Barbershopper Of The Year

2021 – Rusty Brewer

This year our Barbershopper of the Year was chosen not only for his dedication to our craft and his love of music but also for his life points or standard of living.  He was born in Hampton, Virginia on April 3, 1960. Some high points in his life include:

  • Kind & respectful of others
  • Good & helpful to neighbors in need throughout the year
  • Rewarded at Christmastime for his good deeds with cookies, chocolates, & gift cards
  • Always complimentary to everyone
  • Generous to a fault & would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need
  • Loves all foods. Recently becoming fond of sushi and anything cooked in Butter
  • Graduated from Brunswick High School in Maryland in 1978
  • Served the US Navy aboard the USS James Monroe
  • His working career has been with CP & L, now known as Duke Energy for 30+ years
  •  He has been happily married to Carey for 42 years
  • They have raised three children – all with a love for music
  • Loves the game of Golf
  • Has grown to really enjoy Softball – we think because the ball is bigger than a baseball?
  • Is a very Spiritual man ewho has served as a deacon in his church
  • He is partial to Ford automobiles but has been known to ride in other brands
  • Sometimes he gets in trouble with his better half and is sent to the basement  for a time
  • He is the oldest in his family.  Two sisters complete his family
  • His favorite rocking chair resides on the porch  which is where he was for most of our Zoom meetings last year.

The Cape Fear Chordsmen Congratulates Rusty Brewer on his selection as our 2021 Barbershopper of the Year!

At the end of each year, a “Barbershopper of the Year” is selected. Candidates for this honor must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be an active member of the Cape Fear Chordsmen
  2. Must have performed outstanding action(s) for the betterment of the chapter
  3. Any active member who has NOT received the BOTY award the previous five (5) years is eligible for this award

The selection committee consists of the Active award recipients who are available with the second most recent recipient serving as chairman of the committee. The presenter should be the committee chairman or his designee.


Previous Years

* Denotes deceased member

** No Longer Affiliated/Moved/Transferred/Quit

1997 – Paul Parker*

1998 – Don Schmitt

1999 – Dave Hogin*

2000 – Tom Head*

2001 – Wally Bader*

2002 – Bob Clark (2)

2003 – Andre Pronko**

2004 – Ed Owens

2005 – Larry Reinhart

2006 – Richard Millard

2007 – Tom Martyn

2008 – Andre Brillaud**

2009 – Roger Hawkins**

2010 – Jim Bader

2011 – Roy Holzwarth

2012 – Arnold Cosby

2013 – Joe Loughlin**

2014 – R. Manley Lucas**

2015 – Larry Hunt**

2016 – Douglas Wick

2017 – Don Smith*

2018 – Jim Boyd

2019 – Louis Petroni

2020 – Ken Thomas

2021 – Rusty Brewer




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