David Keith Brooks

October 22, 1956 – June 3, 2020

David “Keith” Brooks, 63, of College Station, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A visitation will be held on June 8, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, with a Rosary beginning at 6:00 pm in the Bluebonnet Chapel at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. Please see the Callaway-Jones Facebook page for live coverage of rosary beginning at 6:00pm.

Funeral services will be held on June 9, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish in College Station, Texas, with Rev. Albert LaForet officiating. Services will be stream online on YouTube channel for St.Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish at https://youtu.be/QY1smCc9mu4. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Latium, Texas.

David “Keith” Brooks was born on October 22, 1956, to Charleen Vernell Blaschke and Ellis Elgan Brooks, Jr. in Sugar Land, Texas. Debbie and Keith were childhood sweethearts; they married and had one son, Richard, who was born in 1979.

In 1986, Keith and Debbie took on what has become a lifetime project, Post Oak Florist. It was here that both Keith and Debbie were able to create the most beautiful floral arrangements that over the years, would become treasured memories for brides and many other memorable occasions. Keith was a master designer when it came to flowers. His arrangements were always unique and amazing. Keith also loved to garden and was very creative in his designs. He was an avid painter and he loved antique restoration. Keith loved all animals, but had a special love for cats. He always had a story to share or a tale up his sleeve. Truth or fable, they never failed to entertain. Genealogy and heritage were also among his many interests. Keith served on the on the board of the Bridal Association as well as the Texas State Florist Association for many years. He was dedicated and well respected.

Debbie and Keith loved the Renaissance Festival and all the events; this began with Richard acting in the event shows and it grew into a favorite pastime. One of his greatest loves was attending Renaissance Faires. Keith considered Scarborough Renaissance Festival as his home Faire. He was an active member of the “Queen’s Own Highlanders” and was made a Knight of “The Order of the Thistle”; a position he honored with pride and distinction. He loved the Scottish traditions. Keith cared deeply for the arts and made it his life’s work to bring beauty and artistry at its absolute best to the Brazos Valley. He was a friend to all and a great comfort and support to everyone around him. Those who worked for him were always treated like family, with kindness, compassion and care. He was very giving and would give the shirt off his back for those in need. He will be sorely missed.

Keith is preceded in death by his father Ellis Elgan Brooks, Jr; grandparents Ellis E. Brooks, Sr. and Pearl Brooks; Rudolf Blaschke and Martha Blaschke.

Survivors include wife Deborah Brooks, son Richard Brooks of Marysville WA, mother Charleen Vernell Brooks; brother Craig Brooks and his wife Dolores, sister-in-law Rebecca Braeuer and her husband Ronald, brother-in-law Timothy Schumann, sister-in-law Sandra Turner her husband Glenn Turner, Jr; sister-in-law Kathleen Neuland her husband Ted Neuland, brother-in-law Jeffrey Schumann and his wife Stephanie. Nieces and Nephews Joseph Maxey, Colleen Pubchara, Pamela Shini, Nicholas Turner, Cameron Turner, Meghan Neuland, Jordan Schumann and Sara Schumann and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Sister by choice Karen Birkner of the Netherlands and many adopted nieces.

Donations may be made in memory of Keith Brooks to the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra; the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley 4180 Hwy 6 S.College Station, TX 77845.

Website Donation Link: acbv.org/p/about/donate

Express condolences at CallawayJones.com.


  1. Dearest Cousin Keith.I will always treasure the fond childhood memories we made together at family gatherings & summer vacations spent together. Your love for God’s nature & creation was made evident through your artful talents near & wide. I thank God for you & your life. We pray your soul is at peace, safe within the arms of Christ. You will be greatly missed dear cousin.Much love & prayers.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Heaven received another angel. God bless

  3. We never would have felt ready to say good-bye to someone as special as Keith, but this timing feels especially tough. Wishing your family comfort and strength for the days and weeks ahead. We’ll be praying for all of you.

  4. To our sweet cousin Keith, a beautiful son, husband, father and friend to so many. Embrace in your loving arms all who are grieving the loss of our adored Keith. Be with his beloved family and friends in our sorrow. Uphold us with your strength dear Lord for your strength is the strongest. Cover Aunt Vernell, Debbie, Richard, Craig and Delores with your great wings of love and comfort. Lord please lift up their hearts, their eyes so that they may catch a glimpse of eternity in the promise of heaven above. We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
    With our deepest condolences.


  5. Sending love, hugs and prayers for God’s comfort and peace to you Aunt Nell, Debbie, Richard, Craig and Dolores. Our hearts ache for you all knowing you didn’t get to say your goodbyes to Keith, since he passed so suddenly and unexpectedly. He was a great man with a loving and caring heart. I have fond memories of him from our childhood at GoGos’ house, especially during summer visits. He was always so sweet, funny and caring. Heaven truly has a new angel watching over us all! May he Rest In Peace in the God’s heavenly kingdom. I’m sure he had an awesome welcoming committee of family and friends there, in addition to Jesus’ loving arms.
    With love,
    Suzanne (Blaschke) Majewski

  6. Dear Debbie

    Your pain is in my heart. I will never ever forget all you and Keith did for me and the kindness showed when Sam was killed. God Bless you all and may He hold you and Richard close.

    With much love and prayer. Betsy

  7. Debbie we were shocked to hear about Keith. We always enjoyed his stories and his great personality. We will miss him at our family gatherings. Always know God is with you with Keith beside him. All our love. Ray and Ruthie Barron

  8. I am saddened to hear of Keith’s passing. It came as a total shock. May God be with you and your family during this time. He will give you strength and guidance.

