Last Wednesday, seven-year-old Mark Allen Brooks accidentally drowned in Lake Palestine. Today, his father called us wanting to let the community know about the son he said was so full of love. "He's supposed to be doing this for me, it's not supposed to be this way. It's supposed to be the other way around."
At home in the Sunrise Shore Addition on Lake Palestine, Wednesday afternoon, Mark Brooks got word from officials that his son and younger friend wandered off without telling anyone and that mark was missing.
Within the hour, only several feet away from the Sunrise Shore boat dock, "Little Mark" was found and brought up by divers. He was briefly resuscitated but could not be saved.
"That's been the hardest you know-asking why. He was so full of life," Mark said about his son. Since his death, dozens of people from the community have come by to pay their last respects. "I just didn't know he was that connected with everybody around here- from his bus driver, to the pastor, and other kids," said Mark.
In dealing with his heartbreak, Mark refuses to reflect on the situation with anger. "I don't think it was God being mean or anything like that. I just think that he was here for several years to bring joy to people's lives. That's what anybody would tell you."
Now, all they have left are things to remember their son by and his love that they say will always be with them. "They'll be nobody else like him...not like him. He had a big heart for a little man. That's the only way you can put it."
Funeral services for Mark Allen Brooks will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Chandler Memorial Funeral Home.
The family didn't have life insurance on Mark. An account has been set up to help cover funeral expenses at Citizen's State Bank in Chandler. To make a donation you can call them at 903-849-3551 during regular business hours.