Thurman Josiah “Joe” Brewer, 82, of North Ramsey Township, Ramsey, died at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Ramsey.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Ramsey, with the Rev. Glenn Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Ramsey Cemetery in Ramsey, with military rites accorded by Anderson-Scroggins American Legion Post No. 460 of Ramsey. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church. Miller Funeral Home in Ramsey was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: First Baptist Church of Ramsey Building Fund.
Mr. Brewer was born on July 22, 1926, in Westervelt, the son of Virgil Russell “VR” and Mabel Miller Brewer. He married Loyette JoAnn Williams on July 31, 1949, in Shelbyville.
He was an Illinois Master Farmer and operator of Cloverland Farms in Ramsey. His memberships included First Baptist Church in Ramsey, Ramsey Lions Club, Anderson-Scroggins American Legion Post No. 460 of Ramsey, Fayette County Farm Bureau, Fayette County Fair Board, Fayette County Emergency Management Agency (formerly ESDA) and Fayette County Auxiliary Police Department, and was an Illinois delegate for the American Ag Movement, 1994 president of the American Corn Growers Association, Farm Aid organizer, Appalachian Relief trip organizer, participant in 1979 Tractorcade and the grand marshal for the 2006 Ramsey Days Parade. He served in the Navy as a baker and gunner on the USS Suton during World War II. He enjoyed traveling and riding in parades in his 1902 Olds replica and serving his community.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Ken Brewer and his wife Joyce of Salem, and Bruce Brewer and Tammy Hamilton of Mattoon; daughter, Joette and her husband Lonnie Wilson of North Augusta, S.C.; brothers, Jim Brewer and his wife Shirley of Ramsey, and Rex Brewer and his wife Joyce of Shelbyville; sisters, Mary Gould of Washington and Millie Schneeberg of New Port Richey, Fla.; and grandchildren, Kimberly Johnson, Nathan Brewer, Jennifer Brosz, Dustin Brewer and Ashli Brewer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jeremy Spires.