Lois Drawdy, retired long-time educator and former contributing writer to The Times, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021, at Hospice Satilla Hospice House in Waycross after a brief illness.
Drawdy taught English and French in a career that spanned more than 30 years, first at Patterson High School and later at Pierce County High School. She retired in 1992.
She was the widow of former school superintendent Ed Drawdy. Though the Drawdys did not have children of their own, they devoted their lives to their students. Mrs. Drawdy was especially dedicated to her students.
Retired teacher Teresa Leggett was one of Drawdy’s former students and later was a mentor when Leggett began teaching.
“Mrs. Drawdy was my teacher, my mentor, my sister in Christ, and my friend,” Leggett said. “She is the one who encouraged me to become a teacher.”
Leggett said Drawdy has the gift to be able to see potential in her students and cultivated that potential through her guidance and encouragement.
“She was a unique and special lady. Mrs. Drawdy walked through my life and left precious footprints in my heart that will forever bring a smile to my face,” Leggett said. “She will be greatly missed. Mrs. Drawdy will be remembered fondly because of the time and love that she shared with so many.”
She actively advocated for students inside and outside the classroom in academic and extracurricular endeavors, encouraging and supporting students to compete in literary competitions, serve as pages at the Capitol and applying for scholarships and awards that could further support their education and goals. She kept the scorebook at athletic events, served as an academic sponsor for school teams and clubs, and was an avid Pierce County High School sports fan, attending PCHS football games for more than two decades after her retirement.
During her time teaching, she was known for her dedication to teaching proper grammar and writing and her expectation that all students learn to their highest potential.
Drawdy was a devoted member of the Patterson Baptist Church and was a frequent contributor of news stories to The Times concerning the church and its ministries. Her articles were always submitted neatly typed and without errors.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, from Patterson Baptist Church.
For a complete obituary, please see page 3.