Herbie Drew

*Contributed by James E. Lantrip.

Herbie Drew  1937-1999

Herbie was born in Norris City, Ill. on April 15, 1937 to Mary Ellen Carter Drew and the late Enos Alvin Drew.  Herbie married Carolyn A. Rich on November 22 1958 and to this union Katherine Ann, and Lowell Dwain were born.

Herbie and Carolyn owned H & C taxi service in McLeansboro. They moved to California where Herbie worked for the Caterpillar Tractor Company.  Several  years later they relocated to Taylor Co. Texas for a short time before moving to East Peoria Illinois. Herbie retired from  Caterpillar after more than 30 years. Upon retirement he moved to the beautiful Ozark Mountains at Branson where his bottled art can be seen at “Ripleys Believe It or Not” museum. 

Herbie was called to be with his earthly and heavenly Father on  June 19, 1999 after a short battle with cancer. The most humble, loving, talented Christian man leaves behind to carry on his legacy:  His wife of 40 Years Carolyn A. Drew: Son Lowell (Butch) D. Drew, Daughter Katherine A and husband Samuel L. Hagey, Grandchildren John R and Kevin  Hagey, Joshua A.., Shelby L.,, and Conner R. Drew.  His brother Herman E. Drew, sisters Darlene F. Hoke, and Frelnna V. Crawford. His second set of earthly parents Dale and Morrissene Drew. He also leaves behind his church family and friends.

Funeral Services were held at Gholson Funeral Home McLeansboro, Ill.

Entombment at IOOF Cemetery McLeansboro, Ill.

*The song “Eveready” was written by Herb Drew. It was performed by the Elmridge Singers.  The harmonica that could be heard is a recording by Herb himself, a reminder that his music and legacy will be with us always. 

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