, Coach Brooks was recruited by Long Island University to coach shot putt and javelin for the varsity’s Track and Field. He was a winning coach throughout his career, receiving many awards and five championship rings, including NCAA for coaching at LIU. Monty relocated to Dalzell in 2020 to join his son, Jamal. Before Monty left NJ, he developed a passion for classic cars, driving his 1964 Buick Riveria all over, especially to the car shows. In SC, he began competing, adding to his collection a real winner, a 1948 Chevy. Over 20 trophies were awarded to him giving him great joy! Left to cherish his memory: two sons, Damond Sanders and Jamal Brooks; one grandson Quentin Brooks; three adopted sisters, Martha Smith, Mary and Carrie Diane Brooks of Bishopville; one adopted brother, James Brooks of Columbia, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 271 Lightwood Knot Road, Dalzell. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Friday, June 30, 2023 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Raymond Cook, Jr., Eulogist. The Funeral procession will leave the home at 2:20 p. m. Burial will be in the New Haven United Methodist Church Cemetery, 3159 Red Hill Road, Bishopville.

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