Brewer -- Class of 69
Name, where you currently
live, family info, and the year you Graduated.
Joe Brewer (Joseph).
Graduated in 1969. My wife and I live between Sumiton and Jasper
at “Argo.” This is where I grew up and now have returned
to. My son graduated high school in Japan and moved to Tacoma. He’s
never seen himself as an Alabamian. He was never here long enough.
My daughter lives in Boldo with her husband and three children.
What was your favorite high school
Going to football games.
was your favorite teacher and why?
I’m glad they were
there but I didn’t have a favorite in high school. I did at
Sumiton, though. It was David Morgan.
What was the most important thing you learned in school?
English. The ability to speak and, more importantly,
write correctly is one of my most valuable tools. I’ll tell
you whut, I done used ‘em more ‘n’ once ‘n’
that ain’t no lie.
What are you currently doing and how did you arrive
at this point
in your life?
I currently work for the Forest Service at Bankhead
National Forest. I work in the business office handling a number
of things in finance, human resources, and computer systems. I’m
also a wildland firefighter and heavy equipment operator. I respond
to wildfires at the Bankhead and occasionally travel to other parts
of the country to assist on large fires and disasters, natural and
manmade. It can sometimes be heartbreaking but overall, I love what
Prior to that, I retired from the Army. My career was spent mostly
in in Germany and Japan, with some time in Latin America and at
the Pentagon. I was in the infantry, then administration, and security.
I was drafted when I was 19, served two years and returned to the
civilian world. I worked and went to school while my wife and I
(mostly my wife) raised a couple of kids. I worked construction,
carpentry, and in a pipe foundry. In 1979, I rejoined the Army and
now enjoy the benefits.
I attended Alabama Christian and Birmingham Southern Colleges.
Who are your heroes?
My dad is gone now but he is my hero. He never had
it easy but he always did his best for us.
What do you want
to do when you grow up? What are your dreams?
I only have a few more years left with the Forest
Service and I’m going to ride the river and sit on the porch.
How do you want
to be remembered?
I’ll be remembered as “Paw Paw”
and that’s good enough.
Any hobbies, special
activities, pets, or anything of interest?
I do a little fishing and golfing but mostly just
boating, watching football, and spending time with the grandkids.
The youngest, Mary, not quite two years, loves to watch football
with me. And I have a beagle named Crocodile (short for crocodile
hunting dog). He does a good job. How many crocodiles have you
seen in Argo?