William Robert Brewer

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William Robert Brewer, 94, a longtime resident of Van Buren County, passed from this life on June 9, 2019, at his home in Franklin. He was born in Cumberland County on May 25, 1925.
A World War II veteran, William served with the Thunderbirds of the 179th Infantry Regiment during the Italian campaign. He fought in ground combat throughout Africa, France and Italy. He was captured by German troops and forced to march 11 days before escaping and reuniting with American troops. He received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained while fighting in France during active combat. His battle scars serve as testament to a commitment of love for country and sacrifice, the same principles evident to all who knew him throughout his life. William was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mildred Pauline McBroom; parents, Belle and Luther Brewer of Winesap; sisters, Eva, Garnet, Carmen and Winnie Mabel; brothers, Ronald and Andrew; and his oldest son Martin Henry. He leaves behind daughters, Polly Brewer of Franklin, Barbara (Mark) Griffith of Nashville; sons, Michael (Alma) Brewer of Austin, TX, and Oliver (Joy) Brewer of Nashville; and daughter-in-law, Sylvia Brewer of Portland; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13, from the chapel of Hunter Funeral Home, Sparta. Interment with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard will follow in Thomas Springs Cemetery, Winesap. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at Hunter Funeral Home. Troy Squires will officiate.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Jason, Noah and Joshua Brewer, George and William Shinn, and Austin Squires.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Operation Stand Down ,1125 12th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37203 or Wounded Warrior Project, 223 Rosa L Parks Ave., Suite 301, Nashville, TN 37203. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hunter Funeral Home, Sparta, 931-836-3211.
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Published on June 11, 2019
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