James Brewer Sr.

James Brewer Sr. GOOSE CREEK - James Wheeler Brewer, Sr. was born on November 9, 1937 in Georgetown S.C. He went home to be with Jesus on July 23, 2013 after a lengthy illness. James was a member of First Baptist Church of Goose Creek and his home-going service will be July 27, 2013 at Carolina Memorial Park Chapel at 11:00 A.M. He was the son of the late Archie Clarence Brewer of Mt. Pleasant, SC and the late Ida Lee Lambert Settle of Cocoa, FL. He died surrounded by his family at Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Mr. Brewer married Ethel Elizabeth "Beth" Son on October 11, 1958. Married for fifty-four years James still wanted that last hug and kiss from his wife just before he passed. He served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army. While in the service he received his GED and earned college credit. He was stationed in Panama where he helped train other infantry men in Jungle Warfare. He served in the Korean Conflict. James was a lifetime member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW #10256 Goose Creek.) While in the service he received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Expert Marksman. After leaving the military, Jim, as he was known to his buddies, worked as a mechanic in downtown Charleston at Ellsworth's Garage before being employed by the Charleston Paper Mill (Mead Westvaco). He worked at the mill from 1963 until his retirement in 2001 where he was an outside machinist. He was a member of the IAM Union 183. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the people employed at The Mill in his capacity as shop steward. While at Westvaco, he helped found and worked on the paper mill rescue squad. During his time with the rescue squad they participated in national competitions for rescue workers. Mr. Brewer also helped found the Goose Creek Volunteer Rescue Squad which he worked with until it became a paid profession. In his years of rescues he earned several commendations. In addition to helping in the area of search and rescue, he loved carpentry, shrimping, golfing, bowling, going to his grandkids ballgames, soccer games and tinkering around in his shed. He was famous among friends and family for being able to "fix" anything. He loved listening to gospel music and cooking for family get "togethers." He was known for his Frogmore stew and chicken and rice. Mr. Brewer enjoyed being with his family and leaves behind a wife, Ethel Elizabeth "Beth" Son Brewer, four children, Wanda Brewer Housand and her husband, Kenneth of Summerville, SC, Cindy L. Brewer of Goose Creek, SC, James Wheeler Brewer, Jr. and his wife, Wendy of Moncks Corner, SC and Marie Brewer Moore and her husband, Robert of Duncan, SC. Mr. Brewer had three grandchildren Amanda Housand of Summerville, SC, Andrew Housand and his wife Kaitlyn of Ladson, SC and Taylor James Brewer of Moncks Corner, his sister, Katie Thomas and her husband, John of Rentz, GA, and his nephew, Rodney Brewer and his wife, Gale of Cocoa, FL who spent many summers with him and he loved as a son, also many nieces and nephews that he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Brewer Oliff and his brother Dunham Brewer. Friends may visit with the family from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M, July 26, 2013 at Carolina Memorial Park Flowers accepted or memorial donations can be made to the Old Daycare Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Goose Creek, 141 St. James Ave., Goose Creek, SC 29445. Online condolences can be emailed to www.carolinamemorial.com Funeral services provided by Carolina Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston
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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on July 25, 2013