|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1954|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 20, 2011|
North Carolina, USA
Mr. John Edward Brewer of Charlotte passed away Thursday, January 20, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. Born April 17, 1954 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Leatrice Clark Brewer and Walter Henry Brewer.
John graduated from Halifax Academy in 1973. He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, trained in electronics at Chanute Air Force Base and achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant. John served throughout the United States and in South Korea during his career as a Flight Simulator Technician. His last duty was with the B2-Stealth Bomber Wing in Warrensburg, MO.
He was a loving and devoted husband; loyal, kind and caring brother and friend. John was an RC airplane enthusiast and a uniquely talented tinkerer, who 'could fix anything.' He always had a ready wit and enjoyed a joke or pun - or, as he would say, he was 'punny!'
John is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Smith Brewer, with whom he celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary on June 11, 2010; daughter, Melanie Wynter; sister, Martha Brewer Denton and her husband, Larry, of Roanoke Rapids; and aunts, Sarah Warren, Anne Stauffer, Caroline Kastelberg, Alice Dickens, and Mary Ladd.
John was predeceased by his parents and mother-in-law, Rose Simril Smith Huneycutt.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00P.M. Sunday, January 23 at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, 7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC, with a memorial service to follow at 3:00 P.M. in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association -Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220.
Published in Charlotte Observer on January 22, 2011
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On April 17, 2011 a military memorial marker will be placed in his family cemetery in Corinth United Methodist Church Cemetery in Littleton, Halifax Co., Co.
John was cremated. He does have a cenotaph marker. The entry for his memorial marker is: John Brewer.
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CHARLOTTE — A memorial service for John Edward Brewer, a native of Littleton, will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, at Bear Swamp Baptist Church, Highway 48, South, followed by a reception and grave marker dedication at Cornith United Methodist Church on Justice Branch Road.
John passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Charlotte. He was born in Roanoke Rapids on April 17, 1954, the son of the late Leatrice Clark Brewer and Walter Henry Brewer. John graduated from Halifax Academy in 1973. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, trained in electronics at Chanute Air Force Base and achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant. John served throughout the United States and in South Korea during his career as a Flight Simulator Technician. His last duty was with the B2-Stealth Bomber Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Warrensburg, Mo. John moved to Charlotte in 2000 when he married Kathy Smith Brewer. They were very happily married and celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last June 11, 2010. The couple were introduced "long distance" by John's sister Martha in 1997. He worked for Bell&Howell and recently operated his own lawn equipment repair and maintenance business, where he developed a reputation for his quality work and great service at a fair price. He was also a uniquely talented tinkerer, who could fix "anything." He had a great smile, a ready wit, and always enjoyed a joke or pun.
John was an RC airplane enthusiast who enjoyed movies, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Mille Bourne, history, Jeopardy!, and a wide range of music, from Vangelis and Enya to the Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel and The Beatles. The service will be a celebration of his life and the things that he loved. Family, friends, and classmates are invited to attend.
John was a loving and devoted husband; kind, loyal, and caring brother and friend. He was an honorable man.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; daughter, Melanie Wynter, father-in-law, M.J. Huneycutt, all of Charlotte; sister, Martha Brewer Denton and her husband, Larry, of Roanoke Rapids; and aunts, Sarah Warren, of Littleton, Anne Stauffer, Caroline Kastelberg, Alice Dickens and Mary Ladd.
John was predeceased by his parents and mother-in-law, Rose Simril Smith Huneycutt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dallas Jones Veterans Center and Museum, Becker Village Mall, 1620 E. 10th St., Roanoke Rapids NC 27870 or donor's favorite charity.
Published April 9, 2011 in the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald.
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I had the privilege of working with John at Osan AB South Korea. I will always remember his contagious optimism and high spirits.
~ Paul Schaefer, Rochester, New York
Kathy and John's Family: I was so very stunned when I called today to arrange a time for John to work on our lawnmowers as he had done for the past several years. Please accept our condolences as John was a very special person. He was fair man, a true fixer of things, devoted to you as he told me several times, and a kind, gentle soul. I'm sure he is looking down at us this very moment as we experience the sadness of his passing. May God bless our friend, John Brewer, and look over you and the rest of your family.
~ Jim and Sharon Slater, Mint Hill, North Carolina
Kathy and family, my heart is with you now. The memories will last forever, but the pain will fade. Trust that the Lord WILL sustain and keep you and is forever with you.
Kathy Great to talk with you yesterday, Please let me know your email address. thank you,
Kathy, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that you will be blessed with peace of mind and comfort. An old friend.
-Butch Barker. Gastonia,N.C.
Hi Kathy, I went to Ashley High School class of '70. I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure your husband will be missed. I am praying for you.
The Bethel Heroes 636 UDC sends our love to the family of John E. Brewer.
Please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss of John.I grew up and graduated in the same class with "Brewer" as we called him. He always was a techno wizzard and I always remember his "shocking machine" a contraption he built that would shock you as you held a wire. I remember that story and how he could make you laugh when you needed a smile. Please know that death is not the end but the beginning of the journey...
~ Donnie Wilson
Kathy & Martha, I am so sorry to hear about John. I knew John as Johnny. We spent 12 years with one another growing up attending the same schools. I always liked Johnny. He was definitely one of a kind and a good kind for sure. Please know that you and Martha, along with the family, will be in my thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead. God Bless, Ellen Harlow -
John was my best friend for 30 years...
There was nobody as good a friend as he was...
He was "unique"...
I loved him...
I miss him...
~ Don Baker
Kathy, I was extremely saddened to hear of John's passing. We shared way too many memories together for all of us to suffer this loss. I'm not sure just how many of our escapades he shared with you, but believe me, there are many of them. John will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.
