Friends and family celebrate life of Sgt. Drew Watters


“The world did not lose just another person. We lost a man, we lost a hero. A husband, a father, a son, a brother,” said Nathan Hazel, Sgt. Drew Watters’ pastor.

It was a gut wrenching goodbye, as friends, family, and fellow soldiers gathered to celebrate the life of Sgt. Drew Watters. 

Watters was killed in an army training exercise last week.

The beloved husband and new father was only 23-years-old. 

“Drew was a better man than you can imagine. He was loving, he was caring, he was supportive. Anything you guys can think of, that was him,” said Spc. Stephan Roman, Watters’ friend and fellow soldier. 

Even in tragedy, Watters’ family says they chose to celebrate their sons zest for life, even in death.

“He just had a charisma that was impossible to resist. We thank God for that.,” said Watters’ father, Scott Watters. 

Watters’ legacy and memory will live on with every life he’s touched. 

“Drew would forge ahead and that’s what i’m going to try to do today,” said Watters. 

“He’ll always be our ranger, he’ll always be that man that keeps us moving forward, no matter what,” said Spc. Roman.

Watters is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Carley Watters, and their son, two-month-old Jack.

Watters’ 24th birthday would have been Thursday.

Watters’ burial will be on a later date. 

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(This story was originally published on November 14, 2018)

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