OBITUARY

Maria Ann Pyles Drews

June 29, 1955April 4, 2019

Maria Ann Pyles Drews, 63, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, following complications from emergency surgery.

Maria was born in Atlanta to Holmes Edmund Pyles and the late Julia Ann Carter Pyles on June 29, 1955. Her early years were spent in Decatur, where she was a graduate of Shamrock High School. She spoke often of childhood memories with her grandmother, Mary Frances Carter, and family in Walnut Grove. She married her husband, David Drews, on April 20, 1974 in Decatur; eventually raising two children, Rod and Julia, in Atlanta. She had a remarkable career in banking; working in numerous roles with National Bank of Georgia, Prime Bank, Lennar, Premier Bank, and for nearly two decades with BB&T, before retiring as Senior Vice President of Operations. She was an active volunteer with her church Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Pace Academy where her children attended both Elementary and High School. She also was a passionate volunteer serving on the Board of The Woman’s Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital as Treasurer, Finance Chairman, and chaired the 2016 Piedmont Ball. She deeply cared for all her colleagues, friends, and family - cherishing each luncheon, conversation, and life moment. She orchestrated years of life events at Lake Hartwell laughing, playing, and enjoying the company of others. She loved camping with her family at Camp Rodman. Her greatest passion though, was being Nana to her five beautiful granddaughters. Each one a unique testament to her lasting legacy.

Maria Drews was preceded in death by: her mother, Julia Ann Carter Pyles; father-in-law, John Herman Drews; nephew, Cory Michael Drews; and sister-in-law, Judy Drews Marek.

Maria is survived by her husband of nearly 45 years, David William Drews and their two children plus spouses: Rodman and Laurice Drews of Sugar Hill; and Julia and Patrick Aland of Jacksonville, Florida. She is survived by her father, Holmes Edmund Pyles of Dunwoody, and siblings and spouse: Vicki P. and George Hutchinson of Covington; and John Pyles of Marietta. Surviving in-laws: Willie Rodman Drews of Chester, South Carolina; Gary and Donna Drews of Greenville, South Carolina; Nancy D. and Lovick Evans of Roswell; and Dr. Todd Marek of Seneca, South Carolina. Her most precious granddaughters also survive her: Braylen Drews, Ella Drews, Charlotte Drews, Collins Aland, and Hadley Aland. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.

A visitation with the family will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at H.M. Patterson and Son - Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service, officiated by The Reverend Dr. Bill Britt and assisted by The Reverend Jimmy Moor, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 3:30 p.m. at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305. Please join the family for a reception in Grace Hall, celebrating the life of Maria, immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woman's Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital: (404) 605-3273 1968 Peachtree Road NW Atlanta, GA 30309

  • DONATIONS

  • Woman's Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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Maria Ann Pyles Drews

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Nancy Cook

April 10, 2019

Maria Drews was one of my closest friends. We met when Julia and Ashley were in first grade during a Halloween party. We were both juggling careers and children. We immediately became friends. She was a female in corporate banking and I was an Ob-Gyn. Julia, Ashley and another friend Caroline became lifelong friends. Maria and I went through 13 years of Pace Academy, different colleges, and weddings.

Maria mentored many young people in banking and at the Woman's Auxiliary at Piedmont. As Ball Chairman. her donation went to Women's Services. She worked hard at everything she did. We talked often, shared meals and worked on many charitable events late into the night since we lived across the street from each other.

Her proudest achievement was being Nana. I was so excited that I delivered her son Rod's 3 girls. The grandchildren were her treasures and hers to spoil. She was so thrilled when I got, Annabelle, my first grandchild. She had put me in "Nana" training and the last time we spoke she told me she would teach me the tricks of the trade.

I, along with many, will miss you terribly. However, when you pushed into the gate of Heaven, God said I got a GREAT ONE here!

Nancy Bailey Murry Dunlap

April 8, 2019

Maria was a dear friend. At Shamrock High School, we both met the loves of our life … David for Maria, and Norman for me. The four of us 'double dated' all of the time. Since the men in our lives were 'older', and eventually attended Georgia Tech, while we finished up at Shamrock, we had a lot in common … and had a LOT of fun together. I lost touch with my dear friend over the years … but I never stopped thinking about Maria. Rest in Peace, dear friend! David … I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Prayers to you all!

M Nasworthy

April 8, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Maria during her years at BB&T. She was in a position of authority but she never made you feel that you were below her. She always gave you her full attention and respect and she was a pleasure to know. Her smile lit up any room she entered. I am truly sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you all. She will be missed.

Susan Goger

April 8, 2019

I had the privilege of knowing Maria through The Woman's Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital. She was the Treasurer and I was the Assistant Treasurer. We spent many hours working together but mostly we enjoyed laughing together. I loved the stories about her grandchildren and how she would celebrate holidays with them, most recently on Valentine's Day when she made an arc of balloons for them. I will so miss her glorious smile and her infinite grace. May she rest in peace.

Déjà Blyden

April 7, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to Maria's loved ones for their loss.

I'll never forget the day that Maria and I met during my first month with BB&T.

She was out visiting branches and we instantly connected when we were introduced to one another. We had an incredible conversation and Maria told me that I would do great things with the company in the future, and she was right!

Thank you for your support, advice and kind words, Maria. Such a beautiful spirit; May you rest in peace.

Brenda Morgan

April 7, 2019

I had the privilege of knowing Maria through BB&T. She was a such a pleasure to know and work with when she came to visit the Alabama banks. I feel very special having had Maria walk through my life. She was a true lady!

Richard Hogue

April 6, 2019

I met Maria when BB&T was located up on East Paces Ferry. I was an IT contractor assigned to the area in which Maria managed. She was one of the most helpful people I had the privilege to be associated with. She was a tremendous force within the operations of the bank and dedicated to her role in making the bank successful. Her knowledge and resources greatly assisted in my success of seventeen years. She took me in as one of her own and always took care of me. I last saw her at her retirement party which was amazing to see how connected this person was. I hoped she would enjoy her retirement for a very long time. I am very saddened by the news of her passing. My deepest regards to her family and friends for their loss. She will always have a special place in my memory an heart. Thank you Maria for everything.

Mark Brown

April 6, 2019

19 years ago I relocated from a little country town in Florida to Atlanta, Ga. , with nothing but hopes and dreams.

Two months later, God placed a Guardian Angel in my life. She gave me an opportunity to not just have a job, but a career. Maria became my Professional, Personal and Spiritual Life Coach, but most of all my friend. I will forever be grateful for her just being her.

Love you always Maria!

Pat Allison

April 6, 2019

Maria was a wonderful student in my class at Shamrock High School. It was wonderful to keep in touch with my sweet former student for so many years. Rest in peace, Maria. God bless and comfort your family for you will be sorely missed. Love, Pat

Anne Bradford Bolton

April 6, 2019

I was a childhood friend of Maria’s. We both went to Laurel Ridge Elementary School and played at each other’s homes on many occasions. I am so sorry for your loss.

FROM THE FAMILY