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Charles E. DRUMMOND Obituary
POQUOSON - Charles E. Drummond, 84, a native of Newport News and longtime resident of Poquoson, passed away at home with family by his side Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.
Born on Oct. 9, 1926, to the late Charles and Ethel Drummond, Charles grew up in the East End of Newport News across from the N.N.S. D.D., where his father worked as a manager. In his youth, Charles was a stock car enthusiast and stock car driver. He was known as "Red Drummond" to the local fans. He spent many hours at the Langley Speedway, both on and off the track, working on, racing, and winning in his beloved polka dot car #49. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1944, and then entered into the U. S. Army, where he received an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, and the Army of Occupation Medal.
After service to his country, Mr. Drummond returned home, went to work for NACA/NASA, starting as a machinist in the Apprentice School. During this time he married Maxine H. MacDonald in 1964 and settled in Poquoson. He graduated from the NASA Apprentice School and worked during the formative years of the space program, to include contributing to design elements of the space shuttle. He retired from NASA as an Aeronautical Engineer in 1983, and returning as a Lockheed Consultant for an additional 10 years and retired a second time in 1994.
Mr. Drummond was active in his local community and church organization. He was a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson and served on the Building Committee, during the design and construction phase of the current sanctuary. Charles also served as Sunday school Superintendent, Chairman of the Board during his years of service to the church, and was an honorary church Trustee at the time of his death.
His passion and joy was flying, where he had reached the rank of Major in the Civil Air Patrol, Langley Chapter, and served as a Commander for many years. This accomplishment made him a perfect mentor for the youth who participated in the Langley CAP Program. Charles helped many young people realize their dream of flying. Some of the cadets went on to pursue careers in commercial aviation. This affiliation brought him great joy and a sense of accomplishment.
Mr. Drummond was a mason of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49 AF&AM, where he served as a Master Mason during the ground breaking and construction of the current lodge building. As a longtime member, he served in many capacities; past master, Treasurer, and conducted numerous Masonic funerals for 20 years. He also served as a past district Deputy Grand Master of Poquoson Masonic Lodge and as Educational Officer for Grand Lodge of VA. Charles was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Mr. Drummond was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Lewis E. Drummond and William J. Drummond.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Maxine H. Drummond; a daughter, Sandra D. Foley and husband, James; and granddaughter, Jessica C. Foley, all of Poquoson; a son, Douglas S. Drummond and wife, Kathleen; and granddaughters, Shannon Drummond and Rachael Drummond, all of York County; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his faithful yorkie companion, "CoCo."
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at 10 Bayview Drive, Poquoson. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Dr. Bill Wash and the Rev. Carol Bookwalter. Burial, with Masonic Rites, will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, Hampton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 831 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA 23362.
Online condolences may be made to www.claytorrollins.com.
The family would like to thank Dr. P. Arthur Hoyt Jr.; the staff at Riverside Hospice & Riverside Regional Medical Center, 5 West; Bayside Of Poquoson-GLC; and all the wonderful caregivers throughout his illness. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2011
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