One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for August 12, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Late yesterday afternoon I was returning to UNC Pembroke and Lumbee Hall with the chancellor of the university. We spotted a good friend named Paul Brooks sitting in his vehicle. Paul had just left Lumbee Hall and was sitting in his car in the parking lot.
We approached him and struck up a conversation and found out that he had just paid his son’s tuition. He was sitting reflecting on his oldest son getting ready to be a college student. His reflection led me to reflect on the fact that Paul Brooks makes living and working in Pembroke special.
Back in 2006 when UNC Pembroke started a football team and began to hire coaches one of the first families that reached out to our new coaches was Paul Brooks and his family. Today Paul serves as the Executive Director of Scotland Regional Health Network based in Laurinburg, NC.
Away from his job he continues to amaze me on the way he finds to serve others including the football team at UNC Pembroke. Paul was born and raised in Pembroke, he comes from a large family in the Robeson County area. Many of Paul’s family members are either in the health care, education fields, or in the ministry. His family for the past 20 years family has been serving Scotland and Robeson counties with home care needs.
Though extremely busy with his family businesses Paul likes the challenge that his role as Executive Director presents him. He is very visible in the community and helps provide community members with the health care services they need. He also assists in identifying the need for new physicians. Paul’s ability to build relationships with physicians and midlevel providers in the region is a valuable asset to Scotland Health Care Network. He brings valuable experience from his role with Prestwick Village and his term on the Scotland Health hospital board. He has a great personality and this role as Executive Director is perfect for him.
Paul graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is quite involved in community activities, having served on the Pembroke Recreation Board. He has coached a boy’s baseball team for several years and served on the Christian Camp Board in Winston-Salem for many years, He is a Sunday School teacher and for the past 27 years has preached whenever he has been given the opportunity. Some of that ministry has included serving as the chaplain for the Braves Football team.
His wife Beverly Brooks is his best friend.
The Friend-PAUL BROOKS
The Friend of the Friend-BEVERLY BROOKS
Beverly Brooks is special for a lot of reasons but let me give you five of them. Joshua, Josiah, Luke, Nate, and Ben her five sons. I am a dad to five children including four sons and I know what a special woman it takes to be a mom to a large family. Beverly not only has five boys she has very active sons. Her house is a combination home and gymnasium.
A great picture of Beverly’s family.
She is a woman who has a strong Christian faith and she utilizes that foundation in being a mom and wife. That part of her life is also a big reason for her being a friend to many including a large number of the wives of current and past UNCP football coaches.
For coaches transition to a new place is part of the profession but it does present challenges to their families and spouses. When you get in a community like Pembroke and find a woman like Beverly Brooks who does whatever it takes to make you feel welcomed it eases the transition pain. I would put Beverly Brooks up against any “Welcome Wagon” you can think of. She is like her husband Paul and approaches newcomers to the community as family.
My hope is in some small way all of us that work at UNCP will be able to ease her transition as a mom as her oldest son goes off to college. She deserves it!