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Obituary: Dr. Paul W. Brewer

Obituary: Dr. Paul W. Brewer

February 6th, 2019 in Obituaries

Dr. Paul W. Brewer, age 94 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, at St. Joseph's Bluffs. Paul was born in West Eminence, Missouri, in 1924, to Melvin "M.M." Brewer and Ora Ethel Lay Brewer. He was married to Rosemary Sanders on October 22, 1945, in Jefferson City, Mo., who preceded him in death. Paul graduated from Springfield (Missouri) High School in 1943 and was inducted into the U.S. Army on May 16, 1943. He was trained as an infantryman, specifically as a surgical assistant. His unit was responsible for the wounded who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. While in England, he joined the Army division's baseball team. After league play he was recognized as the MVP (Most Valuable Player) and as the "one player sure to make the majors after the war." Just prior to his discharge from the military in 1946, Paul was offered a contract to play baseball with the Chicago White Sox. But he declined and instead gave himself to the ministry calling of God on his life. He enrolled in Berean College, Central Bible Institute, and later in life earned his PhD. Throughout the years, he pastored at seven churches in Missouri, Iowa, and California. Paul was an innovator. He established a group medical plan for all the Assembly of God ministers in greater Kansas City, started a fast-pitch underhand softball church league, and oversaw the establishment of several new churches in the area. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the Highlands Children Home in Kansas City. It was from Highlands that he and Rosemary adopted a daughter, Brenda. Later in life, Paul attended First Assembly of God in Jefferson City, there he enjoyed teaching Sunday school and leading classes for young ministers seeking ministerial credentials. Survivors include: three children, Philip Brewer (wife Lori) of Peculiar, Mo., Ray Brewer (wife Kim) of Columbia, Mo. and Brenda Thomas (husband John) of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Patty Brewer of Kansas City, Mo.; one sister, Geneva Van Scoyk of St. Louis, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 56 years, Rosemary Brewer on November 11, 2001; one son, Mark Brewer on November 2, 2012; one brother, Melvin Brewer; and one sister, Bonnie Lawrence. Visitation will be at First Assembly of God from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2019, at First Assembly of God with the Reverend Lowell Perkins officiating. Graveside service and interment with military honors will follow at Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to NOMOAG (Northern Missouri Assemblies of God) or to First Assembly of God in Jefferson City to help fund mission programs. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com