Woodrow Drayton, Sr., was born on April 26, 1924, in Clarendon County. He was the fourth child of the late James Patrick and Rosa Mitchell Drayton.
He received his education in Clarendon County. At an early age, Woodrow became a member of St. Phillips RMUE Church of Clarendon County. Many years later he became a Jehovah’s Witness in Hopkins, SC.
On April 26, 1943, Woodrow became an active soldier in the United States of America Army. While in the Army Woodrow served as one of the African American soldiers who participated in the Normandy Invasion. Woodrow received an honorable discharge from the Army.
Woodrow was joined in holy matrimony to Ms. Daisy Pugh. From this union, they were blessed with six children. Woodrow was a devoted husband, dedicated to his children and family members.
In addition to his parents Woodrow was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Mae Nixon Drayton; five brothers, Preston Drayton, Robert Drayton, David Drayton, Sr., Jae Drayton, and Valentine Robinson, Jr.; three sisters, Ilda Wright, Louis Cotton, and Odessa D. Williams; and two sons, Larry Timothy Drayton and Michael Tyron Drayton.
Woodrow will always be cherished by those he left, three sons, Roosevelt Drayton, Woodrow Drayton, Jr., and Donald Bruce Drayton; three daughters, Edna Sims, Annie Marie Drayton, Rose Mary Rearden; two sisters, Beatrice Gillespie and Inez Mobley Dash; one brother-in-law, James Pugh; 20 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; a friend, Thelma Isaac; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends all who will miss him dearly.
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