TSgt John Stramiello, USAF (Retired)
~ John Stramiello
Kathy, We have very fond memories of John. He has "tinkered" with many items for us over the last few years. He was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job. He was such a nice guy and we trusted him completely. He was unique in that he only charged what he thought was a fair price which we considered too 'low" so we generally insisted on giving more than the amount quoted. That showed his character. It is so rare to find someone with his ability who was not out to "make a killing" on his repairs. What a generous and sweet spirit. We will miss him. You and your family will be in our prayers..
~ Doug and Deb Price
As all I'm shocked and saddend at the news of John's untimely passing. He was as vibrant and happy as I'd ever known him to be when we spoke during the recent holiday season. He was one of those rarest of creatures, a gentle gracious soul with a kind word for everyone. John will be sorely missed.....
~ Bill Kuttim
martha , kathy, melanie, cleo, and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all today and forever i know john was a very special and loveing person to all who know him . he will be missed by alot of people, family, friend, and even the ones that he tinkered for and also the special kittie cleo sorry we coud not be here today but you are in our prayers lover always fern eddie earl and mary jo
RIP John. You will always be remembered by us for your wit and your long phone conversations with Dick talking about model airplanes and cars. You will be missed.
~ Dick and Barb Kibbey
Dear Kathy, We are shocked an saddened to learn that John passed. It is so unfair that you should suffer this loss. I clearly remember you wondering aloud how you would get along without John and how fortunate you are to have him in your life. Your pleasure recounting events you shared was evident every time you spoke of him. You clearly knew the unique intimacy and connection inherent in a successful marriage. You reassured and inspired me to believe again that a positive and fun partnership between two persons is still possible - still something to which I can aspire. Thank you for that. I have no words to express my sadness and sorrow at your loss. If there is ever anything I could do for you in any way at any time, it would be my privilege for you to ask. Always, Jane
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~ Jane Fandray
My Dear Friend....Just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, Melanie and the rest of your family. I know this is a difficult time for all. Cherish the memories of the short time you had together. And remember he was welcomed into heaven by some pretty remarkable people. I know he is watching down on you and will continue to take care of you. Please know that I am always here for you......any time....day or night. I Love You.
~ Mary Beth Tate
I only got to meet John a few times, but it was like we had so much in common from the start cause we talked like we knew each other forever. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts an prayers are with you all. God Bless... Love, Porishua Jones
~ Porishua Jones
Kathy and Martha, My prayers , sympathy and love go out to you both.
From the first time I met John & Kathy I felt like these people have been in my life for a long time but I have only known them for a short time. Kathy, I know John will be dearly missed. I was looking forward to coming for a visit in the spring. I am keeping you & the family in my prayers & thoughts. Love Kathy Dowdy & family
~ Kathy Dowdy
Kathy Iwas so sorry to hear of Johnnies passing. I could hardly believe it when Mama told me. I am so sorry we want be with you on Sunday but our prayers and thoughts will be with you and Martha. our love to all of you
-Claudia and J.T.
Kathy and Melanie, Our hearts are saddened for both of you; and the rest of the family. We are remembering all of you in our prayers.
-Love, Jamie & Chuck
"May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time (2 Cor 1: 3,4). May John rest in peace." JHarris
I would like to give my sincere condolences to family at friends at this difficult time. May the God of all comfort who promie to swallow up death forever bring you peace.
~ r lee
Kathy - You and Melanie are in our thoughts and prayers. We'd never been around John but we know he was your life and made you very happy. The special things about John will live on in your hearts forever and God will give you peace. We love you.
~ Dan and Donna Jenkins
Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Although we did not have the opportunity to spend but short periods of time with you and John we always looked forward to seeing the two of you.
All our love and prayers are with you, Melanie and the rest of the family.
-Larry and Camille
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Address he lived at include:
- Rt. 2, Box 256, Littleton, NC (1978)
- Shaw Air Force Base, Sump. Co., S.C. (1972-1975)
- PO Box 1743, Macdill Air Force Base, Fl. 33608 (1980)
- Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Wayne Co., NC. (1986-1988)
- 220 South Congress, Apt. 215, Austin, Tx.
- 1910 Willow Creek (also listed as Willow Springs), Apt. 105, Austin, Tx. (1988-1989)
- 14499 Begonia Road, Victorville, Ca. (1990)
- 6301 S. Westshore, Tampa, FL (1990-1991)
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Mint Hill, NC
- South Korea
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He was an animal person. John loved cats and his last cat was Cleo. Once, my pet rat Audrey was very sick and I had to go out of town for my uncle's funeral, John and my mom had to hand feed her her medicine for a week. They did a good job and Audrey lived another year! He was always my animal sitter for all my other animals.
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His military service is part of the display at the Roanoke Valley Veteran's Museum in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
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John served in the United States Air Force from 1973 - 1987. He was a Techinical Sergeant and served in the United States and South Korea in the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing. During his service, he was awarded:
- Air Force Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
- National Defense Medal
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
- Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with Two Oak Leaf Clusters
- Air Force Good Conduct Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters
- NCO Professional Military Education Graduation Ribbon
- Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon
- Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
- Air Force Training Ribbon
He was also awarded a UDC National Defense Medal for his service.
Walter Henry Brewer (1923 - 1982)
Leatrice Flay Clark Brewer (1925 - 1999)
John Edward Brewer (1954 - 2011)*
John Edward Brewer (1954 - 2011)
In Memory of
US Air Force
Apr 17, 1954
Jan 20, 2011
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Lanie
Record added: Jan 21, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64477130