Hugh Henry Brewer was born June 11, 1927 in Knoxville to Frank and Thenia Randles Brewer. He grew up in the Thorngrove community of East Knoxville and attended school through the eighth grade. He had several siblings including brothers, James B. Brewer, Corporal Ruben Brewer; sisters, Mrs. Imogene Finley and Mrs. Kathleen Dowd; half-brothers, Joseph and Charlie Brewer. He was the nephew of Knoxville Sheriff, J. Wesley Brewer, founder of Brewer Funeral Home. Hugh H. Brewer was never married.
Private Brewer entered the United States Army in the final days of World War II. He enlisted March 28, 1946 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia under the terms of enlisting for the Panama Canal Department. He was discharged nine months later after a non-combat tour and returned to Knoxville were he began working as a carpenter.
Private Brewer reenlisted in the US Army on April 7, 1952 and was a member of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on June 16, 1952. Private Brewer was repatriated back to his home town and funeral services were held August 16, 1952 at Brewer Funeral Home. He was laid to rest following the service at Thorngrove Cemetery in East Knoxville.