William Thomas “Billy” Drew

William Thomas “Billy” Drew

Birth
Southport, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Death 21 Aug 2015 (aged 80)
Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Southport, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 33846176 · View Source
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Mr. William Thomas "Billy" Drew, 80, of 448 Jabbertown Road Southport, NC entered into eternal rest on Friday, August 21, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 13, 1934 in Southport, NC to the parents of Charles Byron and Ola Lewis Drew.

Billy was raised during a time in Southport when everyone knew their neighbor and was related to each other. He said, "If you got paddled at school, every mother in Southport knew it, and you got another one when you got home." It was a time when, everyone in town was related, or you called them Aunt or Uncle from respect. Many of the streets were still dirt or covered in oyster shells. Billy attended Southport High School, and dearly loved his hometown very much.

Billy Drew met the love of his life among friends, a beautiful young lady, Mary Elizabeth Poole, and they were married on July 26, 1953. They shared a wonderful marriage together for 60 years, establishing their home in the Jabbertown Road Community. To this union, they raised four children; Charles Thomas, William Russell (Rusty), Ronald Lee, and Judith Devel.

Billy began his career in the early 1950's working for various construction firms in Southport and Kiwannee, Wisconsin for a short period of time. In 1955, he became employed by the Sunny Point Stevedore Contractors until November 1957, at which time he became a government employee. He worked over 50 years for the International Longshoreman's Association Local # 1968, as a mechanic at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point. Billy Drew was a very hard worker, and hated laziness, his 50 plus years of work ethic stands as a valuable legacy to his family.

Billy was not only a mechanic, but was a master craftsman and could build anything he looked at without a pattern. He built and crafted many clocks, lamps, tables, shelves, book cases, and many other items for family and friends. He was also involved in coaching little league baseball to many Southport Youth's and involved in coaching Soft Ball. He was a member of the Southport Jaycees, assisting with many community functions.

In 1953, Drew joined the Southport Fire Department. He spent the next 48 years giving loyal and courageous dedication to the department. He was a recipient of the Southport Fire Department Fire Fighter of the Year award 3 times. He was voted on by his peers, and moved up in the rank structure, first as a Lieutenant, then a Captain, and finally serving many years as the Assistant Chief of the department. Chief Drew, brought comradery, loyalty, courage, and many other skills to the department. In 1981, he was given a heroism award for saving an elderly invalid from a burning structure fire on a very cold winter night. Due to sever sickness of his spouse, Chief Drew retired from the Southport Fire Department in the year 2000. His family has continued the tradition in the fire service, with four generations of Fire Fighter's in his family.

In May 2014, Billy's high school sweetheart and the love of his life died after many years of extended sickness. Billy Drew had truly been a living example of his wedding vows "in sickness and in health", for he was a wonderful caregiver to his wife. He worked tirelessly to provide the best of care after his wife suffered a stroke and was sick for 16 years. Billy and Mary are now reunited again, forever.

Billy and his wife Mary were saved in the late 1990's and became members of the Southport Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Charles Augustus Drew, four sisters Lillie Mae Beck, Luola Eason, Patricia Fairfax, and Arabella Lewis, one grandson, Baby Boy Drew, and 2 dear friends Tebo Rogers and Dickie Marlow.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory and continue his legacy, 3 sons Charles T. (Stephanie) Drew of Supply NC, Rusty Drew of Southport NC, and Ronnie (Stephanie) Drew of Winnabow NC. 1 daughter Judy (Chris) Willetts of Bolivia NC, 2 sisters Laura Lee (Wayne) Ludlum of Southport NC, and Betty Jean Morris from Georgia, and 1 sister in law Barbara (James) Sellers of Southport NC. 11 grandchildren; Charles Anthony, Sarah, Julie, Lee, Tiffany, Jessica, Leigh Anne, Kristina, Stephen, Brent, and Tonya. 15 grandchildren; Kayla, Charles Madison, Hannah, Ryan, Tyler, Kina, Ty, Larie, Abigail, Cody, Beth, Molly, Caitlyn, Levi, and Kendal. Also 2 wonderful care givers Francis Stocks Padgett and Juanita Jones.

Services to celebrate and honor Billy's life will be at 4pm Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Southport Fire Headquarters 1011 N Howe Street Southport NC with Pastor Charles A Drew officiating. Full fire fighter rites will be given. Interment will follow at Northwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening, August 23, 2015 from 6-8pm at the Peacock - Newnam and White Funeral and Cremation Service and at other times at the home.

Active pallbearers will be Officers of the Southport Fire Department. Assistant Chief Todd Coring, Captain R. Treadway, Captain C. Thomas, Lt. V. Sasser, Lt. J. Bullard and FF M. Drew. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Harrington, Bonner Stiller, Tim Stiller, Larry Eason, Charles E. Lewis, Davis Brown, Charlie Miller, and Kem "PP" Frink.

The Drew family wishes to thank all of our family, neighbors, and friends for all of your acts of kindness during Billy's time of sickness. He has fought the good fight, and finished the race.


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  • Maintained by: Tom Reece
  • Originally Created by: Soon And Very Soon
  • Added: 14 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 33846176
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Thomas “Billy” Drew (13 Sep 1934–21 Aug 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33846176, citing Northwood Cemetery, Southport, Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .