A musician, volunteer and patriot’s service to others did not come to an end with his death. After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with a heavy heart that the family of John Tucker Brewer has announced that he passed on Monday, May 24, 2021. In his last days, he was surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. They will continue to honor his legacy of community service through their words, deeds and actions.
Born in 1946, John fell in love with music at a young age. He started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade at Wilson Elementary School. He continued to pursue his passion for music and for teaching others throughout his life. After John graduated from Amarillo High School, he went on to study at Amarillo College. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. He began his career as the band director at Killeen High School from 1970 to 1981. Returning home to Amarillo, John worked at Nunn Manufacturing as a manager, a clinician and as the environmental safety and health officer. Later, he would form Systems Compliance Corporation, an environmental professional service company. He worked there from 1999 until his retirement in 2009.
John had a true heart for the community and for his country. His patriotism and his love of music were evident in his numerous memberships and varied service activities. An accomplished bugler and self-taught bagpiper, John performed in excess of 100 military and civilian funerals each year. He also played at various Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Relay for Life celebrations across the Texas Panhandle. His memberships included the Amarillo Wind Ensemble, Bugles Across America, TubaChristmas, America Supports You, and the Firemen and Fire Marshals Association of Texas, just to name a few. He supported the Amarillo Fire Department, the Amarillo Police Department as well as the Randall and Potter County Fire and Police Departments. He also served on the Texas Panhandle War Memorial Board and was past president of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity. Always the master teacher at heart, he had numerous bagpipe and trumpet students to whom he gave private lessons over the years. He also served as mentor to the Amarillo Firefighters Pipes and Drum Corps.
John was preceded in death by his father, Harold L. Brewer; his mother, Dorothy May Brewer; and sister, Betty Wimberley. He is survived by his loving wife, Gail and four children: John and Michelle Brewer of Amarillo; Becci and Gabe Barela of West Plains, Missouri; Kelly and Doug Howell of Hereford, Texas; and, Kris and Crystal Burdis of Lubbock, Texas. He also counted among his blessings of life, five grandchildren who were truly the center of his universe: Devin Howell, Marcella Burdis, Timothy Burdis, Iana Burdis and Clara Beth Burdis.
The family would like to thank the staff of Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice and Hillside Heights Rehabilitation Suites for their loving care. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in memory of John Tucker Brewer.
Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Llano Cemetery with Brent Clark officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.