William Lewis Brewer, Sr., age 90, of Charleston, left this earthly world to join relatives, friends, and his Lord and Savior in heaven Sunday, March 1, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Elwanda Morman Brewer; daughter, Ramona Brewer Adams (Billy Ray); and son William Lewis Brewer, Jr. (Tori). Cherishing the memories of time with Grandpa are granddaughters Rebecca, Jessie and Breck Brewer. Brothers Gordan Brewer and Clyde Brewer also survive him. Lewis was born to Jessie Lewis and Lula Mae Brewer, August 26, 1924, in Cascilla, MS. Along with his parents; he was preceded in death by siblings Derotha, Earl, Cleo, Daniel, and Jessie Mae.
Mr. Brewer was inducted into the Army in December 1943. While fighting in The Battle of the Bulge, he was wounded on Christmas Day, 1944, and Valentine’s Day, 1945. He was discharged on October 1, 1945. He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal with additional Leaf, The M-1 Marksmanship Medal, and The Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement, The Good Conduct Medal, The European Campaign Medal for the Rhineland, and Ardennes Campaign, and The WWII Victory Medal.
Returning home, he entered Southern Miss where he played basketball one season. He transferred to Mississippi State University where he received his B.S., M.S. and Advanced degrees in Education. He was in the field of education for 45 years, serving as Superintendent of Education of Tallahatchie County Schools for 28 years. During that time, he was on the Board of Trustees of Northwest Mississippi Community College. He taught and coached at Longview, Boyle, Oakland and Charleston.
He was a member of Spring Hill Baptist Church for 60 years serving as Deacon Chairman, Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School Teacher and Church Treasure. He was also a founding board member of Lakeside Baptist Assembly.
For many years, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mid-State Opportunity, Inc., He was a life member of the VFW and The American Legion; he served as local Legion Commander for 8 years. He was also a member of the National and State Veterans of The Battle of the Bulge organizations. He was chairman of the founding board of the Spring Hill Water Association.
The Family will receive friends for the long-time cattleman at a catered visitation Wednesday, March, 2015 from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm at Newsom Funeral Home in Charleston, MS. Services will be held Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Spring Hill Baptist Church with a second Visitation one prior to the service at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow in the Brewer Family Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Lakeside Baptist Assembly, C/O of Billy W. Buntin, 1289 Oak Grove Rd, Oakland, MS 38948.
Newsom Funeral Home (662) 647-2726.