JAMES A. BREWER James A. Brewer, 84, passed away Jan. 12, 2013 at his home in Barstow Ca. James was born July 25, 1928 in Louisville KY to William and Mary Frances Brewer. James graduated in 1946 from Central High School in Louisville. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating, and was assigned to the all-black unit at Montford Point Camp, New River, North Carolina. He served his country for 26 years in numerous locations around the U.S. and the world. On June 2, 1960 James married Pearlie Newell and they enjoyed 51 years together. He retired from the USMC in 1972 at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. After the military he continued working at the MCLB Barstow until retiring in 1996. In June 2012 James, along with all his fellow 'Montford Pointers' brothers received the Congressional Gold Medal. James was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 51 years Pearl. He is survived by his sister Ann Black of Louisville; sister-in-law Dottie Newell; sons: Corny, Carlos and Christine, James Jr. and Karen, Jonathan and AnnaLisa; grandchildren: Varee Ramirez, Andrew and Kristen, Christian, Brittany, Kelsey, Lynsey; great-grandson: Antonio James; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services for James A Brewer will be held January 19, 2013 at 12:00pm at The MCLB Barstow Memorial Chapel. Interment will be held at a later date at the National Cemetery in Riverside, Ca. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Montford Point Memorial Project can be made at P.O.Box 7222, Jacksonville, NC 28540
Published in the Daily Press on Jan. 18, 2013