Homer Mitchell Brewer
Navarro County, Texas


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Homer Mitchell Brewer
Feb 18, 1892 - Jan 4, 1919


Homer was born 18 Feb 1892 in Mabin, MS. His parents were William H and Gussie Brewer. In 1910 he was living with his father and siblings in Corsicana where he worked for the school system as a janitor. He was working as a machinist for the Southern Pacific Railroad at the time of the draft in 1917. He claimed as his dependants his parents. He was medium height and slender with brown eyes and black hair.


Killed in France; bur Oakwood


Military Honors Were Given Private Brewer at Houston

Houston, Texas, January 9, 1918.

The body of Private Homer W. Brewer who died at Garden City, Long Island, New York with pneumonia shortly after his arrival from overseas duty with the aviation service will arrive in Houston at 10:30 Thursday morning over the Southern Pacific. A military funeral will be held at the home of his sister, Mrs. Alice Mitcham, 3409 Harrisburg Road at 3:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon. A detail of aviators from Ellington Field will carry out the military details of the funeral. At 3:45 the body will be escorted to the Grand Central depot and will later leave for Corsicana, where burial will take place on Friday afternoon. Rev. T. J. Windham and Rev. I. B. Manley will conduct funeral services.—Houston Post.

Private Brewer was the son or W. H. Brewer, for many years a resident of Corsicana and has many friends here who will regret to learn of his death. Young Brewer was connected with the Southern Pacific railroad under E. L. Barker, before joining the colors. He joined the 48th Aero Squadron, Ellington Field, April 12th and went across in August. He returned from overseas duty and landed in New York December 24th where he was stricken with pneumonia and died January 4th. His father received a message January 1st that he was seriously ill and his sister, Mrs. Alice Mitcham started for New York immediately, but received a message on arrival at St. Louis that he had died, and returned to Houston without completing her trip.

After funeral services in Houston, the remains will be shipped to Corsicana over the H. & T. C. Railroad which should reach there about 5:40 Friday morning. Funeral services will be conducted from the home of Mrs. Jeff Sheehan, sister-in-law of Mr. W. H. Brewer. Interment will be made besides his mother.

Private Brewer is survived by his father, William H. Brewer, and three brothers, Oscar Brewer, of Beaumont, Emmitt Brewer of Houston, and Mabry Brewer, who is in the air service at Kelly Field, San Antonio, and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Mitcham, 3409 Harrisburg Road, Mrs. Lera Day and Mrs. R. R. Reid, of 220 York Street, Houston, Texas.

The body will be a companied to Corsicana by the family and the two daughters of Mrs. Mitcham, Ethel and Lorene, Mr. E. L. Barker and Miss Lillian Odea of Bryan.


(NOTE—The funeral of Private Brewer took place here Saturday instead of Friday, owing to delayed trains. The above account of the death of Private Brewer and other facts connected with his life was written in Houston and would have appeared in an earlier issue but for a delay in transmission.


Will Reach Here Friday

The remains of Homer Brewer, a nephew of T.J. Sheehan, who died in an army hospital in New York on January 4th, will reach here next Friday and the funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. Sheehan, 617 South Eighteenth Street, but the hour has not yet been decided on.


  • Corsicana Semi-Weekly Light - Jan 10, 1919
  • Submitted by Karen Rost


Remains Came This Morning.

The remains of Homer Brewer, Nephew of T. J. Sheehan, who died in New York some days ago, reached here at 5:30 this morning and the funeral took place from the Sheehan home 671 South Eighteenth Street at 3 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. C. H. Booth officiating.


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