Obituary – Arthur “Art” Leland Brewer – age 97

Arthur “Art” Leland Brewer, born on September 4th, 1922, to Mr. William Brewer and Mrs. Ruth Brewer in Doyline, Louisiana passed away peacefully on April 21st, 2020. He passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in 1958 and opened an accounting office in Bossier City, LA. He later moved his practice to Jonesboro, LA, in October 1959 and retired from practice in October 1987.

Elected to the Jackson Parish School Board in 1968, Art served as president from 1971 until 1973. He also served in many capacities in the Jonesboro United Methodist Church including Treasurer, Member of the Board, and various committees. He was a member of the AICP and served on the Governmental Practice Review committee of the Louisiana Society of CPAs.

Art was a member of Doyline High School graduating class of 1939. He enrolled at Northwestern State University, but his attendance was interrupted by World War II. He served the United States Army from October 1942 to May 1946. He was serving as a navigator on a B-24 Bomber that was in route to the Pacific Theater when Japan surrendered. Art returned to Northwestern to complete his undergraduate degree before enrolling in graduate work for accounting at the University of Texas. He worked for Texas Eastern Transmission Cooperation from 1950 to 1958.

Art was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lucille Johnston, his son, Kim Brewer, his parents Ruth and Will Brewer, his sisters Viva Herring, Helen McDowell, Mary V. Regan, Lemurle Hearron, Emma Ruth Townsend, and brothers John W., Harold, and Henry Clinton.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law Deborah Brewer of Chapel Hill, NC, grandson Kyle and wife Heidi of Seabrook, TX, granddaughter Kacie of Cary, NC, foster son Russell Johnston of Lake Charles, LA, and supportive family members of the Johnston family.

A private graveside service was held at the Gala Traina Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Southern-Edmonds Funeral Home of Jonesboro. A memorial service will be held for friends and family to gather at a later date. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, 904 DeVille Ln, Ruston, LA 71270.

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