Michael Drinkwater

On Saturday, August 4th 2018, Mike Drinkwater shook off the yoke of his mortal burdens; and with a gentle caress of his beloved wife Cheryl’s hand, he peacefully drifted home.

Service Information: A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mike Drinkwater will be held Monday, August 13, 2018 from 2pm-4pm at the First Baptist Church in Riesel, Texas.

Michael (Mike) George Drinkwater was born January 19, 1954 in Albion, Michigan to June (Drinkwater) Bigelow. Mike had 3 brothers and a sister: Douglas Singletary, Dale Singletary, James Bigelow, and Mindy Singletary. In 1973, Mike began the courtship of the love of his life – his wife, Cheryl (Fitzpatrick) Drinkwater. Mike and Cheryl were married on June 21, 1975 at the Methodist Church in Springport, Michigan. Mike and Cheryl had two sons: C.J. and William. They later added two beloved daughters-in-law: Rhonda and Randi.
Mike worked a variety of jobs over the years, from manufacturing, to managing stores, to being a meat cutter, however, one overriding passion was working on a farm. While he had no fondness for cows, Mike loved being on a tractor, out in the fields.
Mike was a unique character. You always knew he liked you if he picked on you—which he would incessantly do to those he loved. Mike loved to hunt and fish – and according to CJ, was the best shot he’d ever seen. Mike had a special heart – he always had a smile on his face when he saw you and he welcomed everyone – without exception and without conditions; well, except maybe to ensure there was a full pot of coffee to drink. His heart was so big – he couldn’t help but love as much to match.
Mike’s love of family was without equal. If Cheryl and the boys were his world, his grandchildren: Ryan, Haley, Hunter, and Trinity were his universe. Mike loved his brothers Doug, Dale, and Jim; and loved his sister Mindy. He was a great brother and they loved him back just as much. Mike dearly loved his many nieces and nephews. Mike also had a very special place in his heart for his other brothers and sisters: Charity (Michael) Terry, Cindy (Louis) Gagnon, Craig (Becky) Fitzpatrick, and Clark Fitzpatrick – as well as his father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Joan Fitzpatrick.
Mike is preceded in death by his mother June (Drinkwater) Bigelow, his brother Douglas Singletary, his sister Mindy Singletary, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Jack and Joan Fitzpatrick.
Mike is survived by his wife Cheryl (Fitzpatrick) Drinkwater; his children: CJ (Rhonda) Drinkwater and William (Randi) Drinkwater; his grandchildren: Ryan Drinkwater, Haley Drinkwater, Hunter Drinkwater, and Trinity Drinkwater; two great-grandchildren; his brothers: Dale (Cindy) Singletary and Jim (Leah) Bigelow; his brother-in-law: Craig (Becky) Fitzpatrick and Clark Fitzpatrick; his sister-in-law: Cindy (Louis) Gagnon, Charity (Michael) Terry, and Joni Singletary; and his numerous nieces and nephews.


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Condolence Messages

  1. Shelly weddington

    Rest In Peace mike . So sorry for your loss Cheryl

  2. sorry for your loss, you guys were good neighbors will be missed

  3. Sue (Shepherd) Riske

    Cheryl and family so sorry for your loss you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Chrissy & Joe Rahm

    Cheryl and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Chrissy & Joe Rahm
    Friends of Chairty.

  5. Mary Ledvina Morofsky

    I’m so sorry for your loss Cheryl, he will be missed. Love You Mary Morofsky

  6. Sandy buelow.morris

    Sorry for your loss sending prayers.

  7. So sad to hear of your loss . Love and prayers to all of you.

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