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In Memory of

Robert Bland Drinkwater

December 9, 1952 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


Bland was born in Tyler, TX on December 9, 1952 to Robert B. Drinkwater, Jr. and Ruby Pearl Wade. His sister, Debbi, was born 18 months later on July 8, 1954.

Bland and Debbie grew up in East Dallas and Abilene. In 1966, while living in Abilene, Bland honed his trumpet skills by joining the Madison Junior High School marching band. This skill he inherited from his Uncle Clifford. His passion for motorcycles also began in Abilene where he purchased his first, a Honda 50 at the young age of 14.

Bland was...

Bland was born in Tyler, TX on December 9, 1952 to Robert B. Drinkwater, Jr. and Ruby Pearl Wade. His sister, Debbi, was born 18 months later on July 8, 1954.

Bland and Debbie grew up in East Dallas and Abilene. In 1966, while living in Abilene, Bland honed his trumpet skills by joining the Madison Junior High School marching band. This skill he inherited from his Uncle Clifford. His passion for motorcycles also began in Abilene where he purchased his first, a Honda 50 at the young age of 14.

Bland was a member of White Rock Methodist Church. He was confirmed in 1963. He was also a member of the Boy Scout's earning his God and Country award among many merit badges.

Bland graduated from Bryan Adams High School in 1971. He enlisted in the Army in May, 1972, where he served as a Military Policeman until his discharge in November, 1977. He received both the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.

In 1978, Phyllis met Bland Drinkwater at a wine tasting at the Fairmont Hotel during the National Liquor Convention. As she was walking around the room, she heard a voice ask if she had tried a certain wine. She knew that night that she would marry him. In fact, she searched the entire hotel trying to find her mother who was working with Lone Star Beer to introduce her to him.

They married on August 9, 1985 beginning their wonderful life together. They had lots of friends and family over at their house for cookouts where Bland would grill wonderful meats. One of his favorite sayings was "let's put that puppy on the grill." There was always a good bottle of wine to go with the food. He loved to describe the characteristics of the wine and all of the scents in the wine.

He worked in the wine business for 35 years. At Julius Schepps he started the on-premise wine division selling wine to hotels and restaurants. He ate at the best restaurants in Dallas. On one wedding anniversary, the head chef at Abacus prepared a nine-course dinner especially for the occasion! At Glazer's, he was a manager over the fine wine division. He traveled the world and frequented the wine country in CA enjoying marvelous wine and food!

After 12 years of marriage, they had a daughter - Meredith Sage. Her nickname was the "screaming demon" because she cried so loud. Bland would hold her and walk her around the house for hours until she went to sleep. When she started to school, Bland was part of the "carpool moms" that drove the kids to school. He had a special place in his heart for Meredith. He was a very patient and loving father.

Bland loved music, including the Grateful Dead, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Michael Franks, 5the Beatles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Frank Sinatra, Genesis, Yes, Eagles, Bob Dylan and many others.

Bland loved life! He loved working in the yard, planting a vegetable garden, watering plants while enjoying his favorite glass of wine. He loved several cats that he had over the years, including Tiger, Roxanne, and Aley, and his dog, Elliott. He loved driving his Honda Goldwing through the beautiful countryside of Southern Oklahoma. He loved driving his Boxster and then Cayman GTS! He loved being at home, cooking, and enjoying his family and friends. Phyllis would come home to candles lit, music playing, wine open, and dinner cooked. He often brought coffee and breakfast to her in bed. He was a great cook! He loved Mexican food! His favorite places were Cafe Navarro and Herrera's. I think he could have eaten Mexican food for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

He loved taking care of others and making their lives great too. Bland had a wonderful sense of humor and often said things just the opposite of what was expected - he loved to laugh and make others laugh.

He was simply the best husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, and friend to all who knew him! Bland & Phyllis loved each other until the end! He will be missed by all!

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 PM at Brookhaven Country Club (3333 Golfing Green Dr., Farmers Branch). A reception will follow at the club.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Bland's name to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Arrangements under the direction of Sparkman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Richardson, TX.