Oakland Educator Sylverine Brooks, 75


Sylverine Brooks, an Oakland educator, passed away on August 27,  2019.  She was 75.

Born in Nov. 27, 1943 in Hennings, Tenn., she was the daughter of Mary Ella and Johnnie Mac Bradford.

Sylverine received a BS degree from Tennessee State University and a MA from Pepperdine University School of Education. She moved to Oakland in 1965.

She taught math at Castlemont High School for 37 years and retired in 2003. She was a longtime member of Allen Temple Baptist Church where she worshipped for 50 years.

She was married to Donald Brooks and they shared a beautiful life together for 52 years.

“Brooks was a dear, loving, true sister friend- compassionate, kind, giving and caring,” said friend Berta Bryant.

“She was an outstanding educator, competent, skilled and talented math teacher. A wonderful cooperative hard working colleague who loved working and teaching at the Castle. She was the cornerstone of dedication, determination, cooperation and excellence.

“I will always cherish our longtime friendship and the many years of beautiful shared memories,” Bryant said.

Brooks is survived by her husband, Donald; sons Kelvin and Eric; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The viewing will be on Wed., Sept. 11, 2019,. at  CP Bannon Mortuary, 6800 International Blvd. in Oakland from 1:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Thurs., Sept. 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland.

The interment will be at Dixon National Cemetery, Dixon California.


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