History

History

Brooks & White Funeral Home and Crematory has been serving Roxboro area families for over 100 years. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.


George Brooks (left) and Cyrus White


Cyrus White (Founder)

Brooks & White Funeral Home and Crematory was founded prior to 1914 in Hurdle Mills, NC by George D. Brooks and Cyrus Clifton White. They ran a blacksmith shop, woodworking shop, country store and garage. At that time the infant mortality rate was high and they offered infant caskets for sale in the store and then they later began providing a service. In the late 1920's, George D. Brooks moved to Semora in adjoining Caswell County and started a country store and funeral home. In the early 1930's, Merle Brooks, the oldest daughter of George D. Brooks graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN and went on to become one of the first female embalmers in the State of North Carolina.


Cyrus White


C. J. White


Lawrence White


Jack White

Later, the First Bank of South Boston was purchased and converted into a funeral home. This firm was named Brooks Funeral Home. Throughout the years, many of the family connections were employed by this firm. The next funeral home that was purchased was in Yanceyville, NC. This made the fourth in the Brooks & White organization. Following World War II in which four of five of Cyrus's sons were involved (the fifth and youngest son was in Korea), the oldest son, C.J. was sent to Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN and graduated June 28, 1947. C.J. then served his apprenticeship under Merle Brooks in South Boston. In 1951, the three brothers C.J., Lawrence and Jack White bought the J.J. "Dick" Woody Funeral Home from his widow and operated out of the house at 522 S. Main Street for the next 30 years. After many years of work and planning, Brooks & White Funeral Home and Crematory was moved in 1981 to its current location at 907 Durham Road.


Current Owners

Upon the death of each brother, a portion of the business was left to their family. Jack's son, Jack W. "Bill" White, Jr. has been a licensed funeral director since 1982. Lawrence's daughter, Laurie W. Wrenn became a licensed funeral director in 1988. Her husband, Robert C. Wrenn graduated from Gupton-Jones in Atlanta, GA in 1988 and is now a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Lawrence's oldest daughter, Shirley W. Bradsher, serves as a board member. C.J.'s son, James H. "Jimmy" White graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 1997 and is now a licensed funeral director and embalmer.
 

 

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