Remembering Drew Lewis

Throughout his life Drew was drawn to people and people were drawn to Drew. He was well suited to his chosen field in real estate sales. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri and a highlight of his collegiate experience was serving as social chairman of his fraternity Phi Delta Theta.

Drew was a full-time real estate professional who is dedicated to customer satisfaction and the highest level of personal service. With a philosophy of building positive working relationships with his customers, asking lots of questions and putting himself in their shoes he sets the pace in Listing and Selling homes. His negotiating knowledge had placed him in the top ten Realtors for the past 11 years. After 2 years in a sales position, he joined Carol Jones, Realtors in 1993 and quickly cultivated a reputation for professional performance which lead to a consistent increase in sales from year to year. With more than 18 year’s experience in real estate sales he touched families and friends year to year. For the past 11 years, has consistently lead in listings and sales for Carol Jones, Realtors and transferred to Murney Associates, Realtors in late 2011.  Drew was among the top ten in real estate sales for the past 11 years out of more than 1600 agents in the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors.  Drew’s career sales have totaled over 150 million dollars.  Drew was a Member of the Springfield Public School Foundation Board , Worked with local recruiting departments for area hospitals.  Drew was a proud father of Austin, age 13, and Annie, age 11. They are students at Pershing Middle School in Springfield.  He enjoys boating with family and friends at Tablerock Lake. Like his mother, Drew loved the outdoors and was happiest on the water at Table Rock Lake. For Drew the lake was life at its best and meant family, friends and fun. He loved the hot sunny days and cool evening breezes accompanied by magnificent sunsets.  Drew has a true passion and talent for cooking, with his specialty of smoking meats and he enjoyed entertaining friends and family with his cooking skills.

Beyond Drew’s passion for work , cooking and the lake,  Drew’s main love was for his two children Austin and Annie. During Drew’s time at Carol Jones Realtors his kids would bounce through the halls and make funny faces on the glass or pop their heads over the cubicles of Drew’s designated area. You hardly ever saw Drew loose his cool with his kids, you only saw lots of smiles, protection, love and hugs. Austin is now 15 and going to Greenwood  and Annie is 14 and going to Glendale High School this coming fall.

With his love for people, parties and music it was only fitting that in April close friend of the family, Sheryl Crow, performed a benefit concert in Drew’s honor. The concert and health fair were attended by 2,500 people bringing the community together and raising colon cancer awareness in a style well befitting the man who inspired the event.

The word “battle” is so frequently associated with cancer. Drew waged an all-out war. Immediately after his diagnosis, Drew decided to take his journey public, using social media and creating a Facebook page to keep friends informed and to provide information to help others stay healthy. With the tireless support of Amy and an incredible network of supporters, Drew’s story quickly went viral, gaining local, regional, national and even international attention. Drew was determined to live and his passion and purpose lives on in the momentum his cause created manifested in the Drew Lewis Foundation, established to increase colon cancer awareness and support to those needing hospice.

 

Andrew Benten “Drew” Lewis died May 18, 2013, in his home with his wife Amy Blansit by his side, as she had been for the past 16 months through his battle with stage 4 colon cancer. Memorial contributions honoring Drew may be made to Lost and Found, 1006 S. Cedarbrook, Springfield, MO, 65802.

July 26, 1967 – May 18, 2013

May you rest in peace our dear friend, the real estate world will not be the same without you and we will cherish every sunset we gaze our eyes upon- Until then- cheers!

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