Wallace S. Brooks Jr., a well-known Baltimore area funeral director, died of a heart attack Feb. 15 at his Cockeysville home. He was 61.
Mr. Brooks was born and raised in Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge High School in 1959, he worked at a local furniture store and at Eastern Shore State Hospital.
Moving to Baltimore in 1963, he served an apprenticeship at William J. Tickner & Sons at North and Pennsylvania avenues. He studied for two years at the Cincinnati College of Embalming, graduating in 1965.
He began working at the William-Cook Brooks Funeral Home in 1967, which was later purchased by Ruck Funeral Homes in 1978. He continued working there until last year, when he joined Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center in Timonium.
Mr. Brooks was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cambridge.
A NASCAR fan, he enjoyed regularly attending races all over the nation. He was also a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows in Towson.
Services were held yesterday in Cambridge.
Mr. Brooks is survived by his mother, Lovenia Raymond Brooks of Cambridge; two sisters, Lena Wallis Fitzhugh and Donna Engle, both of Cambridge; three uncles; an aunt; and many nephews and nieces.