Area residents shared memories and thoughts about Chattanooga media executive Jim Brewer, who died Thursday after a fight with oral cancer. He was 56.
The stories highlight his love for his community and family, his passion for music, his willingness to help others and the legacy he left in Chattanooga.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Sandra Brewer; his parents; and his children.
It is with my deepest sorrow that I announce the passing of my brother, Jim Brewer II. It pains me to see you leave…
For as long as I've been in radio, I'd heard the name Jim Brewer in conjunction with so many things… Local radio,…
I’m heartbroken tonight trying to process the passing of Jim Brewer. He was truly an amazing man who touched untold thousands of lives in ways both large and small. I feel honored to have been his friend and will miss him every day. Godspeed Jim. You will always be an inspiration
— Gary Poole (@GaryPooleTN) February 2, 2018
Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family of Jim Brewer II, his staff & Jim's friends. We're saddened by this personal loss. Jim was a good friend, fantastic dad an amazing broadcaster. Our NoogaRadio family dedicates our entire broadcast today to the memory of Jim Brewer II. pic.twitter.com/ETDvwCYIgn
— NoogaRadio (@hotnewsradio) February 2, 2018
Life threw a lot at Jim Brewer over the last 15 years.
Jim responded by throwing himself into life — specifically, the lives of others.
— bill colrus (@billcolrus) February 2, 2018
Jim Brewer II passed away this evening. He was my first boss in my first real job and a true friend. Jim was a maverick and he took a chance on me as a young inexperienced 23 y/o. He made my career and the careers of many others. I am forever indebted to him. I love you, Jim.
— Wells Guthrie (@WellsESPN1051) February 2, 2018
After 46 years in the broadcasting business, I can say I have had a few good bosses. Tonight we at Brewer Media has lost…
Brewer’s obituary highlights some of Brewer’s accomplishments and efforts to support the city he loved.
“To know Jim Brewer was to know a man who gave back to the Chattanooga community all the time—whether through Brewer Media sponsorships or providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising to raise awareness and prevention of domestic violence,” according to the obit.
Also according to his obit:
Always giving back and thinking of others, he wrote Sandra to let his family know his wishes of how he wanted his friends and family to celebrate his life. While radio stations may measure their success in numbers of listeners and reach, it wasn’t the number of friends Jim had that mattered most to him.
Rather, it was the quality of the friendship and the pure enjoyment of spending time with others. He was known to line up out-of-town adventures for both family and friends, and loved to travel. Jim, a lover of animals, was known to spoil the Brewers’ dog, Holly B.
When he shared his wishes on how his friends and family could best celebrate his life, he used the word “upbeat” twice and wanted loved ones to plan a celebration.
Include his favorite music, he instructed, the ones he saved on his computer, his iPad, his iPod. Some of his favorite songs were “Beautiful Day” by U-2 and “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe.
A viewing will take place Feb. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Chattanooga.
Visitation will be Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with funeral services following at 1 p.m. There will be a private burial service, arranged by Heritage Funeral Home on Battlefield Parkway.
Memorial donations can be made to the Oral Cancer Foundation Chattanooga or The Partnership for Families, Children and Youth, specifically the domestic violence prevention program.