    Kristi Williams Barrios

  9. Dear Debbie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and Keith have made everyone of the milestones in our families life be so beautiful. Wrapping God’s arms around you and Richard. With our deepest condolences.
    Love Jennifer & Greg Nelson

  10. Debbie and Richard,

    There are no words to express the sorrow I feel at the sudden loss of Keith. You all have been family to me since the first day I walked through the doors at Postoak Florist over 34 years ago. I found a home with all of you. You and Keith taught me so much about design and life. Our flower shop family is part of who I am. A piece of me is a little lost without him. I will forever be grateful for the memories, laughs and ever the tears we have shared. I pray for peace and comfort for you both.

  11. Our deepest condolences to Debbie and her son and to the entire family. Stay strong Debbie, we love you and will keep you in our prayers. As we say he who had and raised children is not dead he will always be remembered by the way his son will take care of of his deeds and be a pillar to his mother in life. I , Asaad shini, always enjoyed talking to you Debbie and have met your life time on happy occasions. You are strong and the pillar in keeping your family together. Keep it up and What you are going through is part of life. I am glad all your family is sharing your grief by the loss of your long years of marriage and the thought that you have been together since seven grade. It is a milestone accomplishment and cherishing your life together. I am sorry I could not be with you at this time but please accept our condones for your loss.
    We will pray for you and for his soul that is now in heaven with our lord Jesus Christ.
    Your friends,
    Asaad and Marianna shini

  12. Debbie, Richard, Vernell, Greg and Lois. Roy and I want you to know that our hearts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time. Keith, well…..he was Keith – a sweet, kind-hearted, intelligent man who always made me laugh. I teasingly called him little brother and he called me sister. I will certainly miss him. God bless you all.

  13. Debbie
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss of dear Keith. You both gave wonderful assistance to the President’s Office for many years and we were so appreciative of your response to our “last-minute requests.” Those were great years and no matter how hectic, we always took time to chat for a minute or have a laugh.
    Keith will be greatly missed by all of his friends. God bless you and your family.
    Sheran Riley

  14. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family of David Keith Brooks at this very sad time in your life. May God enfold you all in his arms and grant you peace and comfort, as only our faith in God can do. With love, Jean Davidson

  15. Prayers for you Debbie and Richard. I have so many great great memories with you all from working for you at Post Oak. Some of the best times of my life. Keith was always so funny and the love y’all shared was testament to what a marriage should be. You will be in my prayers.

  16. So very sorry for your loss.
    Keith was indeed a friend to all and the epitome of a Knight Order of the Thistle.
    He will be missed by many.

  17. I’m so sorry to hear about Keith’s passing. Thinking of all of you and wishing you comfort and strength. Your family has always been a bright light in B/CS. So sorry for this news.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers. May God grant him eternal peace in his kingdom. I will always treasure my memories of spending many hours playing Monopoly at GoGo’s. Godspeed my cousin!

  19. In shock. I had no idea that he was sick. Much sadness for Debbie and the family. Walking a prayer circle around them.

  20. Debbie….our prayers and concerns are with you and yours at this time in your life…
    May your memories of the years spent with Keith be precious ones and may God
    continue to be your blessing and comfort….

  21. I will say a prayer to God to walk with Keith in Heaven.

    Keith was an above average character in life and his presence will be surely missed and felt.

    Debbie and Richard, My heart breaks for you and the loss of such a great man.

  22. I pray you find comfort in knowing God’s love is always with you. Keeping you close in Prayer.

  23. We are so sorry to hear of Keith’s passing and our prayers go out to his family. Keith was a friend from TAMU and the surprisingly was my brother’s in-law. Wonderful, special family.

  24. Debbie:
    Keith touched a lot of people in his life, and I’m so sad to hear that he’s gone. Keith always brought his sense of fun to work, and that made a great impression on me as a young person. It is a testament to your love that you could build both a business and a life together. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  25. Prayers that the family finds peace in Keith’s ( as I grew up playing chess with him at his house and in my backyard ) death . For now he is asleep within Jehovh’s memory and will awaken soon to see us all again in paradise.

  26. My heart grew heavy when I heard the news of Keith’s passing. Prayers and love to his family, friends, and most of all his wonderful wife Debbie and son Richard.

  27. Uncle Keith,
    I will hold my fond memories of you in my heart always. I miss you dearly.

    Aunt Debbie and Richard,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I love you both dearly and wish I were there with you in person as I am in spirit.

  28. Uncle Keith,
    I will hold the memories I have of you fondly in my heart forever. I miss you dearly.

    Aunt Debbie and Richard,
    I am so sorry for you loss. I love you so much and wish I were there with you in person as I am in spirit. I love you both.

  29. Debbie, our prayers are with you! Keith was a wonderful man! May God give you strength and comfort! All our love, Sophia and David Studer

  30. Debbie, Richard & Family,
    We were so terribly sad to hear the new of Keith’s passing. He was such a talented man, and a great supporter of the arts in our community. Both of you helped the Museum and me personally in so many ways — too numerous to count. It truly breaks our hearts. He will be sorely missed.

    Please accept our heartfelt sympathy — our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are making a donation to the Arts Council in his honor. Sending lots of love and hugs. Hang in there.

    All our best,
    Deborah Cowman & the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees & Staff

  31. Debbie, I was very sorry to hear about your husband. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Millie

  32. Dear Debbie, thoughts and prayers for you and your family from a Aggie that worked for y’all while attending A&M.
    I will always remember Keith for his wonderful sense of humor and encouragement.
    Diane Schnetzinger Reis
    Class of 1989

  33. Debbie & Family
    I was so saddened to hear about Keith’s passing. My heart goes out to you during this time. I always enjoyed working for and visiting with you and Keith and wish you much solace in your memories. May the hugs, warm wishes and thoughts of your family of friends, of which there are many, bring you some peace.
    Love & Peace
    Mike Jackson & Tom Spellman


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