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March 25, 1934 - June 19, 2022
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Martha Louisa Mullins Brewton went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 19, 2022. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 2:00 PM, at First Baptist Church, Thomaston, GA, 208 South Church Street with Rev. Ted Kandler officiating. The family will receive friends and family at a visitation held immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall at the Baptist Church.Martha Brewton was born in Thomaston, Georgia on March 25, 1934, and was the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Spencer Grady Mullins and Ethel McFarlin Mullins. Her formative years were spent in a loving and busy household. Her father was a pharmacist who owned and operated City Drug on the square in Thomaston and her mother was the proprietor of a dress shop also on the square. Martha’s childhood home also included her two older brothers, Spencer Mullins and Joe Mullins, who she both adored and respected from their childhood together through the remainder of their lives. She was educated in Thomaston’s public schools and graduated from R.E. Lee Institute in 1952 where she was an excellent student and majorette.Martha began her college education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and then transferred to the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. In December of 1955, while home from college on Christmas break, she met Sam Brewton who would prove to be the love of her life. The two were married in 1956 and remained married and inseparable for the next sixty years until Dr. Brewton’s death in 2016. He described his marriage to Martha as the “best day’s work he ever did” and often cited it as the primary foundation of his subsequent life and achievements. Anyone familiar with Martha Brewton’s character, charm and competency will have no doubt as to the truth of this assessment.Martha and Sam lived briefly in Jacksonville, Florida where Martha taught school for one year while Sam finished his medical residency. They then moved to 29 Palms, California where Dr. Brewton, as a naval medical officer, was assigned to a Marine artillery unit. They lived there for two years and Martha would often recall this time in their lives as being very special and filled with freedom, good friends and the relative security of peacetime military life which she enjoyed. While living in California, Sam and Martha’s oldest child, Martha Caroline, was born.Martha and Sam then moved to Augusta, Georgia where Dr. Brewton completed a five year residency in General Surgery and Urology. Their two sons, Sam and Ben, were born in Augusta. One of Martha’s primary memories was that, as a young resident, Sam spent the majority of his time at the hospital and used their only car to get there, leaving her at home with no car and three small children which, as she always indicated in her inevitably positive outlook on life, “allowed us to all spent a lot of time together.”In 1964, Martha and Sam moved to Thomaston where she lived the remainder of her life. She believed Thomaston was a wonderful place to live and rear a family. There is little doubt her hometown is better off for her decision to make it her permanent home.Martha was a devoted and completely competent wife and mother who truly made a house into a home. She was an accomplished seamstress who sewed not only her daughter’s clothes through college but, in prior years, sewed clothes for dolls as well. An avid gardener, she never tired of improving Upson County’s red clay soil so she could grow the flowers she loved to cut and arrange. Her cooking ability was extraordinary and coveted by everyone who enjoyed it. Meals were made from scratch and an invitation to have “soup and a sandwich” usually started with the cooking of a ham two days prior and a pot of soup that involved an equal effort. Her Thanksgiving dressing, gravy and yeast rolls will live forever in the hearts, minds and tastebuds of those fortunate enough to have experienced them.Martha Brewton was extremely active in her community and led by quiet example. She and her husband felt those who did not work to make their hometown a better place to live had little room to complain. She was especially interested in history, the arts and beautification. Martha was one of the 13 founding members of the Thomaston Upson Arts Council (TUAC) and was the president of that organization for several years.She appreciated history and thought a community cognizant of and connected to its past was a better place to live. To that end, she served on the Historic Preservation Commission and was a dedicated board member of the Upson Historical Society where she served as president from 1986 until 1988. As part of that organization she was active in finding and establishing an archive building for Upson County and researching and documenting cemetery information.Martha worked to make Thomaston a more beautiful place. She served on the Thomaston Tree Board which had been founded by her husband during the time he was Mayor and served on that board for almost 20 years. She believed trees should be planted, cared for and preserved and was rarely enthused or in agreement with a tree being cut down. She served on the committee that worked to improve Thomaston’s Streetscape and was a longtime member of the Green Thumb Garden Club including service as president of that organization.Martha was a Christian who studied and believed in the Bible’s message. She and Sam were longtime members of the First Baptist Church where, over the years, she served as a teacher for the Youth II (teenage girls) Sunday School class and was a faithful member of the Welcome Sunday School class. She served on the Decorating Committee for the church, the Bell Tower Committee and the Beautification Committee as well. When the church needed her, she was there.She was proud of her roots and place in a small town but also considered herself a citizen of the world. There were few things Martha loved to do more than travel. She and Sam, together with their beloved group of friends, traveled the globe and had many adventures including trips to China, Greece, Scotland, Australia and the Amazon. She was tremendously interested in different people and cultures and was always ready to set off on the next adventure. Her family remembers with particular fondness a trip taken to Italy in 2007 in celebration of Martha and Sam’s 50th wedding anniversary that included not only many beautiful sights but the presence of their children and grandchildren as well.Martha Brewton was a beautiful woman in both physical appearance and spirit. She was also tough in an understated way. She beat cancer twice and, in keeping with her personality, immediately thereafter began to routinely drive the Cancer Car volunteering to drive community members who could not provide their own transportation to out of town doctor’s appointments and treatments.She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who was uniformly loved and respected in return by her entire family. She was a steadfast and dependable friend who could be counted on to be present and supportive in times of both joy and sorrow. Graciousness, kindness and empathy were the principles that guided her life and benefited all those who came into contact with her. Her corner of the world was a better place with her in it. She was loved dearly while she was here and will be missed sorely now that she is gone.She is survived by her daughter Martha Caroline Reddick and her husband Franklin; her son Samuel Alton Brewton III and his significant other Ramona Phipps; her son Benjamin H. Brewton and his wife Heidi; and four grandchildren: Thomas Reddick and his wife Ann, Jackson Reddick and his wife Anna Lee, Ann Louisa Brewton and Benjamin Brewton, Jr. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Foundation, 208 South Church Street, Thomaston, GA 30286 or Thomaston Upson Arts Council (TUAC), 201 S. Center Street, Thomaston, GA 30286. Remembrances may be expressed at www.fletcherdayfuneralhome.com.Fletcher-Day Funeral Home of Thomaston is in charge of all arrangements.