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Charles Thomas Drew

September 9, 1955May 11, 2020
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Charles Thomas Drew, 64 of Southport, NC passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, May 11, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He was born September 9, 1955 at Dosher Memorial Hospital to the parents, William Thomas (Billy) and Mary Elizabeth Poole Drew. Mr. Drew attended the Southport High School and was a graduate of South Brunswick High School in 1973.

Charles was a man of a few words, but when he spoke, everyone paid attention. He was a strong, rugged tough guy, with a heart of love and compassion as big as the moon. He was a great outdoorsman, his passions were hunting, fishing, and trapping. Due to his passing, many deer, bear, turkeys, and flounders will be spared. He won several flounder tournaments over the years and has many trophies that were mounted from his hunts. Mr. Drew also was a sharpshooter, never missing a shot, and an avid gun and knife collector.

Mr. Drew retired from the Military Ocean Terminal-Sunny Point with over 30 years of service, 25 of those years were committed to the Sunny Point Fire Department. He was also a volunteer for many years with the Southport Fire Department, serving as a Captain until his death. Capt. Drew was honored to serve in the fire service as a family tradition along with his father, Asst. Chief Billy Drew, his brother, Firefighter Rusty Drew, his son, Chief Charles A. Drew, his grandsons, Firefighters Cody Gordon and Charles Madison Drew. Capt. Charles T Drew was a very integral part of the fire service, he was a mentor to many. He has been honored by his peers over the last 5 years with the “Capt. Dickie Marlow Award” for running the most fire calls in the department, receiving Firefighter and Officer of the Year awards, and several lifesaving awards.

Mr. Drew was very devoted and loyal to his family. He retired and assisted caring for his mother and father, who preceded him in death. He was the first one to show up for a family member in need. He leaves to cherish his memory and legacy, his loving wife, Stephanie Banks Drew, who has been devoted to his every need during his time of sickness. Two daughters, Sarah (Bill) Gordon of Bolivia, NC and Julie (Darrell) Brown of Garner, NC. Two sons, Lee Quick of Oak Island, NC and Charles Anthony Drew of Southport. NC. One sister Judy (Chris) Willetts of Bolivia, NC and two brothers, Rusty (Dixie) Drew of Southport, NC and Ronnie (Stephanie) Drew of Winnabow, NC. Eight grandchildren Cody and Beth Gordon, Matthew, Molly and Mason Brown, and Kayla, Charles Madison, and Hannah Drew. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Drew was saved and baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ recently and professed a peace that was AMAZING! Services to celebrate and honor his life will be at Southport Fire Headquarters on Friday, May 15, 2020. Due to the current pandemic a visitation will be held from 11am – 2:30pm, with social distancing required and a funeral ceremony with Firefighter Rites at 3pm. Pastor Charles A. Drew will be officiating with Interment to follow at Northwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Officers and Members of the Southport Fire Department. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donald Dixon, Ricky Evans, Eric McPherson, Tony Gall, Bonner Stiller, and Larry Eason.

The Drew family wishes to thank all of you family neighbors, and friends, for all your acts of kindness during this time of grief. He has fought a good fight; he has finished his course. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Southport Fire Department, P O Box 10608 Southport, NC 28461 in Capt. Drew’s Memory.

You may offer online condolences at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

Services faithfully entrusted to the staff of Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.



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Mark Donnally

May 18, 2020

A life well lived, Charles. Your good work here is done and now you begin the perfect life eternal. You’ll live on in the hearts of many people, for a long time.
I can now tell people how much faster my 1966 Comet Cyclone GT was than your 1970 Plymouth GTX.
Godspeed, my friend. I’ll see you on the other side.

Dale & Brenda Clemmons

May 15, 2020

Our hearts were saddened to hear of the passing of Charles. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Shannon Bennett

May 15, 2020

First and foremost, Mrs. Stephanie, Charles, and the Drew family you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. My first memory of Charles was before I ever started at the fire department, Terry Blake and John Coleman told me so many things and stories about him long before I ever thought of joining the fire department. So when the time came for me to start at the department it was like I already knew him. I remember when I walked in the station he was intimidating but after talking with him I relaxed. My first shift he was the one that “showed me the ropes” and got me started. It was also my first day that I noticed the pranks he and Terry Blake pulled on each other as well as myself that day and for the years to come lol. Charles taught me so much about being a firefighter because he was one of the best I have ever worked with. He taught me so much about the outdoors that I still do today. Charlie was also a great person, this was shown in 2007 when my family and I lost our home to a fire he and Terry were one of the first to show up and offer any assistance that was needed. Charles was a man I looked up to and will look up till still I meet him again. I am forever grateful for the years I have known Charlie, I just wish I would have known him longer. Charlie Boy thank you for everything you did for me that you never knew about. Although it’s tough at the moment I rest easier knowing that you are at peace, with family, and waiting on us all in our eternal home in heaven. Until we meet again brother, love you.

Michael Fox

May 14, 2020

First my thoughts and prayers to the entire family, there are no words I can type. Mrs. Stephanie, I am here if you need anything. Charles wore many hats in life. To me, mentor, confidant, and above all the type of friend that is hard to find. Many an hour conversing, a shoulder to cry on when I needed it, miles through the woods and on the wharves fishing, the first to ask how someone was doing in a rough patch, always there when I needed him, kept me in good advice and on track, with a heart of gold that could not be measured. The memories bring a smile to my face despite the profound sadness. I know he is watching now, and would offer some advice to get me on track.
It was an honor Sir, thank you for everything. I am certainly better for our paths having crossed and the indelible mark you have left on my life. Thank you for everything, for me, for Sydney, my family, and all of our Brothers and Sisters on the job. We will miss the stories, laughs, and a good hearted prank. Know that you will always be remembered by the boys in the station; you taught us well and are watching over us now. The woods will be different this year, but everything else will be too. We will do our best to make you proud. Until we meet again..

Kimberly Ikner

May 14, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family and fire fighter family. I never got to meet him, heard nothing but great things said from the community. Be Blessed.

Al & Marlene Fullwood

May 13, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Charles was my high school classmate. Will keep the family in prayer.

JV Dove

May 13, 2020

My heart was saddened to hear that he had passed away prayers for all the family

Julie Brown

May 13, 2020

Pop pop loved his grandbabies!

stephen gore

May 13, 2020

Worked around Charley many years, at work and in the weight room,had a lot of fine memory's of him, he will be truly missed by the Railroad and his friends at Sunny point,Rest well my friend,Rick Gore

Beverly Wescott

May 12, 2020

Rusty & family, So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for the family.
Tony & Beverly Wescott


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