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John Brewer


John (Johnny) Lee Brewer Sr., 74, died Friday afternoon May 27, 2011 of complications from a terminal illness at St. Catherines Village in Madison, MS. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Woodlawn Baptist Church 2310 Culkin Road, Vicksburg, MS with a reception to follow the service in the fellowship hall at Woodlawn. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Baptist Church in honor of Johnny Brewer. Johnny was born on March 8, 1937 to the late George and Ruby Brewer. He was preceded in death by a sister Catherine Hancock, and a brother Arnold Brewer.

Mr. Brewer graduated from Redwood High School, where he lettered in four sports as one of the schools all time greats. Following high school, he attended Ole Miss from 1956-60 where he was part of two national championship football teams and named All SEC and All American. After college, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 41st pick. The team won the World Championship in 1964 and he was named All Pro in 1966. He finished his career with the New Orleans Saints from 68-70. Mr. Brewer was inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. After football, Mr. Brewer moved on to a long career in the insurance industry.

He is survived by his wife Anita Wood Brewer of 46 years; daughter, Jonnita Barrett and her husband Chad of Clinton, sons, John Brewer Jr. and his wife Crissy of Vicksburg, and Sean Brewer and his wife Margaret of Ridgeland, 4 sisters, Louise Ellis and her husband George, Mary Checkler and her husband Kerry, Alice Brewer, and Shirley Brewer, 10 grandchildren, Tyler and his wife Katia, Fallon, Drake, and Ariana Barrett, John Lee, Hanna, Christopher, and Austin Brewer, and Abney and Macey Brewer, and numerous nieces and nephews

Published in Clarion Ledger on June 1, 2011
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