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Obit: Tom Brocker -An African American Obituary

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Obit: Tom Brocker -An African American Obituary

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Tom Brocker Tom Brocker was born August 25, 1942 and grew up in Austin, Texas. He attended L.C. Anderson High School for one year and transferred to Stephen F. Austin High School from which he graduated in 1961. Tom Brocker was a record-sitting track and field athlete and won the district long jump competition with a leap of almost 24 feet in his senior year at Austin High. During his high school years his talents as a singer also became apparent through his participation as lead singer in a group that performed throughout the Austin area. In the fall of 1961 Tom Brocker moved to San Francisco where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree from SF City College, while continuing to pursue his dreams of becoming a successful singer and music writer. Following college, Tom worked as a communication industry executive in the SF Bay area while continuing to develop his musical talents. In the late 60's Tom's hard work and commitment to his art was rewarded with a contract from 20th Century Fox Music Division as a performer, writer and music arranger with Barry White and other artists. Within 5 years of signing with 20th Century Fox, Tom's first and only album was released and achieved moderate success in the United States and much wider acceptance in Europe where it is still in demand. Tom's visionary approach to his music has stood the test of time with some of his songs being used by modern performers including Jay-Z. Tommy died of natural causes in his residence in Richmond, California on May 25, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Doris Brocker, their two daughters, Karisa, Julia and son David Brocker who all reside in Tennessee, and his daughter, Regina Ollison and grandson Michael Adelecum who reside in California; sisters, Myrtle Thigpen (Lee), Jewel Caldwell, both of Austin, Edith Hardeman of Dallas, A. Raye Franklin of Austin, Catherine Simm of Odessa, Savannah Cole of Norfolk, Virginia; brother, Fred Brocker (Dianne) of Fredrick, Maryland; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 6:30 p.m. at King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.

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