Moriah Peterson, story and photos:
Family, friends, community members, and veterans gathered at the intersection of Briar Creek Rd. and Dickeys Mill Rd. to honor fallen solider, US Army Private First Class Thomas Franklin “Frank” Brooks, who died in captivity on December 10, 1942.
The dedication ceremony of Dickeys Mill Rd. included a welcome from great nephew and US Army CW5 Gerald Carroll, who told the family history and story of Frank Brooks.
The emotional ceremony included a prayer a by VFW Chaplin Brother Paul Vincent, and a speech from Judge Executive Wil Cannon. “I’ve said it before, that I believe Edmonson County is the most patriotic place there is,” said Cannon. “We love our flag and we love our Veterans.” Brownsville VFW Post Commander Floyd Houston did the Recognition of Flags and the Ceremony was concluded with the rifle volley and the playing of Taps by Brownsville VFW members.
The following are veteran descendants of Smith and Fannie Bell Brooks:
Dickeys Mill Rd is the fourth road in the county to be dedicated to a fallen solider. Previous road dedications include Noah Bledsoe Rd to U.S. Army Specialist Elzie Sanders, Jr., who was killed in action during the Vietnam War, Denzil Bullock Road to Private Raymond W. Bullock, who was killed during battle in WWII, and Green Street in Brownsville was dedicated to U.S Marine Corps Co. G, 3rd Marines, Corporal James Larry Hightower who was killed in action in Vietnam.