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First United Methodist Church
Sunday September 16th, 2018
1:30pm - 3:00pm

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Drew Robert Perkerson

Obituary of Drew Robert Perkerson

Dr. Drew Robert Perkerson, age 37, left this world on Tuesday, September 11th; he died of a sudden medical illness but fought tenaciously for the past several months before succumbing. His absence leaves family, friends, co-workers, and fellow crossfitters with a tremendous emptiness.

Drew (Drewsyfus, Drewby, Drewford) had a tremendous mental agility; his wit, sarcasm and sense of humor have been enjoyed by us all. Crossword puzzles, trivia, sports, sudokus, fantasy football, music, Apple devices, mathematics, crossfit workouts, Texas Hold'em poker, his work as a Pharmacist at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, movies, pets, Magic Wok in Oak Ridge, and his FRIENDS were his passions.

As sad as his medical struggle and ultimate death have been and are now, Drew still brought joy to us even in death. The opportunity to come to know his many friends, fellow students and co-workers has allowed us to hear their feelings, thoughts and love for Drew first hand. Nothing could have helped us to re-experience what a wonderful "bright light" Drew was and will remain in our memories forever.

Drew graduated ORHS 1999 and subsequently achieved his PharmD degree in 2017; he became a staff pharmacist at East Tennessee Children's Hospital last year. He worked there also prior to becoming a pharmacist for 14 years on 4 East.

We are certain Drew would want us to tell the world about the fantastic quality of medical care he received at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville the last few months. The respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists were so kind and loving during this dire time. The nurses (many) who cared for him in Medical Critical Care became wonderful caregivers and friends; they will never be forgotten! A special thanks to the Intensive Care doctors and many specialists who tried to help Drew overcome this medical monster his illness was.

He is survived by his mother, Gale Mattson; Father and Step-mom, Dr. Joel and Anne Perkerson; Brothers, Jacob Smiddy, Dr. Jace and Eric Perkerson; Nieces, Aysia Davis and Isabella Smiddy; Grandmother Betty Reinoehl; his feline friend, Thor; and numerous Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins who dearly loved him.

A celebratory memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 16th at First United Methodist Church of Knoxville at 3316 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. Family will receive friends from 1:30PM to 3PM with celebration to follow with Rev. Mark Flynn officiating. Friends and family are asked to share thoughts, feelings, anecdotes and stories during this celebratory service. Jones Mortuary in Clinton, TN is in charge of all arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, Drew would be honored with donations to:

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Development

P.O. Box 15010

Knoxville, TN 37902-5010

Or online at www.ETCH.com

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I knew Drew because of him working as a HUC on 4E dayshift and I work nightshift in PICU. I got to talk with him more when he transferred to the pharmacy back in 2017. Which he was always so pleasant on the phone when he would call. I knew that he had had significant weight loss a few years back but I got to know him a little better a couple of years ago when my friend Eric Ayers and I had did a Marine Mud Run along with a couple more of coworkers. Our team name was Code Brown. We all had a fun time that day and it forever will be etched in my mind. Drew always had a smile on his face every time I ever saw him and even that day when we were going through all the obstacles in the race. Children's Hospital definitely has lost a great employee and friend. My sympathy goes out to all of Drew's family at this time. Deb Jolly PICU HUC Nightshift

Deb Jolly Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

Karen Fieldsa Sep 19 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Drew Perkerson

Karen Fieldsa Sep 19 2018 12:00 AM

Drew was wonderful to work with and will be missed greatly.

Rachel Leffew Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

Allana Jackson Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Drew Perkerson

Allana Jackson Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

Anne and Family, I know we graduated from high school together but we didnt really know each other in high school. I remember you came up to me at the gym and asked if I was Debbie Stout and I knew who you were right away. After that we started talking and began sharing stories. I am happy to say I am glad we got to know each other. I always had Drew and your family in my prayers. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Drew. I pray that God will comfort you and bring you peace. Debbie Hudson

Debbie Hudson Sep 16 2018 12:00 AM

Krista Wilson Sep 16 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Drew Perkerson

Krista Wilson Sep 16 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers for all ..This is a very hard time..God bless you all....

Patti Smith....RN PRMC..TENNOVA Sep 15 2018 12:00 AM

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