A single ribbon was displayed in remembrance of local businessman and philanthropist Scott Brooks during Friday night’s baseball game at Conway High School.
Brooks was the owner of Scott Brooks Insurance , co-owner of Pam McDowell Properties and the husband of Conway Realtor Pam McDowell.
He died early Friday of Mesothelioma cancer about four months after his diagnosis with his family at his side at the age of 56.
Brooks was a loyal supporter of the Conway baseball program, and his friends described him as a man of compassion and generosity.
"Scott was an absolute class act," Conway Mayor Tab Townsell said. "He was just a genuine personality, a genuine friend — great to be around and a great conversationalist. He cared about everyone."
Velda Lueders, a real estate agent at Pam McDowell Properties, described Brooks as a man prepared to lend a helping hand whenever he could.
"He was generous, he was kind, he was the type of person that if I needed something in the middle of the night, I would never have hesitated to call and ask," Lueders said.
Co-workers are "coping" with the loss of Brooks, Lueders said.
"I got the call at about 2 a.m. and I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I came in
at 7 a.m. and immediately to the left is his part of the office," Lueders said. "He was always there and today he wasn’t, and it just hit me hard. People think it is a cliché but we truly are a family here."
Realtor and friend Mitch Hart described Brooks as "a good, quality person."
"I just loved the guy," Hart said. "He was a very good friend, a great friend, and he was just great to be around."
Brooks began his career in insurance 15 years ago after moving to Conway. He and his wife were married in 1997.
"He and Pam were soulmates," Lueders said. "They had a great wedding and an even better after party."
"He was certainly a great partner for Pam," Townsell said. "My heart goes out to her."
When he wasn’t spending time with his family or working, Brooks could be found on the golf course.
His love for golf led him to become a marshal at the fifth hole at Augusta National for the Masters golf tournament, where he served for seven years.
"He was quite the golfer," Lueders said. "Every year he would travel there and he has lots of golf shots in his office."
Townsell also praised Brooks’ skills on the golf course by saying, "He was very good on the golf course, much better than me."
Brooks is also survived by his parents, Carl Lee and Margret Brooks of Little Rock; one daughter, Allison Brooks of Edmond, Okla.; two sons, Christopher Brooks of Erie, Penn., and Jay McDowell and wife Michelle of Conway; and his sister, Karen Brooks Simpson and her husband Jim.
He was preceded in death by his brother Greg Brooks.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at The Church Alive on Hwy. 65 North in Conway. A memorial service will follow at the church with Pastor Randy Long officiating.
Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Faulkner County Cancer Society.
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