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Wesley Scott Brewer

Posted By Hall-Wynne On November 24, 2008 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

In Memorial

Wesley Scott Brewer, 78, of Durham passed away November 24, 2008 surrounded by his family.

He was born September 4, 1930 in Greenwich, Ohio, the son of the late Thomas H. Brewer and Hester Ryder Brewer.

After graduation from high school Mr. Brewer volunteered for the Air Force, and served as a staff sergeant with the 502nd Tactical Control Group during the Korean War in many different capacities.

After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Mr. Brewer was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1958. Following his retirement as a library book and textbook salesman, he became very active in Habitat for Humanity and volunteering service in many activities for his church. His commitment to Habitat is reflected in that the “Geezer’s Crew”, of which he was an integral part, is planning to build a Habitat House in Wes’ honor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Blanche Bussell Brewer; sons David M. Brewer of Durham and Judge Scott T. Brewer and wife Karen of Rockingham, NC. He was a devoted grandfather to Leanne M. Brewer and Lauren E. Brewer of Rockingham. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Wilsie B. Rohrer of Raleigh.

Mr. Brewer is also survived by special family members Sissel and Richard Jakobczyk, and their children Jessica Jakobczyk and Jennifer J. Morton, all of Durham.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 W. Main St. in Durham.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 29 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham, NC. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Colley will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Habitat for Humanity of Durham, 215 Church St., Durham, NC 27701; Duke Hospice, 1321 Medical Park Dr. Ste. 101, Durham, NC or to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Condolences for the family of “Wesley Scott Brewer”

Condolence from Habitat for Humanity on November 25th, 2008 12:00 am

Blanche and family, thank you for lending a humble and dedicated servant to our ranks for a while. You are all part of our family, and we hold you near. Wes, we thank you. It has been an honor.

Condolence from Joe Forbes on November 25th, 2008 12:00 am

In retirement, some men golf. Some fish. Some play cards. Mr. Brewer worked. And it was always to benefit someone else. After travelling the state for years in the book business to support his family, he could have succumbed to a well-deserved but decadent idleness in retirement. Instead, he took the time to learn to be an electrician so that he could work on Habitat houses. I rarely saw him idle. In fact, he seemed uncomfortable when he was.

He loved his family dearly especially his granddaughters. When he wasn’t with them, he talked about them.

He liked people in general. He always asked about my family. Not just the obligatory questions–he remembered details.

His one “vice” was that he always wanted to learn to fly. My favorite memory of him is when I flew to visit him and his family in Beaufort and covertly took him for a ride. He could not suppress a smile as he took the controls. We had to keep it a secret from Mrs. Brewer because she would worry.

Mr. Brewer was a fine man, and this world is a better place because of the life he lived. If he’s not working right now, he’s probably flying.

Condolence from Ann and Eugen Merzbacher on November 26th, 2008 12:00 am

In 1953 we were volunteers in Durham for tracking aircraft flying across the state in a civil defense program. It was Eugen’s first patriotic activity as a newly naturalized US citizen. Sergeant Brewer was our instructor. It was a hopeless task. The planes flew too fast, and we never had enough spotters to be able to identify them, but we had great fun and we all liked the young man, who was our instructor. A few months later we met Wes on the UNC campus. He had finished his stint in the airforce, and because he liked the people he had met on that civil defense assignment, he had decided to go to college. The next time we saw him he had a degree and a job selling books and was on his way to what turned out to be his career. His delight in what he was doing showed. We always felt pleased about our small bit in this.
It doesn’t surprise us that he has been building habitat houses lately. It seems such a Wes thing to do.
We send you our warmest sympathy at this time of your loss. Ann and Eugen Meerzbacher

Condolence from Jim &Paulette Webb on November 28th, 2008 12:00 am

Scott and Family,I’m so sorry to hear about your Father passing.I’m glad I got the chance to meet him.He was one smart and knowledgeable person.I will have you all in my prayers.Just wanted you to know I was thinking about you.God needs a few more angels and now he has one.

With Love,
Jim and Paulette

Condolence from Northgate Express on December 1st, 2008 12:00 am

Our hearts and prayers go out to your family in this time of loss.

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