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Collierville in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Tom Brooks Park

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By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
1. Tom Brooks Park Marker
Inscription.  Herbert Thomas Brooks served in community leadership roles for over 50 years. His leadership and vision affected almost every facet of the community and can be seen in the physical beauty of Collierville's landscape as well as the design of the buildings, roads and parks. His influence also shaped the growth and development of schools throughout Shelby County.

A Pharmacist by trade, Mr. Tom owned and operated a local drug store for years, where he took a personal interest in the health and well being of children and the elderly. He married Kelsey Jones, an influential Collierville native in her own right, and raised two daughters, Watson Brooks Hall and Amy Brooks. Their lifelong home is just a few blocks from here. Mr. Tom is a proud graduate of his beloved University of Tennessee with a degree from the College of Pharmacy in 1953.

Tom Brooks served on the Planning Commission from 1959 to 1999. Elected Alderman in 1974, he served as Vice-Mayor from 1978 until 1999. He served on the Shelby County Board of Education for eight years. Mr. Brooks is a member of Collierville United Methodist Church and served in numerous civic and professional
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By Lee Hattabaugh, October 21, 2010
2. Tom Brooks Park Marker
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organizations. The recipient of numerous honors, he is most proud of the C.H. Harrell Award for Education, and the community's highest honor, the Collierville Person of the Year.

To honor his years of devotion and contributions to the community, in 2009 the Town dedicated this space "Tom Brooks Park." This gathering place reflects the qualities of Tom's life and character as a place where friends gather to share stories, offer support and build upon lifelong friendships. It is fitting that such a place was chosen to honor those qualities of Tom Brooks so that future generations may know and enjoy "Mr. Tom's Park."
Erected 2009 by Town of Collierville.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureCharity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionEducationParks & Recreational AreasRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1953.
Location. 35° 2.627′ N, 89° 40.026′ W. Marker is in Collierville, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is on Walnut Street south of West Poplar Avenue (Tennessee Highway 57), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Collierville TN 38017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort/Stockade (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Chalmers's Collierville Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Collierville (within shouting distance of this marker); Treating the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); Collierville High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Presbyterian Church of Collierville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collierville.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 735 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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