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Donald Lee Brewer, beloved husband, father, son, brother,
grandfather, and friend, died February 13, 2012, at his
home, Knoxville, TN. 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, TN,
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
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, TN;
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, and Jeff and Cheryl
Gosselin, of Pauma Valley, CA; grandchildren Hunter,
Hudson, and Hayden Brewer, of Lexington, KY; nieces and
nephews; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 17,
2012, from 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., 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, 2012, at
11 a.m. Honorary pallbearers will be 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.
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
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