DE SOTO, Texas-The founder of one of the oldest tire wholesalers in Texas, Gregory Brooks, died Feb. 6 of cancer in his De Soto home. He was 70. Mr. Brooks founded Southwest Tire & Supply Co. in Dallas in 1966. The dealership, which continues to operate, also has stores in Houston and Longview, Texas, General Manger J.D. Hart said.
Mr. Brooks was deeply involved in the North Texas Tire Dealers Association, said Kay Knapp, executive director of the Texas Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy; one son; and one daughter.
CLARENCE, N.Y.-Thomas E. Hamilton, a retired Dunlop Tire Corp. vice president, died Feb. 11 in his Clarence home. He was 77.
Mr. Hamilton was born in Ireland but moved to the U.S. as a child. He worked for U.S. Rubber Co. after World War II and joined Dunlop in 1956 as a manager of the New York region. He retired in 1983 as vice president of associated brands.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas D. and Dennis; and two daughters, Judith Sherman and Pamela Edwards.
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan.-William H. Levitta, 83, former co-owner of a St. Joseph, Kan., dealership, died March 1 at his home in Prairie Village.
Mr. Levitta, who was born in Poland, opened Norman Tire Co. in St. Joseph with his late brother, Norman Levitta, in 1939. After his brother's death in 1970, Mr. Levitta continued to own the dealership until he retired in 1983.
Survivors include his son, Bruce, and daughter, Barbara Pape.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.-H. Edward Tiencken, 74, a former partner of Atlantic Tire & Battery Inc., died Feb. 24 at his home in Mount Pleasant.
Mr. Tiencken bought a portion of the single-location Atlantic Tire in Charleston, S.C., which has since been renamed Atlantic Auto Service Inc., about 30 years ago, according to current President Tom Kisling. He became president of the operation and retired in 1985 after suffering a stroke.
Survivors include his wife, Faye; son, H. Edward Jr.; daughters, Jane Mengel and Charlotte Wooldridge; and two sisters.
BOONES MILL, Va.-The former owner of Norman's Crescent Heights Grocery & Tire, Norman Wright, died Feb. 15 at his home in Boones Mill following a heart attack. He was 61.
Mr. Wright founded Norman's Crescent Heights Grocery & Tire as a general store in 1966 and soon began changing and repairing tires outside, according to his son, Tom, current president of Crescent Heights Tire. As the business grew, he began stocking new passenger, commercial and farm tires. He retired in 1993.
Other survivors include his wife, Lois, and sons Jay and David, both employees of Crescent Heights Tire.
BOCA RATON, Fla.-Belle Waze, after whom Belle Tire Distributors was named, died of cancer Jan. 7 at the Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton. She was 97.
Mrs. Waze immigrated to the United States from Kiev, Russia, as a child. She and her late husband, Sam, founded the Detroit-based wholesaling company, Belle Tire, in 1921. She retired in the 1970s and moved to Florida after the family sold the firm.