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Major Derrick Draper, 36
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While serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, Major Derrick Glen Draper, 36, died Monday, May 20, after a lengthy illness.
Major Draper was born in Chattanooga and raised in McMinnville. After two years in enlisted service with the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, he was selected to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point where he graduated with distinction in 2003. Derrick was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, entered the aviation branch of the Army and became a Chinook helicopter pilot. He served on active duty for 10 years and was promoted to major in 2013.
Derrick is survived by his parents, Deborah Draper, and Glen (Marilyn) Draper; brother, Davis Draper; stepsisters, Christy Shearer Callahan, and Ronda Lechaire Callahan. 
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday June 7, at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, 37421.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Memory of Derrick to the Wounded Warrior Project at:
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Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 26, 2013