Brooks Winchester Lansing, Sr., age 87, died at home on September 28, 2020 surrounded by his family.
Born Dec. 4, 1932 in East Orange, N.J., Brooks was the son of John Edward and Annie Lois Brooks Lansing. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Brentley Lansing.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 64 years, Julia Beall Daughdrill Lansing; sons and daughters-in-law, Brooks Lansing Jr. of Rocky Face, Jim Lansing (June) of Tunnel Hill, John Lansing (Duggan) of Atlanta. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandsons, Brook York (Welsey, and their son Cohen) , Austin Lansing (Ashley, and their son Eliyahu), Madeline Lansing, John Lansing, and Elizabeth Lansing.
Brooks received a BBA in Finance from Emory University in 1954 and a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration from Georgia State University in 1967. Brooks moved to Dalton in 1970 to chair the Allied Health Division at Dalton Junior College. He retired as Assistant Professor Emeritus from Dalton State College in 2003 after serving in several other positions including: Title II Coordinator, Interim Director of Research, Planning and Development, and Lecturer with the Division of Business Administration.
In 1984, Brooks was elected to the Whitfield County Board of Commission. He served two terms as a County Commissioner prior to exiting politics in 1991. From 1986 to 1991 he served on the Board of Governors for the Association of County Commissioners for the State of Georgia. Most of all, Brooks enjoyed a successful career as a freelance artist beginning in 1975, and he continued to pursue that passion until the latter years of his life. He touched hundreds of lives with his beautiful landscape, seascape, and still life paintings and commissioned works.
He was a longtime member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and served as a Lay Reader for a time. An active member of the arts community, Brooks served on both the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Creative Arts Guild of Dalton.
At his request and due to complications of COVID-19, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. He will be buried in St. Mark’s Memorial Garden.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the care and professionalism of Hamilton Hospice of Dalton and all of his caregivers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to DEO Clinic, P.O. Box 814, Georgia, Ga 30722-0814 or St. Mark's Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 901 W. Emery St, Dalton, Ga. 30720.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Dr., Dalton, GA 30721, (706) 226-4002,