GASTONIA - Mr. Jackie Don Drum, 61, of Gastonia died Saturday, April 3, 2010, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.
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He was born June 25, 1948, in Gaston County, a son of the late Floyd Klutz and Margaret Jolly Drum.
Jack was a graduate of Hunter Huss High School, and received his business and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school, he was a clerk for Justice Frank Huskins of the N.C. Supreme Court. Jack began his practice of law with Berry, Bledsoe and Hogewood in Charlotte before joining NCNB (later NationsBank.)
In 1993, he moved to Gastonia to form Garland and Drum with Jick Garland. In 2004, he joined Stott, Hollowell, Palmer and Windham as a part-ner. Throughout his career, Jack was active with the N.C. Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association and the Gaston County Bar Association.
Although by nature a private man, Jack was active in the community, serving on the boards of directors of the Off The Streets Program, the Hall Foundation and Caroline Calouche & Co, of which he was the current president. He was active in the formation of and a volunteer for the Gastonia Downtown Development Corporation. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Gastonia. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, who loved to cook and spend time with his best friend and wife, Ann.
Survivors of Mr. Drum include his loving wife of more than 39 years, Ann Woody Drum of Gastonia; daughters, Danna Drum Hastings of Port-land, Ore.; Emily Ann Drum of Brooklyn, N.Y.; granddaughters, Ellie and Katie Hastings of Portland, Ore.; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Ann Drum of Gastonia; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Drum; and by his sister, Montie Drum Queen.
A service to celebrate Jack's life will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at First United Methodist Church of Gastonia with Dr. James Westmoreland officiating. A reception will be held immediately after the service in the Family Life Center until 4:30 p.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Off The Streets Program, c/o William L. Woody Jr., CPA, P.O. Box 550351, Gastonia, NC 28055, Crisis Assistance Ministry, 805 W. Airline Ave., Gastonia, NC 28052, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolence messages may be sent online to www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mr. Drum.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2010