Carroll Bedford Drewyer

October 25, 1926December 2, 2018

Carroll Bedford Drewyer was born on October 25, 1926 and passed away on December 2, 2018.


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Gary W. Luft

December 7, 2018

Carroll helped coach me in tennis in Waco when I was just a kid (13 - 15 yrs. old) in the early 1960's. He was someone we all looked up to because he was clearly a man of character and an excellent player and coach. I remember Carroll, Archie Thompson and Jimmy Robinson working at Sul Ross Tennis Center in Waco. They were very special people who cared deeply about the kids and development of tennis in Waco.

Carroll was quite the competitor. He had no quit in him. I watched many of his matches in awe of his ability and his competitiveness. One of my few regrets in life was not accepting his offer to go to California and work at the country club for him the summer after my senior year in high school (1966). I have regretted that decision many times.

Carroll always made you feel special. He was a good man and I have nothing but good memories of him touching my life and making me a better person and a better tennis player.

God Bless you, coach.

Gary W. Luft - Waco, Texas

Monica Leonido Patterson

December 6, 2018

Carroll was an integral part of my life, my family’s life, and our Waco Tennis Family. I best remember him telling me stories of the glory days of Waco, meeting celebrities while teaching tennis in Malibu, and his cheesy jokes. He taught me all about real jazz and how there’s no better way to experience it than live in a club. And if you can’t hear it live, you turn the volume up in the car like it’s a live performance. When we first met him, he had a deliorian car! No matter what age the player, he would smoke them on the tennis court. He’d sterilize diet Dr Pepper cans and have them chill in the water cooler so that after our lessons we’d have an ice cold coke waiting for us. I loved seeing the paintings Ms. Bettie had hanging in their house. I met his lovely daughter Dana when I was 18. She felt like family because I had heard about her so much from Carroll. He was an amazing person and he will always be loved! Thank you Carroll for sharing your life with us.