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Thomas Fryer Draper

October 9, 1938June 14, 2019
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Thomas Fryer Draper (Tommy), 80, of Martinsville, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019. Tommy was born in Martinsville, October 9, 1938 to Edgar Harrison Draper and Fannie Hensley Draper. He was a graduate of Martinsville High School and Danville Technical School and also served in the Army. Tommy was a charter member of Chatmoss Baptist church. Later, he was a long-time member of Chatham Heights Baptist Church. Tommy was a member of Gideons International and was dedicated to sharing God's word. Tommy was an avid golfer, hunter and a respected dog trainer. His happiest days were spent with his family, his friends and his dogs. Tommy and his friend Archie Vipperman started two businesses, Commonwealth Film Processing and Commonwealth Laminating. Both businesses have provided employment for hundreds of people.

Tommy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Florence Guerrant Draper; two daughters, Marion D. Sparks (David) and Susan D. Thompson (Matt); grandchildren, Zachary, Jacob and Olivia Katz; brother, John S. Draper (Martha); sister-in-law, Patsy Draper and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Walston and brother, Gerard Draper. The family will receive friends Sunday, June 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Chatham Heights Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Chatham Heights Baptist Church, 1235 Old Chatham Rd, Martinsville, VA 24112 or to Gideon’s International, Henry Co. East, P. O. Box 1243, Martinsville, VA 24114.

Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home.

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Richard Clifton

June 17, 2019

I was fortunate to have worked with Tommy at Martin Processing back in the mid-eighties. He was a most likable and diligent manager for the dye house. He and my dad were both avid bird hunters so I immediately took a liking to Tommy. I learned that he was also very active in the sports programs at Martinsville High. As he went on to start his own companies, it became crystal clear to me that he was a very special man with a humble quiet confidence who had special talents to which very few people ever aspire. Rest in peace - your life's work is done Tommy! Our heartfelt sympathies to the family-be very proud of Tommy's legacy as a quiet Captain of Industry!
Ricky and Karen Clifton

Judy Ingram

June 17, 2019

We extend our heartfelt love, prayers and sympathy to Florence, Marion and husband, Susan and husband, the precious grandchildren left behind, Johnny and Martha and Tommy's sister-in-law and all loved family members with the passing of Tommy. It has been a while since we last saw him and/or the family. We remember our days at Chatmoss Baptist Church where we first met and got to know Tommy and Florence and family and Johnny and Martha and family. Tommy was such a kind and friendly man who you always enjoyed being around. We also know he was a good Christian man and remember when we used to sit in church pew close to him and remember well how beautifully he sang the church hymns. He had a beautiful voice.
I know he will be greatly missed by everyone but am sure God has much greater plans for Tommy in Heaven. Again, our love goes out to every member of Tommy's family and we will continue to lift you up in our prayers during this difficult time.
Judy and Gary Ingram

Jimmy and Jean Blankenship

June 16, 2019

Florence, Marion, and Susan: Jimmy and I extend our deepest condolences in the loss of your husband and father. We know from our interactions with Tommy, and from Marion and David’s stories, how devoted he was to each of you. On Father’s Day, it’s a privilege to celebrate the life of a man who exemplified our heavenly Father’s love throughout his life. We grieve with you, but rejoice knowing he is at home with our Savior, free of pain and infirmity. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve this great loss. With much love, Jean and Jimmy

Jodie Gravely

June 15, 2019

Stan and I loved Tommy. He was such a positive gentle soul. He will be greatly missed, but I know he is sooo happy now!

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