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DREW Jacksonville native, Edward deBelle Drew, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. Born on July 13, 1924 in Riverside Hospital to Jessie and Eugene Hodson Drew, Sr., Ed was the oldest of five children. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School where he quarterbacked the Generals to two successful seasons. After a tour in the Navy, Ed graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he returned to Jacksonville to join the family printing and engraving business, the H&WB Drew Company. Ed is predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Horace Drew and Eugene Hodson (Shotty) Drew, Jr., and a sister, Sherwood Drew Robinson. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Betty Lu Lanier, his sister, Margaret Drew Brundick, three daughters, Sarah Drew, Lanier Drew (Phil) and Elizabeth Van Cleve (Robert), four grandchildren, Sally, Tucker and Meg Van Cleve and Sidney Gibbs, all of whom reside in Jacksonville. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Ed was deeply connected to the wider community and gave gifts of time, talent and treasure to a number of organizations: Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the Florida Yacht Club, the Gator Alumni Association, the Friars Club and St. Marks' Episcopal Church, where he taught Sunday School and served as both a Vestry member and a lector. The family is deeply grateful to the staff at Some Place Like Home and Community Hospice for their loving care of Ed in his final days. A celebration of Ed's life will be held on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4129 Oxford Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32210. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Community Hospice Foundation, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, 4455 Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32207 or St. Mark's Episcopal Church at the address listed above. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union from Dec. 6 to Dec. 7, 2012
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