James William Brewer

May 15, 1958October 31, 2018
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NASHVILLE- Bill Brewer, age 60, died suddenly of a heart attack on October 31. He was born May 15, 1958, in Nashville.

Bill is survived by his beloved children, William Ashby Brewer and Natalie Elizabeth Brewer; sister, Rebecca Brewer Carter (Phil); the mother of his children, Laura Ashby; and devoted companion, Babs Young Behar. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Harold Brewer and Elizabeth Petree Brewer.

Bill attended H.G. Hill Elementary, Hillsboro High School, Battle Ground Academy, and Brentwood Academy. He graduated from Belmont University with a degree in accounting. He began his professional life as a financial controller at HCA International before following in his father’s footsteps to pursue residential construction and real estate. He was a third-generation realtor, maintaining his TREC license for forty years and most recently was the owner of BG4 (Brewer Group IV).

Bill was a man of faith. He was baptized as a young boy at Belmont Heights and raised his family at Vine Street Christian where he was a deacon and served on the general board. Most recently, Bill is a member of Westminster Presbyterian. He donated his time to many organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, Middle Tennessee Homebuilders, Greater Nashville REALTORS, and Room in the Inn. He assisted many friends and people in need, such as several Nashville flood victims, with his excellent general knowledge of construction, painting and carpentry work. Bill had a special place in his heart for the homeless: his last act on earth was spent purchasing supplies for them.

His children were the pride and joy of Bill’s life. When his children attended school, he enjoyed supporting their school activities and interests in numerous ways and was known for his delicious chocolate chip cookies. The legacy of Bill's love for music, travel, history, space, sports, and nature will continue to live on through them. His free spirit is a part of them, and he instilled in them that the only currency that really matters is love.

Bill was a passionate and vocal Tennessee Titans fan, as well as one of the original PSL holders. He was also a lifelong (and often suffering) Vanderbilt sports fan. He was an avid golfer and was a member of Richland Country Club for many years. Bill loved music: he played the guitar and supported the local live music scene, particularly bands playing at 3rd and Lindsley.

There was nothing that Bill liked better than an interesting conversation with a good (or new) friend, and he thrived on the exchange of interesting or provocative ideas. He traveled extensively throughout his life, but regardless of where he went in the world, his favorite respite was the Smoky Mountains where he serendipitously spent his last full day hiking his favorite trail: Chimney Tops.

A memorial service will be held Friday, November 9, 2018, at twelve thirty at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN. Visitation and gathering of family and friends from ten o'clock until the service begins on Friday.

Interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." --Abraham Lincoln


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Memorial Celebration of Life Service Friday, November 9, 2018

James William Brewer

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Amanda Wells

November 9, 2018

I met Bill about 5 years ago, but from the moment we met it was like we were lifelong friends. As a hair stylist, there are just those clients that you spend a little extra time on because they just brighten your day. Bill was that client. He always had a smile on his face, a positive attitude and a big hug for me before he left. I really enjoyed getting to know him, hearing about his children, his adventures with Babbs and talking about the Titans. He will be missed by many because he truly touched peoples hearts. Sending my love, prayers and condolences to all of his friends and family. ❤️

Carly Bhave

November 4, 2018

Bill was always a friend no matter what, even when he didn’t have to be. We met him and Laura on a cruise 2006 and he had shared his occupation of real estate agent with us. We asked for his business card to keep in touch. Little did we know we would be moving to Nashville a few months later. Bill welcomed us to Nashville as a friend, helped us find a place to live and helped us get to know the city. He remained our friend and later got to know our two children who were born here and sold us our first and second homes. We will greatly miss him and all his good advice.