Henrietta Drew, age 96 of Newport News

Henrietta Drew, age 96 most recently of Phoenixville, PA passed away on August 21, 2019 at the Southeastern Veterans Center. She was a longtime resident of Newport News, VA and the wife of the late Raleigh G. Drew. She was the daughter of the late Luke Cooper and Novella (Springfield).

Henrietta is survived by her daughter; Georgianne McEntyre of Phoenixville, grandchildren; Karen Tyler, Karlise Johnson, Kolette Johnson, Nancy Cromwell, Brian McEntyre, and Brandon McEntyre and great-grandchild; Elijah Cromwell.

She is also survived by siblings; Ezelle Cooper and Margaret Kea. She was preceded in death by siblings; Matthew Cooper, Theodore Cooper, Aaron Cooper, and Leona Brown.

Henrietta was proprietor of a small General Store in Newport News, VA which was the love of her life! She loved flowers and will be missed by her many family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Henrietta’s Life on Thursday, August 29th at the Cooke Brothers Funeral Home and Chapel, 1601 27th St, Newport News, VA 23607. Friends will be received from 10-11AM with a service to follow at 11AM. Henrietta will be buried with her late husband Raleigh at Hampton National Cemetery in Hampton, Virginia.


“My dear beautiful grandmother, once you meet her, everyone would love being around her.  People from wherever, always say what a beautiful, pleasant person you are.  She was a character full of life, love to joke around, speak her mind on different topics, willingly giving her advice, and she fought for what she thought was right.

Grandmom had a big heart always giving to her family and community. She enjoyed helping out the community and charities around her.  She helped families who did not have a meal to feed their children.  She loved being around children, she made them laugh, and they made her laugh. Putting a big smile on her face.

Her everyday therapy was her garden and flowers.  She enjoyed being outside in her garden & yard nurturing her plants, flowers, and vegetables everyday.  She had no favorite flowers.  All of them were beautiful in her eyes. I have to admit I lost my very special beautiful flower in this world today.

She enjoyed getting the newspaper and health magazines.  Reading them everyday to get the latest updates. As well as, being educated on what's taking place in the world.  How different vegetables help you physically. 

She taught me things in life to take care of yourself, your body, and your mind. To be determine in life to reach your goals.  We had discussions on how to eat healthy with the veggies, spoke on different methods of hair care, spoke on skin care, and exercise each day.  Later on in her life she would walk for blocks at a time going to the market.  In which she enjoying doing until she come not walk anymore.

Grandmom loved her family, grandmom we love you back.  I have to admit I lost my most beautiful flower...grandmom my heart and love will always be with you.  


“My thoughts on my grandmother are endless. She was a beautiful, strong willed individual who didn’t take nothing from anyone. She would walk five blocks in her old age pulling along her cart just to get her groceries. Imagine walking 5 blocks at 93 years old! She would also say “Nancy I drink garlic water every day, that’s what keeps me healthy.” I often wondered about her home remedies. Lol! She made me feel so loved and I knew every time we ended our conversation she would say “I love you more than you ever know,” I knew she meant it. She may not have been there for all the important events in our lives but it’s ok, I understood why she didn’t or maybe even couldn’t. She always said “Nancy, take care of yourself and my beautiful great grandson of mine.” We would have our long conversations on the phones and I learned a little more about her each time. I miss those phone calls. I couldn’t bring myself to see her towards the end because I wanted to remember her the last time I saw her smiling and healthy. But it’s okay I will see her again real soon and we will continue those conversations and work in her garden. (Rev. 21:3,4) My son and I will miss her dearly.”


“She would always give you a great big smile, she loved her sweets and also enjoyed flowers”.


“My Grandmother was a very intelligent, business savvy, strong, spunky and witty woman who was full of life. She was very caring and giving. Everyone in the neighborhood told us great things about her and how she helped them. She LOVED flowers!! Every chance she had she loved to garden and exercise. She loved eating any type of fruit, vegetable and she could eat fish everyday if she could.