George Walpole Brewer Jr.

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George Walpole Brewer, Jr. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-George W. Brewer, Jr., 85, died July 21, 2014, in Oklahoma City; his memorial service was held at All Souls' Episcopal Church on July 25. He was born on Aug. 14, 1928, in Lubbock, Texas, to George W. Brewer, Sr. and Mamie Brewer. As the second oldest son in a family of outstanding athletes, he graduated from Lubbock High School at mid-semester in 1946, having stayed over an extra semester to play football. He received All-State honors in both football and track. Entering Texas Tech for that spring semester, he lettered in track and was a member of the Border Conference mile relay championship team. He transferred to the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship, playing halfback under the guidance of the legendary Bud Wilkinson from 1946-1949. His team, which included Darrell Royal, won nearly all of their games during his tenure. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and received a B.S. degree in Business and Finance in Jan. of 1951. George served in the Air Force during the Korean War as Air Provost Marshal in Texas and Korea. Upon his return, he worked for Conoco Oil Co. in their exploration and production department in Oklahoma City, and later, in Wichita, Kan. In 1955, he joined Monsanto Chemical Co. for a time before moving to Liberal, Kan., and forming a partnership with the district geologist to start an independent exploration and production company, Thomas and Brewer. While there, he served as Vice President of the Independent Oil and Gas Association, and was also the President of the Liberal's Board of Eduation. In 1969, he sold his interest in Thomas and Brewer and returned to Oklahoma City where he worked as an independent oil and gas consultant. George served on the Board of Quail Creek Golf and Country Club and also the Board of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He was a member of All Souls' Episcopal Church for 45 years. He loved playing golf, and was a licensed pilot who dearly loved flying. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved telling jokes. His quick wit and charm will be sorely missed by his loving family and many friends and business associates. George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mamie Brewer, former owners of Lubbock Abstract and Title; his older brother, Robert, an outstanding athlete and musician at Lubbock High, who was shot at age 18 by the German SS after bailing out of his B-24 bomber over Austria and being captured. George is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara; and his three daughters, Pam Jaax and husband, Mike of Kansas City, Debbie McCord and husband, Ron, and Becky Brewer, and George's sister-in-law, Carol Soule, all of Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother, Charles and his wife, Sandra of Dallas, Texas. Donations are suggested to Eden Care Homes, 4119 Crimson Bluff Way, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034, Attn.: Shannon McClure; A/C 405-285-5983, or to All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73116; A/C 405-842-1461.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Aug. 10, 2014
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