Thomas Bernard Draper
March 29, 1937 – May 24, 2021
Thomas Bernard Draper, 84, of Martinsville passed away Monday, May 24, 2021. He was born March 29, 1937 to Thomas “Tommie” M. Draper and Lillian Hairfield Draper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Morton Haynes.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Ann Davis Draper; daughter Bernadette Draper Watts and her husband Gary Edwards Watts; grandson Luke Edward Watts; granddaughters, Savannah Rae Watts and Molly Ross Watts; sister, Alma Draper Haynes; Brother John Daniel "J.D." Draper and sister-in-law Jane A. Draper.
Thomas attended John D. Bassett High School. After high school he was drafted into the military. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict stationed primarily at Irwin Army Hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas.
Prior to and after his military service, Thomas worked for Larry Fisher at Roselawn Cemetery for many years. He later worked for 37 years at CSI, Central Storage Systems, now known as Schenker.
He was a hard worker who loved his family, but he had other interest as well. He was an avid bowler. He bowled all his life continuing until age 82. He was even named “Bowler of the Year” in 1965. Although he never bowled a perfect game of 300 he came very close with a high score of 273.
He also loved NASCAR’s Ford drivers. His favorite was Mark Martin who he enjoyed watching win races. He especially treasured his first vehicle, a 1940 Ford Coupe and his last, a 1986 F-150 pickup truck.
When Bernadette was a senior in high school, she and Ann went to the Ford dealership and bought a Mustang. Thomas traded it in a few days later and got a different mustang he liked which she drove for years at Appalachian State University and even after she married. He was a Ford man through and through!
As a boy, he became a member of Jones Chapel Church of the Brethren in his home community of Figsboro. After marriage, the young couple (just like kids) attended First Baptist Church in Collinsville. In recent years, although a private person, Thomas confirmed his faith in Jesus Christ to his daughter, Bernadette, to his sister-in-law Jane, and to his brother-in-law, Mark.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Roselawn Burial Park In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice of Yadkinville, 243 N. Lee Avenue, Yadkinville, N.C. 27055 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2728 Colonial Ave., SW, Suite 2, Roanoke VA 24015
- Thomas "Tommie" M. Draper, Father (deceased)
- Lillian Hairfield Draper, Mother (deceased)
- Morton Haynes, Brother-in-law (deceased)
- Ann Davis Draper, Wife of 64 years
- Bernadette Draper Watts, Daughter
- Gary Edwards Watts, Son-in-law
- Luke Edward Watts, Grandson
- Savannah Rae Watts, Granddaughter
- Molly Ross Watts, Granddaughter
- Alma Draper Haynes, Sister
- John Daniel "J.D." Draper, Brother
- Jane A. Draper, Sister-in-law
- Daryl Patterson, Active
- Rodney Haynes, Active
- Joe Haynes, Active
- Gary Watts, Active
- Luke Watts, Active
- Daniel Whitlow, Active
Friday, May 28, 2021
Thomas Bernard Draper
June 11, 2021
To Mrs. Draper, Bernadette and entire Draper family,
I was saddened to see Tommy's passing. I knew him through work as I was the primary contact at Frith Construction (landlord) and CSI. He was always so friendly and warm and can only imagine he was even nicer at home. Although it had been years since we last spoke I will remember him always for the gentleman he was.
God bless you and I hope only happy memories soon replace your collective despair.
May 26, 2021
Ann, Bernadette and family,
I am so sorry to hear about Thomas. I always loved spending time with him when I was in Martinsville. Even though he was quiet he had an infectious smile. I am praying for you all and sending my love.
Julie Saylors Haynes
May 26, 2021
I was so sad to learn of Tom's passing. He was my "work"dad! He was the best boss I've ever had! I know he loved his grandchildren and always smiled and laughed when he talked about them. I had gotten slack on sending him birthday cards and had just said I was going to send him a card to let him know I will never forget him. I know you all will miss him and anyone that ever knew him will too. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.