|Joe Drewry named fire festival grand marshal |
|Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:11 am |
Joe Lane Drewry
After giving 52 years of his life to the community of Greenfield, fire chief Bob Dudley said it was an honor to name Joe Lane Drewry as this year’s grand marshal of the Fall Fire Prevention Festival. Joe’s memory will live on during the days of the event from Oct. 4-9 as a community pays tribute to his service.
Joe and his twin brother Jerry were born on March 29, 1938 in Union City, Tennessee. Joe and his family lived in Memphis and Pasadena, Calif. before moving to Greenfield in 1945.
He was employed by Greenfield Manufacturing Co., which was later known as Kellwood Co., from 1956 until 1983. He began as a dockhand and worked his way to Material Coordinator/Purchasing Agent.
Joe also worked as a Supervisor at the Milan Army Ammunition Plant from 1985 until his retirement in 1999.
Joe was married to the late Theresia Foster, on Aug. 29, 1958 until her death in 1986. The couple had two sons, Burt, and Tony; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Joe was a member of the Greenfield Fire Department starting in 1957 until his retirement in 2009.
He served the city and surrounding community for 52 years.
He served as a fireman, a training officer, assistant chief and deputy chief. He was also a former Jaycee and Charter Member of the Greenfield Conservation and Gun Club as well as a state champion trap shooter.
Dudley says it is a great honor to have Joe as the Grand Marshal.
“Joe worked beside myself helping put the annual Fire Prevention Festival together for the last 20 years. Joe was the type to just ask him for help and he was always there to do whatever was needed,” Dudley commented.
“Joe was like a right arm for me helping operate and run the Greenfield Fire Dept. for many years. All the members of the Greenfield Fire Department say thanks for your support and guidance over the past 52 years,” he added.
On July 23 of this year Joe passed away after his battle with cancer.
The City of Greenfield will pay tribute to Joe with a memorial service at the Greenfield Fire Department at 11 a.m. Oct. 9.
At the same time as a part of the Greenfield Fall Fire Prevention Festival, a memorial service is planned for flight nurses Misty Brogdon and Cindy Parker, Flight Nurse and pilot Doug Phillips.
The Air Evac Lifeteam members Wing 5 lost their lives in an accident on March 25, 2010.
All family, friends, and community members are invited to remember these four people who dedicated their lives to helping others with a memorial service and bell ringing service Saturday, Oct. 9.