Obituary for Herbert “Joe” Brewer

Ponca City Now - February 23, 2021 3:48 pm

Herbert Hoover Brewer

May 11, 1930 – February 18, 2021

Herbert H “Joe” Brewer, age 90, passed away at his home in Newkirk on February 18, 2021.

A celebration of his life will be held 10 am on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Sunset Baptist Church with Pastor Matt Brown officiating. Joe will be laid to rest at I.O.O.F Cemetery in Ponca City following the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, 505 W Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601.

On May 11, 1930, Willie Austin Brewer and Bertha Balentine Brewer welcomed their 9th child and named him Herbert Hoover Brewer. He grew up in Fifty-six, Arkansas on a farm with 2 brothers, Coy and Ralph, and 6 sisters, Gladys, Madgie, Letha, Retha, Goldie, and Dene. He lost his mother when he was 4 years old and his dad when he was 8 years old. Following the death of their parents, Joe and his siblings established a home in Ponca City where Joe attended Ponca City schools.

On a Friday the 13th in October of 1950, Joe went on his first date with Patricia Joanne Harris. Joe and Pat were married on January 20th, 1951. On November 30, 1951 Joe and Pat welcomed their son, Stephen Jay Brewer. A daughter, Lynda Elaine Brewer, was born April 25, 1953. In 1956, Joe began working at the Ponca City Fire Department. He worked there for 22 years retiring as Assistant Fire Chief in 1978. Following his retirement Joe spent every daytime moment possible with his grandkids and worked in the evening at Mertz. In May of 1991, Joe and Pat purchased a farm east of Newkirk and made that their new home. Joe and Pat were long-time members of Sunset Baptist Church in Ponca City where Joe served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and song leader. Joe enjoyed fishing, gardening, being outdoors, spending time with grandkids and great-grandkids and taking care of his land.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Patricia “Pat” Brewer; siblings, Ralph Brewer and Dene Fredricks; son, Steve Brewer and his wife Cheryl; four grandchildren, Jay Brewer, Julie Smithson and husband Charles, Holly Cannaday and husband Russell, and Megan Hardman; great-grandchildren, Ryan McConnell, Connell Smithson, Brent Brewer, Corbin Smithson, Nathan Swenson, Brittni Brewer, Bailee Brewer, and Abigail Smithson.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Bertha Brewer; siblings, Gladys Ramsey, Madgie Brewer, Letha Hicks, Coy Brewer, Retha Moore, Goldie Martin, and his daughter, Elaine Hardman.

Source: Trout Funeral Home