Drew Johnathan Lee Halsey was the second son and third child born to Terry Lamont Halsey and Danielle Monique Manning-Halsey on October 12, 1998.
Drew was named for his paternal grandfather, Johnie Halsey Jr. and his great uncle, Lee Clifton Halsey. During his formative years after the family’s return from Miami, Florida to the DMV area, Drew expressed an early love for the arts, sports, and an unyielding love of God. He loved playing football and basketball, playing instruments in the band, cooking, and fellowship. Drew completed his primary education at St. Columba Catholic School, then attended Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School and was embarking on his senior year at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. Drew turned his love of video games into his chosen career path.
After attending the University of MD Summer Tech camp, concentrated on game development and robotics, Drew’s focus was solidified in Information Technology and Cyber Security. From the day that Drew and Dylan came home from Washington Hospital Center, they were cared for not only by their parents but by their most devoted, dedicated and loving cousin, Mia Willis. Mia fiercely protected the twins; armed with baby wipes and a direct invitation for you to wash your hands before attempting to hold them. Drew’s childhood love of music developed into a true passion as he grew older. Drew played the trombone, baritone horn and drums for the United House of Prayer in Alexandria, Virginia as well playing for the St. Columba school band. He also played in the State Marching Band. Drew was an active member of these bands for more than fifteen years.
Drew was very active in sports from a very young age, taking part in basketball and horseback riding, and eventually playing football for Bishop O’Connell’s Varsity Football team. Drew had a love for cooking that was unknown to most. He enjoyed throwing on his chef’s apron and making delicious meals. He loved grilling and baking. Drew’s palate was very distinguished. In fact, he loved to create new takes on family favorite dishes. He was always willing to try new foods and engage in discussion and provide his review on the dish. Drew also enjoyed traveling and exploring new places. Among some of the places that he particularly enjoyed were, Canada, Aruba, Martha’s Vineyard, Oregon, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Deep Creek, MD and of course, frequent returns to Florida.
Drew was a spiritual young man. He loved the United House of Prayer and fellowshipping with his church members. He held a spirit that would fill the room, and his smile was contagious. Drew was loved by so many due to his humility, honesty and integrity. Most of all, Drew loved spending time with and assisting his four grandparents. Drew loved hearing their wisdom, being that helping hand in the garden, running errands and playing cards. He looked upon time with his grandparents as an essential foundation of who he was. The consummate “good guy”, Drew had a kind spirit, met everyone with a smile, and moved to an ever-present melody. Uncles hold the title for being the family jokesters, the best storytellers, and a cooler version of a parent. Uncle Tem defined the term FUNCLE (fun uncle) in Drew’s life. You’d often hear Drew’s cheerful voice as he entered Tem and Nakita’s home at all times of day and night shouting, “What up, Unc?”. Uncle Tem and his nephews were inseparable. At 19, Tem rode with two car seats in the backseat of his 1979 sky blue Bonneville around town.
Drew and Dylan’s athletic skills encouraged Tem to coach them in basketball. Drew’s favorite Uncle Tem will hold tight to the love and the special place for Drew in his heart. Even though there were only 2 minutes between Dylan and Drew’s entrance into life, Drew was the “baby” of the three Halsey children. “Drew Baby” was so loved and cherished by his big sister Tyler. In her quiet way, she took special care to ensure that Drew was included in everything. Drew absolutely LOVED Tyler’s cooking! Drew was Tyler’s regular sidekick whenever someone was in need of help; lending a hand is something they both gained immense joy from. Drew and Dylan’s bond is simply divine. They share the closest connection imaginable between brothers and twins. You could count the number of times that you have seen them without the other. And who could forget their acting debut--starring in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese national tv commercial and print advertisements. They were truly the best of friends who pushed each other to be great young men, who shared their hopes, dreams and fears about life, career plans and family. The unique bond between Drew and Dylan transcends physical limitations and will remain inseverable.
A son looks to a father to provide his first example of a man and often mimics every characteristic; Drew was no different. Drew not only matched his father in physical appearance, but in demeanor as well. Drew simply loved his father and being in his presence. Drew enjoyed the bond of the love of sports with Terry and engaged in many spirited discussions. Drew especially loved fantasy football and helping Terry strategize on players and trades. Terry coached the twins on the football field and marveled in their feats. There has never been, nor will there ever be anything quite so special as the love between a mother and her son. Drew’s bond with his mother was extraordinary; he had her bubbly personality and her generous heart. He enjoyed shopping trips with Danielle that always ended with an exquisite meal.
Drew was never shy when dining out with mom at a restaurant-- he would typically be most interested in the dishes with market pricing!
Drew is survived by his loving and devoted parents Terry Lamont Halsey and Danielle Monique Manning-Halsey, his sister, Tyler-Simone Rosa Manning-Halsey, his twin brother, Dylan Bernard Halsey; his paternal grandparents, Johnie and Rosa Halsey; his maternal grandparents Daniel Bernard and Kathy Anthony Manning; his aunts, Nicole Somlar-Manning (Shelly) and Angelique Okeke (Benjamin); his uncle, Daniel Bernard Temujin Anthony Manning (Nakita); and his cousins, Messiah Manning, Benjamin Okeke, Monet Manning, Jacob Okeke, and Phoenix Somlar-Manning.
Great aunts St. Queenie Gibson (Apostle Fred Gibson), Alma Harold, Dorothy Bell, Iris Halsey, Anita Halsey, Loretta Davis (Alexander), Gloristeen Staton-Pace, and a great uncle, Elder Lee Clifton Halsey. Drew will live forever in the hearts of his close cousins Candus (Khando) Ajani Freeman, Morgan, Sydney, Tyrone Hankerson, Chelsea Staton, George Benjamin Jr., Mia Willis, Vaughn Willis, Will Stevenson, Tavia Halsey-Willie, Godparents Rashia Banks, Aaron Huff Jr. (Tiffanie), and James Tate Jr. (Brit); Godsister Daisia Smith-Whitner and godbrothers Amron Huff and Jalen Tate; and his best friend Dominic Ford, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.
Please visit the Guest Book below and leave a Tribute to Drew.
Legacy Scholarship in Drew’s Honor for Information Technology and Performing Arts
Hamlet Chapter I, Inc.
15307 Pinetree Way
Bowie, MD 20721
c/o Mr. Hughes Webster
Donations may be made online at paypal.me/HamletChapter1
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