Lulie Irene Drew
July 12, 1916 – November 20, 2020
Mrs. Lulie Irene Goins Drew, age 104, of Marietta and St. Simons Island, passed away November 20, 2020. She was a native of Franklin, KY. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Kneyon Drew; her parents were Jim El and Bessie Phelps Goins and a brother, Bill Goins. She was born July 12, 1916. Mrs. Drew was a graduate of Bowling Green Business University in Bowling Green, KY with a degree in Business Administration. She was a legal Secretary and was employed in the Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. during WW II and was the private secretary to the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, Rear Admiral John H. Towers, who was considered the Father of Naval Aviation and also the third naval officer to be designated a naval aviator. She was also the Private Secretary of Admiral John S. McCain, who was the grandfather of Senator John S. McCain. Admiral McCain was one of the front rank pf Admirals and Generals to witness the signing of the surrender documents with Japanese in 1945. She transferred to the Naval Air Station St. Simons in 1943 as Administrative Assistant and Chief Clerk of civilian and officer personal records. The Naval Radar Training School was later transferred to the Station. After the Air Station was transferred to Norfolk, she was a public stenographer for several years and did the research typing for Eugenia Price for the “Beloved Invader”. She was a Legal Secretary to the Fendig Dickey Law Firm and was employed by the Social Security Office in Brunswick at the time of her retirement. She was a member of St. Simons United Methodist Church. A member St Simons Civinette Club, Life Member of the Garden Club of Georgia, a member of the Neptune Garden Club and also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. She was one of five employees by the first bank on the Island, St. Simons State Bank of what is now Costal Bank. Graveside Services will be held Saturday November 28 at 4 PM at Christ Church Cemetery, St. Simons, GA with Senior Pastor, Tom Jones, St. Simons United Methodist Church, officiating. Those who desire, in lieu of flowers, may make contributions to the St. Simons United Methodist Church, 624 Ocean Boulevard, St Simons Island, GA 31522.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Lulie Irene Drew
November 25, 2020
Buzzy and I were saddened to hear of your mother's passing, but we were not surprised. How wonderful to have lived such a long and beautiful life. She deserved each and every day and we were all blessed to have been even a small part of it.
Irene was my neighbor on Ashantilly Avenue for many years. It was comforting to know she was near. At one point in my daughter's life, she needed a piano to practice on. Of course your mother came to the rescue and invited Nancy to come down in the afternoons and practice. Another time, when George Mower's mother died, Irene was the first person to knock on our door with a beautiful rose. Those were just two of the many memories we have. And then there were those Christmas cards with her lovely drawings on them. She was so talented.
I was in the Civinette Club with her and she was one of the leaders of many projects. And of course our church was blessed to have her as a member. You could always tell when Irene created one of her floral creations for the altar. She simply exuded talent. But it was her heart that shined so brightly. She made everyone feel they were her best friend.
You and your family will miss her, Jimmy, but she loved you so much and was so proud of you. You have much to be thankful for.
We hope to attend the service on Saturday.
Take care of yourself.
Joyce and Buzzy Pickren
Mary an Wiley Younce
November 24, 2020
Dear Kenyon and family,
Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Wiley and Mary Younce and family
November 24, 2020
I have stayed at Irene’s multiple times with her daughter n law,Beth Drew! I ALWAYS felt welcomed.Irene is a inspiration to me..... and I love you Irene and I know Heaven is rejoicing!!!!
November 23, 2020
We love you so much and carry you with us always. Melinda