In Celebration of the life and legacy of Nolan Drury|
Nolan Drury was born on May 25, 1926 in Mango, Florida. He was a happy and vivacious little boy, the first child of Nolan Drury and Bobbie Elizabeth Griffin. He lost both of his parents by age 10, and went to live in an orphanage. One of many honors he earned while living at the orphanage was State Spelling Champion. At age 14 he left the orphanage, assumed responsibility for his two younger brothers and moved back to Daytona Beach, FL. He honored his mother's final wish by ensuring all three boys graduated with a high school degree.
He worked two jobs while attending Daytona Beach High School full time. He bagged groceries at Max's Grocery Store, where the customers loved him and affectionately called him "Slim." He also worked during the nights as a runner for the local milk delivery service in town.
Nolan was a gifted athlete playing baseball, basketball (captain of the team) and football. He was Class President of his Senior Class and active in Student Government. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Glee Club, Key Club, 4-H Club, Prom Committee and the National Thespian Dramatic Honor Society (where he starred in the senior play).
He was active as a Parliamentarian, with his Parliamentary Law Team winning the District Championship. He graduated from Daytona Beach High School in 1945. Because of his passion and talent for baseball, he was asked to join the Washington Senator's Baseball team. He declined the offer and was drafted into the U.S. Army.
Corporal Nolan Drury was the Company Clerk in the 982nd Construction Battalion. While stationed at the U.S. Army base in Fort Carson, CO, he met his "Lovely, bubbly wife, Pat." He married the love of his life, Patricia Lois Martin, in 1955. They were happily married for 55 years.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he started his retail career and moved up the corporate ladder quickly to become District Manager for the F.W. Woolworth Company. He met many fascinating people as he worked in Chattanooga, TN; Atlanta, GA; Opelika, AL; and West Palm Beach, Fl.
In 1960, he and Pat moved to Colorado Springs, CO, where they bought Howdy Pard Restaurant, the first drive-in with a speaker system located west of the Mississippi River. Nolan always joked that he was the chief cook and bottle washer at the restaurant he loved so much.
In 1976, they sold the restaurant and Nolan pursued his career in real estate as owner/broker for Howdy Pard Realty.
His community interests included serving as Head Usher at First Presbyterian Church, president of the Broadmoor Rotary Club, member of the Cheyenne Mountain Republican Forum, and board member of the Skyway Association and the Pioneer's Museum.
He also enjoyed dancing, singing, and playing bridge with his best friend and wife, Pat. Above all else, he enjoyed spending time with his loving family, who absolutely adored him.
He is survived by his two daughters, Cindy Drury Riddle and Nancy Drury Ryan, both of Denver; their husbands John Riddle and Joel Ryan, and five grandsons, John Nolan Riddle, Jordan Riddle, Joshua Riddle, James Ryan, and David Ryan, all of whom he was very proud of and loved very much. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Martin Drury, his parents, Bobbie and Nolan Drury of Florida, and his two younger brothers, Robert Drury and Jack Drury.
Nolan had such a gracious, welcoming, indomitable spirit, encouraging and uplifting everyone who crossed his path. He always had a twinkle in his eye as he looked forward to the day he would join his wife, Pat, and meet his Lord and Savior face to face. Jesus, graciously, took Nolan's hand to enter His Kingdom on October 31, 2013.
Nolan's memorial service will be December 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO.
Being that nothing was more important to Nolan than his faith and his family, his wish was to help orphans find a home and belong to a family who would love them, unconditionally, forever. Donations may be made in Nolan Drury's name to Project 1.27, 2220 South Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80014. You may also donate on-line at: www.project127.com.
Published in The Gazette on Dec. 15, 2013