*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.
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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