Tina Cook not giving up search for missing husband

Tina Cook not giving up search for missing husband
Two celebration of life services will be held Saturday to remember and honor the life of Dexter Brewer.  (Photo source: WLOX)
Two celebration of life services will be held Saturday to remember and honor the life of Dexter Brewer.  (Photo source: WLOX)

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - "We're going to keep fighting, until we bring him home," says Tina Cook, whose husband went missing in a plane crash nearly four months ago.

Dexter Brewer was on a business trip, headed to South Carolina, when the small plane he was in went down shortly after taking off from Gulfport on October 26th. Despite exhaustive search efforts in Jackson County, the small plane and those onboard, have never been recovered.

It has been 110 days since the love of her life, went missing in that crash. A celebration of life service will be held this weekend for Dexter Brewer, who close friends knew as "Debo."

"I miss his sweet smile and his sweet soul every day. Because he was, he was one of those people that was always optimistic, always upbeat. And if you were having a bad day, he just made you feel better if you'd see him and talk to him," said Cook, as she spoke with a reporter at her home in Saucier.

She is not willing to accept that her husband may never be found. And while extremely grateful for all the search efforts to date, she plans on being out on the water again.

"When we actually go out there, I think it makes us feel like we're doing something. We're helpless. You know, we're on land. They're out there in the water somewhere. We can't get to 'em. We can't find 'em. It's a helpless feeling. You want to do something, but you don't know what to do," she said.

Dexter Brewer was an avid outdoorsman who loved Mississippi State football. He was a do-it-yourself kind of guy, quick with a smile. One of four brothers, his mom passed away just two weeks after the plane crash. His dad still hopes his son may be found.

"He's always saying, go see if you can find him and bring him back home to us," says Cook, clutching a framed photo of the family.

Tina Cook takes a deep breath each morning and marches forward, one day at a time.

"Otherwise, you pull the covers over your head and sit there and feel sorry for yourself. And that's not what he would want us to do. And we can't accomplish anything by doing that," she said, with a look of determination in her eyes, "So, we're going to keep putting one foot in front of the other, trying to breathe, and do what's necessary to try to bring him home. That's the most important thing."

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