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Drewy Carl Harper, 82, of Tennessee Colony, Texas, died Monday, January 2, 2017, at Cartmell Nursing Home in Palestine, Texas. He was born September 17, 1934, in Martin's Mill, Texas. At age 4 his family moved to Freestone County. He was the son of the late William (Bill) and Willie Mae Allen Harper of Kirvan, Texas. His marriage to Peggy Jean Whitecotton Harper was June 30, 1979. Peggy passed away in May, 2016. Drewy graduated from Teague High School and over the course of his life he earned an Associate Degree in Science. His career included being a car salesman, working in sheetmetal and air conditioning. From 1956-1959, Drew served in the military in the Army Security Agency as an E-5 Sgt. - Morris code interceptor. He served in Japan and Taiwan. From 1966-1969 he was a Texas Highway Patrolman and from 1970-1993 he was employed by the Texas Department of Corrections where he retired as Program Administrator over all Maintenance and Construction for the Northern Region of TDCJ. Drewy was an active member of the Tennessee Colony Church where he served as a deacon. As a member of the Mason's, he achieved the level of Master Mason. Surviving him are daughters Susan Laney and her husband, Bobby, and their three children Laci, Nicole, and Lori, and daughter Tamie Harrington, her husband Kevin, and their three children, Jason, Zachary, and Gabrielle. He had eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Louis Carroll and his wife, Sally, and sisters, Mary Kelly and Nancy Harper and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his sister Billie Withers.
If there was one thing Drewy loved doing more than anything, it was singing and playing his guitar for church and gospel singings he attended. He enjoyed a lifelong talent of doing both. He was also an awarded skeet shooter and loved the outdoors.
A special thank you to his pastor and friend, Bro. Bud Howard and his wife Amber, who was Drew's caregiver for several months, as well as, their children, who were special to him. Also, a special thank you to Drew's close and dear friends, members of his church family, and the Hospice caregivers who loved and cared for him during his life time and his illness. You all are a precious blessing to him. His family is thankful for each and every one who loved him and took time to help care for him, and those who visited with him.
We want everyone to celebrate his life as you remember him.
Drewy will be at Herrington /Land of MemoryFuneral Home in Palestine, Texas. Combined visitation and services will be at Tennessee Colony Church, with visitation beginning at 10 AM, and services following at 11 AM, January 5, 2017.
The family request memorial donations be given to Tennessee Colony Church.
View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com.
Published on January 3, 2017
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