Carolyn Martin Dreher went to heaven July 14, 2017 at the age of 84. She will be joining her son, Chuck, who died of Leukemia at the age of 7 (in 1961) and her husband of 57 years, Charles Hulon Dreher who died in 2008. She leaves behind two children, Valle Randolph Dreher Harrell and Jonathan Martin Dreher, grandchildren Palmer, Reid, Elizabeth and Braden. She always included Katy Coggins as one of her grandchildren. She also leaves her two precious great-granddaughters, Lane and Lauralee Bennett.
Carolyn was born Dec. 2, 1932 in Vardaman, Mississippi, the second child of Randolph and Loretta Martin. Her older brother, James, whom she and all her sisters adored, preceded her in death in 1992. Carolyn is survived by her four beautiful sisters, Betty Martin McGuire, Danna Martin Thompson, Pat Martin Nerren and Myrna Martin. The sisters call her “Connie”.
Carolyn graduated from Batesville High School, Batesville, Mississippi and attended one year at Harding University where she was in the chorus. She sang like an angel as anyone sitting near her in church will attest.
She married the love of her life, Charles Hulon Dreher May 11, 1951 in Sardis, Mississippi, and they lived in Greenville where all their children were born. While in Greenville, they were members of the Greenville church of Christ where Carolyn was very involved with teaching Sunday School, was in the Garden Club and was an avid tennis player. In 1968 they moved to Michigan because of her husband’s job. While living in Michigan, Carolyn got her pilot’s license. When grandchildren started arriving, they moved to Nashville (1979) to be near them. They immediately placed membership with the Hillsboro Church of Christ. She loved her church friends dearly and referred to all the children at Hillsboro as “her” children.
In addition to her beautiful voice, she was an accomplished artist. Many pieces of her work can be found in homes around Nashville.
She and her family would like to express their deepest appreciation for all the kindnesses shown during her years of illness. We are especially thankful to Brookdale Belle Meade and Avalon Hospice.
In memory of Carolyn, donations can be made to Lipscomb Academy Fine Arts, World Christian Broadcasting or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.