CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
January 30, 1933 ~ June 11, 2019
Elfrieta Brewer, 86, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Elfrieta Mingo Brewer was born on January 30, 1933, in Kannapolis, NC, the first daughter born to Jerry and Nellie Mingo. She was her mother’s mini-me and her father’s baby girl. Her siblings, Jerry, Joe, Charles and Blandene knew she was large and in charge whenever her parents left the house. She kept things running with an iron fist. She was determined not to disappoint her parents. She kept everyone in-line and focused on their tasks. Her childhood upbringing resonated throughout her life. She was strong, yet sensitive to the needs of others, compassionate but no one could take advantage of her with foolishness. She was brought up in a Christian family and accepted Christ at an early age. Elfrieta, better known to family and friends as, “Snookie” a nickname her dad gave her, attended Carver High School in Kannapolis, NC and Barber Scotia College in Concord. NC.
Her faith was strong throughout her life. After being told by the doctor on June 10, 2019 that death was imminent, she replied: “I am ready to go whenever God is ready for me. I will die a happy woman. I have lived a happy life and I have a great family. I am tired now and I am ready to go.” She seemed almost excited to go see her God and her cherished husband of 63 years, John Lee Magellan Brewer, her sweetie, Big John. He proceeded her in death on Feb. 4, 2017.
Elfrieta and John Lee were married on October 16, 1953. They were the proud parents of five children, Debra, Donnie, Tami, Kim and Michael. They loved their children with their whole hearts and their children loved them back with equal intensity. Their love for each other was not a stingy love or selfish, it was shared freely with family, neighbors, friends and anyone in need. Snookie not only opened the door to her heart to others but the door to her home. Their family moved to Hackensack NJ in the early 1960’s where they united with the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. During the more than 40 years they lived in Hackensack, their home was the place to be during the summer months for her nieces, nephews, and other family members. There were trips to Washington, DC enjoyed by a car full of kids and sometimes the dogs. Vacations at the beach and outings to New York City for a play or movie. And no one who ever visited with them for an overnight stay could forget cleaning Feibel’s Bowling Alley at 2AM. It was a right-of-passage to being part of the family! Snookie had a way about her that could make life, even in the toughest of times, somehow easier to bear.
She worked at Becton Dickenson Medical Supply company for twenty years. She began as an office clerk in 1965. She was quickly recognized as an asset and promoted. She helped to install and operate the first computer the company purchased and became an integral part of BD’s newly minted computer department.
She loved to travel and has visited many exciting countries and cities both in the US and abroad. She was also privileged, because of her daughter, Kimberly and Stevie Wonder, to be invited to the White House during the tenures of President Bill Clinton and President Barak Obama.
Snookie was a true fashionista. She had a sharp eye for fashion and her love of shoes and hats was immeasurable. She turned heads with her stylish dresses, shoes and hats. She found great pleasure in crafting. Her hands were never idle for she used them to make beautiful knitted or crocheted outfits, blankets, booties and hats for her “babies”. Her design skills led her to create lovely porcelain dolls, and figurines which she proudly displayed in her home and gave away as gifts.
She leaves on this earth to enjoy their memories of her and to emulate her indomitable spirit, her daughters, Min. Debra B. Spencer (John), Tami White (Sherman) and Kimberly Brewer. Her sons, Donnie Brewer and Michael Harris (Carmen). Her brothers, Jerry Mingo (Aurelia), Rev. Charles Mingo and sister, Blandene Thonpson. She was predeceased in death by her brother Joe Mingo (Francis). Also mourning her loss are her sister-in-law Eunice Long, brother-in-law Walter Brewer; grandchildren, Rev. William H. “BJ” Simmons, III (Qianna), Tramia White, Jarrid White, Monique Sanders, Michael Harris, Jr., (LaTessa), Kachiri Black (Rasheed) and Sandra Jimenez. Her spirit will live on in her great-grandchildren, Aniya Simmons, William Simmons IV, John Simmons, Aubrey Simmons, Autumn Simmons, Jasmine Wallace, Javen Sanders, Nigel Harris; Miqiah Harris; Serenity Roper; Ari Harris, Kenya Harris; Michael Harris, III, Londyn Harris. Shomari Dean, and Nyah Dean. Special friends, Margaret Scott, and Mary Kincaide and a host of nephews, nieces, friends and other family members will cherish her memory forever. Dear to her heart are the special men and women who adopted her as their second Mom, Helen King Coleman, Todd Robinson and Stevie Wonder.
To God Be The Glory Until We Meet Again!
A service to Celebrate the Life of Ms. Brewer will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28216. The visitation will begin at 11:00 AM and the funeral service will begin at 12:00 PM. Interment will follow at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Salisbury National Cemetery 501 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144.
The Brewer family has entrusted her care to Boston's Mortuary.