- August 8, 1956 - February 13, 2012
- Knoxville, Tennessee
of Donald's Passing
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I am saddened to hear of the death of Donnie.
May the Lord be near you at this sorrowful time. I am praying for you and your family.
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1 of 25 | Posted by: Pat Terrill - Pawley's Island, SC
“Dear Brewer family:
I'm so sad to hear of Donnie's passing. He was always so nice to me when i was growing up at the Jefferson City swimming pool...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Steven Zirkle - Vinings, GA
“Andrea and family:My heart and prayers go out to to you in this time of grief. Everyone loved Don and your family and we all miss your presence here...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: david stanley jones - Dallas, TX
“Dear Andrea and family,
I was very saddened to hear about Don's death.
He was just the best father, husband and friend.
Jake, do you remember...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Lucy Somes - TX - friend
“To the Brewer family
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: BarbaraMcClelland - knoxville, TN
“I remember all the tennis practices and trips with Don. I played against him in high school, losing of course 8-1. My sympathy to the family and...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Fred Carden - Knoxville, TN
“So sorry to hear of your loss...my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family...
7 of 25 | Posted by: Cynthia Anstett - Arlington, TX
“Please accept my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Don Brewer. I am sure he will be missed by so many. My interactions with him were...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Carolan Egan - Harris
“Andrea: You have our deepest sympathy at this time. Dan and I went with you and Don to Antiqua two years in a row many years ago when Don was the...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Anita & Dan Kamperman - Dallas, TX
“To the Brewer family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I havd fond memories of Don from growing up in Jefferson...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Robert Burts - Jefferson City, TN
“Our sincere sympathy to Andrea and the whole family at this very sad time. Sorry we will not be there tomorrow for the service for Don, we are in...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Judy & Bob Schrader - Kingsport, TN
“Paul and Imogene,
Please know you have our deepest sympathies.
Herman and Dot Saatkamp
12 of 25 | Posted by: Herman and Dot Saatkamp - NJ
“To Andrea and family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Many good times and memories will comfort the pain we are feeling now. God Bless
Pete...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Pete DeCuir - Wall Township,, NJ
“I am very sorry to hear of Don's passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you feel God's arms...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Tim Harty - Knoxville, TN
“I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a good person, easy to be with, and I enjoyed talking to him. I cannot fully express my thoughts or...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Frank Weiskopf
“Paul and Imogene,We learned from Carolyn White that Don had died.We are deeply saddened and share this great loss with you. We have heard so many...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: J. Billy and Anne Graham - NC
“Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy to Andrea and her entire sweet family. Love always, Jane and Bill Harwood
17 of 25 | Posted by: Jane and Bill Harwood - Kingsport, TN
“I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
18 of 25 | Posted by: Rachel Kraft - Knoxville, TN, TN
“My condolences to the family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jay Livingston - Knoxville, TN
“We have always loved Don. Growing up with him & his kindness, smarts, talent & humor was a gift. He always had that empathetic gift too; it was...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Amanda Naylor - Kingsport, TN
“so many precious memories of a life long friend. may our heavenly father comfort and give peace to andrea ,eric ,jake , elle and the rest of the...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: michael and ann bales - knoxville, TN
“Dear Imogene and Paul,
There are no words adequate enough to share my sorrow with you during this time of your loss. I did not know your son, but I...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Barbara Diggs - Jefferson City, TN
“I do not know where to begin. From the first day i arrived at Tennessee and i meet Don Brewer he was like my Tennessee brother welcoming me to...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Tracy DeLatte - Dallas, TX
“Andrea:My heart is breaking for you, your children and Donnie's entirefamily. My thoughts and prayers have been with you since Ifound out he passed....Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Sandy Ambrogi - Nashville, TN
“Very sorry to hear..
25 of 25 | Posted by: Mitchell Toomey - Monteagle, TN
BREWER, DONALD LEE (Knoxville), beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend died February 13, 2012 at his home. He was 55 years old. Don was born August 8, 1956 in Fort Worth TX to Paul and Imogene Brewer, the gregarious middle child of three sons. He grew up in Jefferson City, TN where he attended school, loved sports of all kinds and excelled in tennis. Following graduation from Jefferson High School in 1974, Don earned a B.A. from UT and was a four-year letterman on the tennis team. He started work as a teaching pro at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, TX after graduation and eventually earned the title of Director of Tennis. In 1995 he and his young family returned to Knoxville where he launched a career in commercial real estate, and established his own firm in 2000, Realty Investment Services. During his ten years as principal there, Don's expertise and reputation grew to the extent that in 2010 his small firm merged with New York-based global real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield to form Cornerstone CRES, where he worked until his death. Don remained a competitive tennis player and golfer and enjoyed athletic competitions of all kinds, especially UT sports. He passed this love on to his children and greatly enjoyed coaching their teams in younger years and cheering them on in football, basketball, tennis, softball, track and cross-country. Don's life has been marked with success in many different arenas. In 2004 he was named one of Jefferson High's 50 Great Athletes. He took the West High School girls tennis team to the state championship in 2000 as a volunteer coach. In the business arena he brokered many high-profile transactions and earned the respect of his peers through his penchant to develop win-win business opportunities, his strong work ethic and his ability to work easily with many different types of people. In 2011 he was named Knoxville Commercial Broker of the Year. Throughout his life, family and friends have been drawn to Don's inquisitive mind, and open, adventurous spirit. His wide circle of friends included people from all points in his life -- childhood playmates and classmates, opponents and teammates on the tennis courts, college buddies and roommates, neighbors and family friends, business associates and competitors, among many others. He was a proud father, caring son, and loving husband. Don is survived by his devoted friend and wife of 32 years, Andrea Gosselin Brewer; sons, Eric (Melissa) Brewer of Lexington KY and Jake (Lauren) Brewer of Knoxville; daughter, Elle Brewer; parents, Paul and Imogene Brewer of Jefferson City TN; brothers, David Brewer (Marissa D'Amico) of Mamaroneck NY, Dan (Sherry) Brewer of Maryville TN; in-laws, George and Mary Gosselin of Kingsport TN, Judy and Cliff Kresge of Kingsport TN, Peter Gosselin of Kingsport TN Jeff and Cheryl Gosselin of Pauma Valley CA; grandchildren Hunter, Hudson and Hayden Brewer of Lexington KY; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Honorary pallbearers, Walt Bearden, Peter Cancro, Dan Cooper, Tracy DeLatte, Don Dickey, Lamar Gibson, John Gillespie, Rusty Hutcheson, Ron Koksal, John Kreis,, Bailey Sharp, Bill Taylor, Mike Terry, and John Voss. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 17 from 4:30 - 7:00 at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel, 6200 Kingston Pike. A memorial service will be held at the St. John's episcopal Church downtown Knoxville Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Breakthrough Corporation,1805 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com