Jean R. Draper
July 4, 1931 – October 10, 2020
Jean Cannaday Ross Draper, 89, of King’s Grant Retirement Community, 350 Kings Way Road, Martinsville, peacefully passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020, at King’s Grant in Martinsville.
She was born July 4, 1931 in the Long Branch District of Franklin County, Virginia, the third child of Sallie Cannaday Ross and Leroy Ross. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Draper was preceded in death by a sister, Iva Jones, and a brother, Edward Ross. She was married to Homer Eugene Draper, the love of her life, for 39 years until his death in 2006.
She attended Endicott Elementary School and graduated from Ferrum High School in 1949. She later graduated from Ferrum Junior College and Radford University and received her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia in 1964.
Mrs. Draper was a lifelong and beloved educator. She was an elementary teacher in Virginia for 28 years, including 22 years in Martinsville City Schools at Clearview Elementary, Joseph Martin Elementary and Druid Hill Elementary Schools. She retired in 1986 and leaves a long and distinguished legacy of educating hundreds of children in the Martinsville and Henry County community during her career.
She was a member of the Martinsville Literary Guild, the Henry County/Martinsville Retired Teachers Association, and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Mrs. Draper was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the Gertrude Tinnell Group, The Young at Heart Group, the Altar Guild and is a member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Draper served as a Hermitage Guild Representative from her church. She served as the Care Person and was honored by the Hermitage Guild at Cedarfield, Virginia in 2007. Mrs. Draper was also a member of the Patrick-Henry Allied Families of Virginia and was recognized as their Honored Guest in 2013.
She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her devoted family. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Eugene Draper and Marina Bares Draper, and three granddaughters, Isabella Jean Draper, Anastasia Erene Draper, and Sienna Maria Draper, all of Chicago, Illinois, and by her sister, Ruth Ross Dandridge of King’s Grant Retirement Community in Martinsville.
There will be a floating visitation scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2020, between 2 - 4 pm at Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home at 109 Broad Street, Martinsville, Virginia. There will be a graveside service at Roselawn Burial Park at 103 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, Virginia at 11 am on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Roger Jones, David Ross, Lee Ross, Randy Thompson, Dave Thomas and Joe Clarke will serve as pall bearers. Bruce Draper, John Clarke, Glen Thompson and Charles Thompson will serve as honorary pall bearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 824 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112.
The family respectfully ask that everyone follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and following social distance guidelines.
Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com
- Leroy Ross, Father (deceased)
- Sallie Cannaday Ross, Mother (deceased)
- Homer Eugene Draper, Husband of 39 years (deceased)
- Iva Jones, Sister (deceased)
- Edward Ross, Brother (deceased)
- Daniel Eugene Draper, Son
- Marina Bares Draper, Wife
- Isabella Jean Draper, Granddaughter
- Anastasia Erene Draper, Granddaughter
- Sienna Maria Draper, Granddaughter
- Ruth Ross Dandridge, Sister
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- Roger Jones, Active
- David Ross, Active
- Lee Ross, Active
- Randy Thompson, Active
- Dave Thomas, Active
- Joe Clark, Active
- Bruce Draper, Honorary Pallbearer
- John Clarke, Honorary Pallbearer
- Glen Thompson, Honorary Pallbearer
- Charles Thompson, Honorary Pallbearer
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
824 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112
Monday, October 12, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Jean R. Draper
October 12, 2020
Jean was my great aunt and i remember spending time with her and her family on many visits to great grandmas and to her house as a child. She always put family first. She spent time caring for her mother and was always involved supporting her sisters and brother. She and Homer were wonderful parents to Dan. They were very proud of him. I very much appreciated the love and friendship she gave to my grandfather in his last years. He loved visits from Ruth and Jean. She will be missed but leaves behind a legacy of love and family.
October 11, 2020
Dear Dan, Marina, Isabella, Tasia and Sienna
Please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved Jean.
We will remember Jean as someone special to us all. She was always welcoming when we visited Virginia and made us feel part of her family. We enjoyed her company, listening to her stories and tales about her life and the history of her family.
She was a wonderful and loving mother to Dan, mother-in-law to Marina and, grandmother to the children.
She will be truly missed and always remembered. In time may you find comfort in the happy memories that we all shared with Jean.
Our prayers are with you.
John and Irene Bares
Peter and Katerina, Bares
John and Anna Kananghinis
and their families.
October 11, 2020
My deepest sympathies go out to Jean's family. I had the pleasure of being a student of Jean and her sister, Ruth, at Clearview Elementary back in the late 50s/early 60s after North Martinsville Elementary closed. May you find peace in knowing that Heaven has gained a wonderful teacher, sister, Mom, and grandmother.
October 10, 2020
Dear Daniel and your dear family, Your mom was one of my very favorite people. She will be surely missed by her Wesley family! Please accept my sincere condolences. Love and prayers for comfort, peace and strength in the days ahead, Debby Watlington