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Drew Benjamin Harrell

November 11, 1986April 3, 2019
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Drew passed from this Earth on April 3, 2019, in Frisco, TX. Drew was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend, and he will be missed by many. He was born November 11, 1986, to David and Diana Harrell and was the oldest child with one sister, Christi. He grew up in Rowlett, TX and graduated from Rowlett High School in 2005. Drew loved playing the drums and participated in band during his time at RHS. He attended Texas State University and received his BS in Economics in 2009. After graduating, Drew worked in benefits throughout the DFW area, completing his career at American Fidelity Assurance.

Drew met his wife, Kimberly, in Ms. Losawyer’s 5th grade class at Watson Elementary. The two remained friends throughout the years and began dating while in college. Drew and Kimberly married May 22, 2010, in Frisco, TX and loved doing life together. They enjoyed traveling, cooking, and spending time with their fur babies, Dahlia and Lily.

Drew was always one to help. Anytime a friend or stranger was in need, he did whatever he could. He loved to spend time outdoors and went off-roading and camping any chance he got. Drew loved driving his truck and would often have the music (usually Metallica, Gojira, or some other heavy rock band - although he would be caught listening to ‘My Prerogative’ by Britney Spears more than once) up so loud he could be heard driving down the street. Drew loved anything and everything to do with good whiskey, cigars, space, and ‘The Office.’ Please find some time to enjoy a beverage, watch a space documentary, or work in “That’s what she said” in his honor.

A memorial gathering will be held at Stonebriar Funeral Home, 10375 Preston Road, Frisco, TX, 75033 on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 4:00PM.

Drew was preceded in death by his uncle, Joe Guerrero, and grandfather, David Harrell Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Harrell of Little Elm, TX; his parents, David and Diana Harrell of Rowlett, TX; and his sister and her family, Christi, Jayson, and Olivia Blough of Cincinnati, OH. Additionally, he is mourned by his in-laws, Anthony and Tanya Shipley of Hutto, TX; Sarah and Jonathan Snow of Frisco, TX and many family and friends.

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  • Memorial Gathering Friday, April 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Drew Benjamin Harrell

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Danna Guess

April 12, 2019

Drew and I were co workers a few years ago. He never met a stranger and had a heart as big as his smile. I remember that we initially bonded the day he wore a Texas Tech shirt to the office. And he was quick to tell me that Kimberly was to blame. And I instantly decided she was my favorite of the two and he agreed that I made the right choice.
I will never forget how excited he would get telling Becky and I about the camping trips he and Kimberly would take. Or how he’d laugh at the frivolous things Becky and I would complain about.
Drew was one of a kind and the type of friend we all wished to be.
Anyone who knew Drew was blessed beyond measure!

My deepest sympathy to Kimberly and family.

Becky Dunlap

April 12, 2019

I am so grateful for the memories I have of Drew. Just as everyone else has shared, his connection was instantaneous and he never knew a stranger. His laugh was probably my most favorite thing about him, and if I close my eyes, I can still hear it. He engorged himself on life, love, adventure and all that it had to offer; he left nothing on the table. For him I will always continue to stay the course. I promise to never forget you, and try to honor your memory in my life as best I am able.

An Old Classmate

April 12, 2019

I was bullied a LOT growing up. I remember Drew being the only one of many to somehow understand my plight. I feel like, despite being a kid, he understood human nature. He was always so nice to me, despite me being such an easy target. After grade school I never saw him again, but I will always remember his kind presence. This may be short and irrelevant, but I would be doing him an injustice to not acknowledge one of the few good people I've encountered in this life - someone who was kind without ulterior motives, someone who impacted me to be kind and good to others. I pray peace for his family and friends.

Amy Fields

April 12, 2019

My memories of Drew are filled with a genuinely sweet smile, laughter, and talks of fishing, hunting, and camping. He had a calmness about him and a gentle nature that made you automatically feel welcome. He looked you in the eye when you shared a conversation, showing he was invested and cared. He lived life, a lesson we all need to remember. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. My heart breaks for his family, my heart breaks for him.

Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bear, may it be comforting to you to know the prayers of many people have been coming your way.

My deepest condolences.

Mical Cameron

April 12, 2019

Drew was my absolute best friend growing up. We first met in the 5th grade when we were all new comers to the school starting in the MST program. Being the shy person that I am, I didn't make friends very quickly, but Drew was there and ready to be a friend, and it was so easy to like the guy. As time went on, we went to the same schools and it was like having a brother around. We'd sleep over at each other's houses constantly, playing video games, watching movies, playing music in the garage; we had a TON in common.

