January 28, 1934 – May 27, 2021
Funeral services for Dallas M. (Judge) Brewer, 87, will be conducted on Wednesday, June 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Denver City. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 1st from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Ratliff Funeral Home in Denver City. Dallas left this earth to begin his heavenly journey on May 27, 2021.
Judge Brewer was born on January 28, 1934 in Green County, Arkansas. Three years later his family moved to the Wayside community in Lynn County. His father was a sharecropper and the family relocated almost annually around the South Plains as the elder Brewer searched for better farmland. In the late 1940’s, the family moved to the Slide community. Dallas graduated from Cooper High School in 1953. Two months later, he married Barbara Stanford and began working for her father. In 1955, Dallas joined the U.S. Army and served 18 months in Germany. Following his discharge in December 1957, Dallas rented a quarter section of farmland near Slide for one year. Meanwhile, Barbara’s father had purchased a section of land in southwestern Yoakum County and in 1959 offered to let Dallas and Barbara farm it.
Judge Brewer’s life can best be described as a life of service. He was unselfishly devoted to God, his family, his community, and his country. Dallas led the singing for 45 years at Bethel Baptist Church, taught an adult Sunday School class, and served as a deacon. He honored God in every facet of his life. For Dallas, family always came first. He was the one that every family member looked to for advice and guidance on tough decisions. No matter how busy he was, he always had time for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Judge Brewer was always looking for ways to serve his community and make it a better place. He served for several years on the Denver City School Board, the NACo Board of Directors, the ACG Board, and many others. His crowning achievement was being elected by the people of Yoakum County to serve as County Judge in 1986. He loved serving his fellow citizens. He often stated that his most difficult decisions involved sending juveniles to the Lubbock Juvenile Center of the Texas Youth Commission. That is a testament to the kind of man he was. Judge Brewer touched many lives during his 20 year tenure as County Judge. After he retired as County Judge, you could find him at the car wash, working funerals, meeting his friends for coffee, or on the golf course. He loved staying busy and helping others.
To his family, Papa was always larger than life. He is survived by two daughters: Dormye (Mel) Halbrooks of Lubbock and Kim (Vernon) Hancock of San Angelo. Additionally, Papa is survived by six grandchildren: Darin (Brian) Dorsett of Broomfield, Colorado, Danna (Michael) Riedl of Lubbock, Kylee Whipple of Lubbock, Kirk Whipple of Abilene, Tarren Huff of San Antonio, and Keenan Hancock of Midland. Papa’s five great grandchildren were definitely the apple of his eye: Owen Riedl, Emma Riedl, Ashton Huff, Jaxson Huff, and Lexson Huff. Dallas is also survived by a sister, Roma (Jerry) Haley of Lubbock and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dallas was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Brewer, his parents Cornelius and Edna (Ramsey) Brewer, and five siblings: Earlon Brewer, Ellis Brewer, Romaine Brewer, Athalee Hopper, and Daloma Smith.
The family wishes to thank the administration and staff of The Legacy at South Plains for taking such great care of Dallas and loving him as if he were part of their families. Additionally, a special thank you to Kindred Hospice of Lubbock for providing support to the family and comfort care to Dallas during his final hours.