Gordon Brooks Shows
September 19 1959 - January 22 2018 - Age 58

Brooks Shows, 58, passed away January 22, 2018 in Cullman, Alabama. Among his many talents and interests, Brooks was an AP award-winning photographer, journalist, graphic designer, musician, and die-hard Alabama fan. Free-spirited and adventurous, he was always up for camping, folk and bluegrass music festivals, writing and playing music, debating politics, discussing religion, and interpreting song lyrics. He loved documentary films, old movies, and, of course, watching his beloved Crimson Tide win National Championships. A loving father, Brooks cherished the years spent coaching his daughters in softball and teaching them to sing and play the guitar. An animal lover, he also spent time volunteering at various local humane societies. Loved by many, Brooks was truly an inspiration to his family and friends, all of whom will so deeply miss his wit and wisdom.

Brooks is survived by his daughters Kelly Shows (Wood) , Elizabeth Shows and Erin Shows, four grandchildren, a brother and sisters along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

He was proceeded in death by his mother JoAnne Shows (Tabor) his father Freeman G. Shows and his sister Diane Shows McCarty.

A memorial service will be held February 9th from 7pm to 8pm at Blount Springs Baptist Church 8770 Hwy 31, Hayden AL. Please come out and celebrate the life of the legendary one and only Brooks Shows.

Cullman, AL (current)
Birmingham, AL (birthplace)
Hartselle, AL
Class of 1977

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Esther Wilson
I knew Brooks first as "Dixie". We met on a political message board about 10 years ago. We have all met people and immediately recognized them as kindred spirits, that's how I felt about Brooks. He was a kindred spirit! I loved his willingness to painfully explain his reasoning to who he graciously referred to as "pinheads". We shared a love for Bluegrass, Americana, Rockabilly. He was always warm and kind hearted to me- we became FB friends in real life, and had both shared a desire to one day meet in real life. A meeting that will still happen on the other side of the veil. Good bye for now my kind and sweet friend...
Kelly Marie Wood
I remember our deep sea fishing trip. It was a glass bottom boat and you and I kept catching eels. They freaked me out and you would laugh so hard at my reaction to them. Teaching me to ride a bike I made you promise not to let go and you did anyway but that's how I learned to do it by myself. You were there to catch me if I fell but let me go so that I could learn on my own. You did this a lot in my life daddy. I used to be bitter and think it was because you didn't care but now that I have kids of my own I know exactly why you did things the way you did. Teaching me to drive a stick shift in your Toyota corolla and I swore we were gonna crash when you told me to get on the interstate. But you were right there holding my hand over the gear shift making sure I didn't stall out. When I thought I couldn't do it and would try to give up you refused to let me have that option. You told me I could do ANYTHING I set my mind to and you never gave up on me. Even in my worst days you were defending me against the wolves when I wasn't able to do it alone. I remember when you held your first grandchild for the very first time. You came by the house when everyone was gone except me and the baby. You held him and that's the first time I ever saw you bawl your eyes out. Tears of pure joy. So many memories and so many lessons learned from you daddy and I know you're right here with me still. You'll always be. I will see you again one day. Until then rest in paradise. I can see your smile it's so bright and you are so full of happiness and peace. I love you so much dad.