Obituary: Sweetwater newspaper 23 Aug. 1998
Al Brower, 76, former Sweetwater resident, died Aug. 21 in Tuscon, Ariz. following a lengthy illness. Services are pending under the direction of Mc Coy Funeral Home. He was born March 20, 1922 in Madill, Okla. and married Maxine Sikes on April 14, 1945 in San Francisco, Calif. He served in the United States Navy during World War II (14 November 1942 to 8 November 1945) and was a long-time police officer in California. He moved to Sweetwater in 1978 where he owned and operated Al's Cafe. He was a loyal supporter of the Sweetwater Mustangs. The Browers had recently moved to San Manuel, Ariz. He had been a policeman in California until 1956, then he worked for Bell Brand Foods. He was a Baptist and a World War II Veteran. He is survived by his wife, Maxine of San Manuel; a daughter and son-in-l aw, Brenda and Greg Eberhardt of Sweetwater; a daughter and son-in-law, Kaye and Jerry Ham of San Manuel; three sisters, Virginia Williard of Sweetwater, Georgia Lou Gaines of Odessa and Etta Wilcox of Shallowater; four grand-children, Terre Susser of Henderson, Nev., Kerri Ham of Tuscon, Ariz. Doug Clark of Little Rock, Ark. and Jodi Eberhardt of Sweetwater; three great-grandchildren, including Briana Eberhardt of Sweetwater; God-son David Mayes of Sweetwater; and very special friend, L.H. Howard of Sweetwater. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Al's Cafe was located on West Broadway in downtown Sweetwater, TX and you can still see the sign on the side of the building. Al got up every morning around 2:00 am so he could get the coffee on and make the bisquits for all of his faithful customers.
Al died August 21, 1998 and was entombed at Resthaven Masoleum, Lubbock, TX.
Al's wife was my cousin and I fondly recall visiting them in California as a child and being impressed seeing him in his police uniform, then later in life eating at Al's Cafe in Sweetwater (a very popular restaurant). Al and Maxine shared a home on the beach on several vacations to the Cayman Islands (Caribbean) with my parents later in life. Al died of a heart attack and was a truly great guy.