Over the years, I had the pleasure of working with Fred at three different grocery stores. Most recently we worked together for seven years at the West Rome Kroger. Fred was a hard worker, having worked his entire life. Even on worn out knees and sore legs, Fred could still out-stock most of today’s “Johnny come latelys.”
We kidded and called each other “cuz” even though we weren’t related.
Another name we called each other was friend. I was proud to call Fred a friend and even prouder he called me one.
While deeply saddened over his passing, I smile and take refuge in the fact that if Heaven has chewing tobacco, Fred is chewing it and if Heaven has a grocery store, Fred is stocking it.
When the West Rome Kroger closed we said our good-byes but I wanted to take one last opportunity to say so long to my “cuz”, my friend and a real grocery man, Fred Brooks.