R.D. Draper, 91, passed away Thursday, September 6, 2018 at his home in Fritch.
Services will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at First Southern Baptist Church. Services are under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Borger. In lieu of flowers his memory may be honored with a gift to the R.D. Draper Fund at Pantex Federal Credit Union.
R.D. was born September 16, 1926 in Lane, Oklahoma to Ira Clifton Draper and Verne Hutson Draper. He married Reita Carol Francis on August 8, 1948 in Chillicothe, Texas. R.D. proudly served in the United States Army. He is long time member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Fritch. R.D. enjoyed hunting and fishing. Nothing brought more joy to his life than is family.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Randy Draper; granddaughter, Monica Barter.
Survivors include two daughters, Deena Graham and her husband Buddy of Duncan, Oklahoma, Darla Riley of Fritch; six grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren; brothers, William Draper of Vernon, Douglas Draper of North Carolina; sisters, Bea Lapham of North Carolina, LaVerne Rush and husband James of California, Lorene Stinson of Lubbock, and Lillian Barnes of Chillicothe.
R.D. Draper was a wonderful man. He was the model of consistency & faith. What you see in him is what he was, no pretense, no put, on just rock solid Christian dependability. He had a word of greeting & encouragement whenever he saw you. He didn't want to lead the parade but he wanted to make sure the parade was going in the right direction. He was not flashy but without a doubt he could be counted on.
He will be missed. His influence can be measured by kindness, patience, & consideration for people.
To you, who knew him best & loved him most, he has given you a enduring legacy of love & faithfulness. I have been refreshed & enriched because of him.
God bless you.
Ray AdamsMelissa, TX
Darla, your family has always been so special to ours. We love you. I am so sad to hear of your loss. God speed his love and comfort now. Hugs and prayers for you and Deena.
Sally GainesAmarillo, TX
My Deepest Sympathy to this Precious Family! Our family has had the Privilege of being Friends for years. R.D. was such a Godly man with a gentle soul. Many Prayers and Love.
Georgia ParkerRichland, WA
Mr. Diaper was a very nice man. We first met him several years ago when he joined us at Opportunities center. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
Lida Whitehead. Opportunities Center DirectorBorger, TX
Deana, Buddy, Darla and family, we have been blessed knowing your family. R.D. was a sweetheart. He was so faithful to me our Lord. May God’s blessing of peace be upon each of you.
Joe & Peggy HobbsFritch, TX
Uncle R.D. was one of the best and kindest men who ever lived. There are too many wonderful times with Uncle RD, Aunt Reita, Deena, Darla and Randy from as far back as I can remember to even mention here. You were truly loved Uncle R.D. and will be greatly missed.
David Micheal FrancisLos Angeles, CA
Your family has been a mega-blessing to us. Reita Carol was an angel befriending Sydna Taylor, my sister-in-law. Darla was an angel to the whole Crow family -- caring for our mom. May you feel God's comfort and peace.
Barbara Crow TaylorBozeman, MT
RD was such a sweet man. Always had a smile and kind words. Loved him so much.
Annette WilsonAmarillo, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up by Rita Carol and R.D. In Bunavista. I loved them both dearly. He was a very good person & lived by all who knew him.
Joyce Todd CoileBorger, TX
I am so sorry Darla, I will be by to see you soon... Prayers.
Lorna WadeFritch, TX
Have very fond memories of RD,was very knowledgeable about oil & gas equipment,he was extremeley helpful in suppling our needs to our NGL plant, we have missed him since he's retirement.
Lilo FloresBorger, TX
I so greatly love and appreciated R.D, Reita, and Monica. Your family is in my prayers.
Darlene DavisBorger, TX