Don Brewer, former UT letterman in tennis, dies

Former 1970s Tennessee tennis letterman Don Brewer died Monday at his home in Knoxville. He was 55.

Mr. Brewer was 36-32 in singles and 36-24 in doubles at UT 1975-78, lettering all four seasons under coaches Louis Royal and John Newman.

His best year was as a senior, when he went 15-10 in singles and 19-6 in doubles with partner Chris Chandler. Mr. Brewer was the SEC's top-seeded player at No. 5 singles in the 1978 conference tournament, where he lost in the quarterfinals.

Mr. Brewer attended Jefferson High School. He was the tennis team MVP his senior year and earned the state's No. 3 ranking. Mr. Brewer won the 1974 Tennessee district and state open tournaments, and was runner-up in the state closed competition.

The family is receiving friends 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel on Kingston Pike. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Breakthrough Corp., 1805 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920.

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Comments » 3

GONAVY writes:

Wow. Every time I read where someone who was there when I was has passed, reality and mortality come front and center. I agree Bivolar_Bear.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

I went to school with Don at Jefferson City Elementary, Jefferson City High School and UT. He was a good guy. Rest In Peace.

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