Drum Funeral Home - Conover

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Martha Jo Cline Drum

21 February, 193810 February, 2020

Martha Jo Cline Drum, age 81, of Newton, NC, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

Martha Jo was born on February 21, 1938, in Rock Hill, SC, to the late Robert Joezell Cline and Catherine Marvin Coon Cline.

In addition to her parents, Martha Jo was preceded in death by her husband Boyd Hawn Drum of 53 years, who was the love of her life and her brother, Charles Robert Cline.

She is survived by her son, Robert Durant Drum and wife Dana; daughters, Dianne Drum Fulbright and husband Michael, and Cynthia Louise Drum Gabriel; grandchildren, Adam Boyd Gabriel and wife Kristin, Kylie Michele Gabriel, Sarah Catherine Drum, Daniel Robert Drum, Rebekah Elizabeth Drum, and Joezell Marcus Fulbright; great-grandchildren, Jacob Ramsey Gabriel and Harrison Boyd Gabriel. Martha Jo was a long-time member of Beth Eden Lutheran Church and was very active in all aspects of the church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Martha graduated from Newton-Conover High School and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She was an active volunteer in the Newton community. She was an avid entrepreneur throughout her lifetime, working with her family in numerous businesses up to her death. In addition to her loving family, her Midstate Mills family was dear to her heart. She was very proud of the Outstanding Young Woman in America appointment.

A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory with Rev. Marcus Ollis and Rev. Fred Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside after the service. Condolences may be sent to the Drum family at www.drumfh-conover.com In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to: Alzheimer’s Association, Foothills Office, 228 2nd Street NW, Hickory, NC 28601.

The Drum family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC.


  • Graveside Service Friday, 14 February , 2020
  • Receiving of Friends Friday, 14 February , 2020


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Betty Griffin

12 February 2020

I have known Martha Jo for almost the entire span of my life, long before she married into our Drum-Wilkinson Clan. And throughout that time she has never given me reason to feel anything but fondness and admiration for her. She was kind, generous, fun; she was dedicated, loyal and smart...and so much more.
Thus, both as a long time friend and a family member, I and other family members grieve with Robert and Dana, Dianne and Michael, Cynthia and all of the grand and great grand children that Martha Jo is now absent from us.
We are confident you have many wonderful memories that will be kept safe in heart and mind. Our prayers are with you; may you find peace and joy in the confidence of her eternal home.

Dotti Goble

12 February 2020

Martha was part of "the village that raised" me during my formative years. She embodied southern hospitality, was warm, kind, and shined God's light on all of us.
Thank you so much Martha for being an angel here on earth who helped me to stay on the right path.

Judy Abee

12 February 2020

Martha Jo and I were life-long friends, starting in 2nd. Grade at Newton Elementary School and graduating from Newton-Conover High School in 1956. I have alerted all members of our graduating class about her untimely death. I have posted a photo of Martha Jo's 13th birthday party which her parents held at Newton First Methodist Church. This was our first formal event, so it was a very special occasion and we all we so excited to be so dressed up! Martha Jo is on the first row, 2nd from the left. I am 3rd from the left. What a happy memory! I think the name of the little building was called "the hut" and I remember that our Girl Scout meetings were held in the little building,

Gardner Winstead

12 February 2020


I was sorry to hear the news; you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gardner Winstead