Charles BrookmeyerJune 29, 1923 ~ July 26, 2017 (age 94)
Charlie “Chuck” Brookmeyer, 94, died July 26, 2017 at The Webb House Retirement Center in McMinnville, TN.
He was born June 29, 1923 in Manhattan, New York, to parents Ida and Phillip who had immigrated to America from Austria. Growing up , he was best friends with his twin brother Sidney and loved amateur boxing and playing stick ball.
A veteran of World War II, he was stationed on an aircraft carrier off the island of Okinawa, Upon returning after the war, he was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana where he met Carolyn Marcus. They married and had two children, who survive their father – Pam Brookmeyer Reznick of Austin, Texas and Leslie Brookmeyer McWilliams of Dunlap, TN.
After many years working around the country, he eventually settled in Tennessee where he spent the past 29 years of his life. He graduated with an Associate’s Degree from Chattanooga State University in 1993, just before his seventieth birthday.
He went on to study political science for three years at the University of Tennessee- Chattanooga. There he continued to play competitive racquetball and was even known to give his younger classmates a run for their money.
He was a perennial jokester who loved talking about crime novels, discussing political news, and showing off photos of his family and friends.
In addition to his two daughters, he is also survived by three granddaughters, Stephanie McWilliams Shiers, Rachel Reznick, ad Heather McWilliams; two-great-grandchildren, Matson Shiers and Kyah Munger.
Graveside services will be held Friday, July 28 at 10 am at Mizpah Cemetery with Rabbi Craig Lewis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in his memory to the Barbara Streisand Women’s Heart Center, % Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048 or htpp://giving.cedars-sinai.edu or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.