Joseph Beaman Brewer, Jr., age 81, of Charlotte, N.C., and formerly of Rocky Mount, N.C., passed away peacefully on December 17, 2012.
He was born on December 21, 1930 in Rocky Mount. He was the son of the late Joseph Beaman Brewer and Edith Gee Brewer, and brother of the late Elizabeth "Betty" Brewer Chambers. Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer, and her brother, Nick Boddie.
He had fond memories of Peter Rabbit Kindergarten. Joe graduated from Rocky Mount High School and from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1953, where he was a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity.
Joe previously served as President of Brewer Paint & Wallpaper, as well as Brewer Foods. In addition, he served as Past President of the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club and Benvenue Country Club. He also served as Board Chairman of United Federal Savings and Loan, and on the advisory board of People Bank & Trust.
Joe was a member of Edgemont Presbyterian Church, and later of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as elder and deacon. He enjoyed attending Myers Park Presbyterian Church once moving to Charlotte.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Sandra Porter Brewer; two daughters, Lee Brewer Garrett of Wrightsville Beach, Lucy Brewer Wheeless and her husband Steve of Wilmington; one son, Joseph Beaman Brewer, III and his wife Virginia of Rocky Mount; and one sister, Judy Bradshaw and her husband Charlie of Spartanburg, S.C. Also, he is survived by his grandchildren, Elease, Nick, Brewer and Nathan Garrett; Lucy Ann Wheeless, Libby Wheeless Connor and her husband Paul; JB and Bill Brewer; and also the late Ben Brewer.
In addition, he was beloved by Sandra's children, Alison Thorp and her husband Jimbo, Ashley Burlingame and her husband John, all of Charlotte, and Holmes Davis, IV and his wife Cammy of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by Sandra's grandchildren, Peyton and James Thorp; Marshall, Mary Corbin and Hannah Burlingame; and Holmes, Eliza and Marguerite Davis.
Joe is also survived by Mayo Boddie and his wife Jean; Betsy Boddie and Hank Chambers. He always held a special place in his heart for Mary Wright, James Bellamy and Twain Floyd. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends in Rocky Mount, Charlotte and Wrightsville Beach.
There will be a private family burial. A memorial service will be held in Rocky Mount at 11 am on Thursday, December 20th at First Presbyterian Church.
In addition, a celebration of his life will be held in Charlotte at 11 am on Friday, December 21st at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Providence Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 153 North Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place, Charlotte, NC 28207.