Mr.  Brewer - 1951
David  Julian  Brewer




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The funeral service for longtime educator and school superintendent David Julian Brewer of Paris was scheduled at 2 p.m. today at McEvoy Funeral Home.

Trent Bullock, pastor of First Baptist Church, was to officiate. Burial, with military honors, was to follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

Selected as pallbearers were Jim Herndon, Carl Ross Veazey, Jack Nichols, Ken Russell and Chick King.

Visitation was after 11:30 a.m. today until the service.

Brewer, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Paris Healthcare Center.

His wife, Bette Alexander Brewer, survives. They were married on Aug. 21, 1948.

Born Oct. 12, 1921, in Kenton, he was the son of Oscar Webb Brewer and Mary Barner Brewer, both deceased.

A World War II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he received the Purple Heart after being wounded at Iwo Jima.

Brewer received his elementary and high school education in Kenton in Obion County. He earned is bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson and his master’s degree George Peabody College in Nashville.

He devoted 40 years to public education, beginning his career in 1946 at Grove High School as a teacher and assistant coach.

February 7, 2011  Edition


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Longtime Paris Special School District superintendent Julian Brewer dies

Julian Brewer, who died early today in Paris, was a longtime educator, coach and school superintendent in Henry County.

Brewer was born in Kenton and developed a love for the game of basketball there. He enrolled at Union University in Jackson on a basketball scholarship in 1940. As was the case for many athletes and students during that time, World War II interrupted his education.

Union suspended athletics in 1942 because of the war. Brewer played on a Jackson YMCA basketball team from 1942-43 then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944. In February 1945, while serving in the war, he was wounded at Iwo Jima.

After being discharged from the Marine Corps, he returned to Union and played basketball and served as team captain in 1946. Later in the year, Brewer would join Hall of Fame football coach Robert Jelks’ coaching staff at Grove High School. It was the beginning of a 40-year career in education for Brewer.

Brewer remained at Grove for five years and coached girls basketball in 1949. His 1950 team went to the region finals.

In 1951, he became principal at Cottage Grove High School, where he also would coach basketball.

Brewer left Henry County for a short while when he took a coaching and faculty position at Covington High School in 1954.

He returned to Henry County in 1956, serving out John R. Miller’s term as county school superintendent, before being elected to the position later in the year. He was re-elected to the post in 1960 and 1964.

From 1965-1969, he served as executive secretary on the Tennessee School Board Association.

In 1969 Brewer succeeded J.T. Miles as superintendent of the Paris Special School District, a position he held until resigning from the board in 1985, when he gave nine months notice.

In 1975, while Brewer was superintendent, the PSSD moved its offices from the railroad depot at Ruff and Fentress streets to the first floor of the former Lee School building.

In the community, the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce chose Brewer as its Man of the Year in 1965.

Brewer also was in the Rotary Club for more than 30 years.

He was inducted into the Paris-Henry County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. He also served as secretary-treasurer for the Sports Hall of Fame Board.

McEvoy Funeral Home will announce his funeral arrangements.

February 4, 2011  Edition



Brewer served at variety of levels

He was teacher, coach, schools executive
Published: Monday, February 7, 2011 11:29 AM CST
During Julian Brewer’s 40-year career in education, he almost certainly served at more different levels than anyone else in our community’s history.

After being a standout high school and college athlete, he served as a classroom teacher, coach, principal, superintendent of both local school systems and executive secretary of the Tennessee School Boards Association.

Brewer was a quiet man who didn’t say much, so that when he spoke, people tended to listen. He was a disciplinarian, the terror of rowdy high school kids.

He was attending Union University in Jackson on a basketball scholarship when World War II broke out. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was wounded in the bloody battle of Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned to college and was captain of the Union basketball team.

That was in 1946, and later that year, he came to Henry County as a member of Robert Jelks’ coaching staff at Grove High School.

He was to remain here the rest of his life, except for two years as a coach and teacher at Covington High School and four years as the state School Boards Association executive.

He was county school superintendent for nine years and superintendent of Paris Special School District for 17 years.

The Chamber of Commerce named him Man of the Year in 1965, and he was inducted into the county’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

No record book of Henry County sports or education would be complete without the name of Julian Brewer

He served as a teacher and principal and was Henry County Schools superintendent for nine years and Paris School District school superintendent for 17 years. At his retirement in 1986, the community declared it “Julian Brewer Day.” He was elected to three terms as executive secretary for the Tennessee School Boards Association.

He was inducted into the Paris-Henry County Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Brewer was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Paris and was a member of the Rotary Club, Paris Country Club and Paris Chapter of AARP, serving as a past president in all three organizations. The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce voted him its Man of the Year in 1965.

A family member said he was devoted to education and to leadership and was an avid golfer.

Besides his wife, he leaves one son, Webb Alexander Brewer of Memphis; and a nephew, Robert Shackleton of New Orleans.

He also was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Shackleton.
February 7, 2011  Edition


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