Music was something we always bonded over. Every time he'd get a new CD he would usually burn me a copy because he was so excited to get to share it. He introduced me to a lot of great music. I think my fondest memories are goofing off in the garage playing our favorite songs; I'd be on guitar and he was on drums. We played our school's talent show every year we could and it was always a blast. My favorite show was in 8th grade when we played a Godsmack song and we almost had a mosh pit going because the crowd loved it so much. While it was usually just the two of us & we never got around to forming a real band, he was always willing to be my drummer and we always had a good time. Good drummers are hard to find, as are best friends, but I hit the jackpot with Drew because he was both.

After high school, we both went on separate paths, as will happen, but would on rare occasion get together with the ol' Jackson Crew and it was like picking up where we left off. Drew was a kind soul with an infectious laughter that always made you feel better and I can't imagine having a better friend growing up. Thank you for everything, Drew. I'll miss you buddy.

Diana Harrell

April 12, 2019

My sweet baby boy, how we miss you so very much, our lives will never be the same without you. I remember the day you came into this world, thought we almost lost you then but, you proved to be a fighter and gave us 32 yrs. of precious memories. It will be those memories the will help us carryon, on day at a time, without you.

You were always so eager to help, even as a toddler, me take care of your new little sister, Christi. You wanted to feed her, push her in the swing and to make your smile. I would find you in her room in the mornings, trying to sooth her until I arrived, it warmed my heart to see and hear you be such a loving big brother… you continued to be a loving and caring brother into adulthood.
Your infectious laughter during our times of family gatherings, holidays and any other times we spent will always be etched in our memories. You were never afraid to show your parents affection in public and tell us you loved us…we shall miss that the most.

Your light will burn brightly from the heavens above through your savior and those whom you loved and helped.
All of our memories will bring smiles to the faces, and an occasional tear or two, to those who knew you and these times of reflection will warm our hearts. We will keep your legacy alive by assisting others as we trek forward.

To everyone who has left thoughts of reflection, we pray for your and we know with time, all of our broken hearts will mend.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, may his face shine upon up and be gracious to you, we pray the Lord will lift up His countenance upon you and bring you peace. Amen

Jayson Blough

April 12, 2019

I met Drew within the first year after Christi and I started dating. This is saying something because with 3 years of long distance, it was never easy to coordinate meeting anybody but it was a priority to meet Drew and Kim. From the first time I met him, Drew welcomed me whole heartedly into the family just like his Mom and Dad did. He was a gentleman, a connoisseur of fine whiskey and cigars, a good son, brother, husband, uncle, and friend. I’ll never forget weekends spent playing Xbox together from different ends of the country after he found out there was something he could help me with or subtle pointers to help with my golf swing. Thanks for the memories Drew, and Godspeed.

Dena Pollard

April 11, 2019

I met the Harrell family when I first moved to Rowlett in 1987. Drew was Amanda’s first friend. We shared a lot of good times!!

Spencer Lucks

April 11, 2019

Drew had this idea that we should fly to Denver for day and see how many breweries we can hit before flying home that same day. It sounded like a silly idea but a few drinks later and some "I'll do it if you do it" we bought tickets to land Saturday morning and leave Saturday evening. Drew planned out all the breweries we should hit and how far apart they would be. We judged how long we had to drink up and how long we'd need to get moving.
We landed somewhere around 6:30 in the morning and found one of the best breakfast places that served alcohol. Our server came over and asked us what we wanted and we all said "booze". Everyone laughed and some people were confused but once we explained our plan for the day everyone thought it was the coolest most fun idea. We jumped from brewery to brewery and met all kinds of random people who (after hearing our tale) loved us and shared laughs with us for that little moment we had together until we left for the next brewery.
10 hours later and 7 different breweries, we boarded a plane and all fell asleep together...feeling like absolute garbage. It was one of my favorite days I've ever had and I'm lucky I had Drew there to make it happen and make my life forever better. I will always miss him.
Here's a photo of us at the crack of dawn in Denver getting the ball rolling.

Miles French

April 11, 2019

A little more than a year ago, I was introduced to Drew by Steve Olivas. We all played a handful of rounds together, had one or two cigars and a few beers – there was never a dull moment with Drew.

A few weeks ago we all hung out at an Oyster Bar in Plano then made our way to the International Cigar Bar; On the ride over there, we had DJ Drew on the car stereo (Apple Music mix), man Drew’s song selections were all over the place and he queued up EVERY single song (yes every single song) with his own intro. (lol). At the end of the night, I attempted to call an Uber, but Drew insisted that I take a lyft on his account, because it was 50% cheaper. What happened next was too cool in my book; Drew stood outside with me in the cold for a few minutes until the lyft arrived and texted me later that night to make sure I got home. Our text exchanges – Drew: “you make it safe miles,” Miles: yes sir, thanks brother, Drew: “Good deal sir sleep well.” In my mind, I will continue to say his name because I believe a man is not gone while his name is still being mentioned.

To Drew’s friends and family, I leave you with one of my favorite poet Aeschylus. He wrote: "In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the grace of God."

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