Pastor James Leroy Drew

January 15, 1921 - April 20, 2008

01/15/1921 - 04/20/2008

Past Services

Visitation
Friday April 25, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Additional Information:

The family will also receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service in the chapel of the funeral home.

Service
Saturday April 26, 2008
11:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Additional Information:

Pastor Olah Moore officiating.

Cemetery
Roosevelt Memorial Park
1101 Campostella Road
Chesapeake, VA
757-543-2088 | Directions
Additional Information:

Immediately following the funeral service at Altmeyer Funeral Home.

Cemetery
Roosevelt Memorial Park
1101 Campostella Road
Chesapeake, VA
757-543-2088 | Directions
Additional Information:

Immediately following the funeral service at Altmeyer Funeral Home.

Service
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Additional Information:

Pastor Olah Moore officiating.

Visitation
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Additional Information:

The family will also receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service in the chapel of the funeral home.

Pastor James L. Drew

Virginia Beach – Pastor James Leroy Drew, 87, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2008, in a local hospital. Born in Norfolk, he was the son of the late Lilly Mae Drew Christy and was raised by his grandmother, Mary Drew of Titus Town. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Sarah Virginia Drew; his daughter, Katherine Culbreth; his brother, William Christy; and his sister, Katherine Riley; and his grandson, Norman Lee Alston, Jr.

Pastor James L. Drew started preaching as an assistant in 1950 at the Colored Union Mission in Norfolk. He was a graduate of Norfolk State University with a B.A. Degree in English and completed a three year Bible program at Washington Bible College of Maryland. He founded and Pastored Faith Community Church of Norfolk for 25 years. He was responsible for establishing the Adult Education Program at the Norfolk Bible Institute an extension program of the Washington Bible College which for several years offered accredited Bible College courses. He continued as the Pastor-at-Large and a member of Faith Community Church of Norfolk.

Pastor Drew leaves behind to cherish his memory his two daughters, Priscilla Drew Souza and her husband Eneas, and Joycelyn Drew Monroe; ten brothers and sisters, George Christy, Ernest Christy, Frank Christy, Pearson Christy, Paul Christy, Clifford Christy, Clarence Christy, Lillian Christy Younger, Deborah Christy, and Annie Christy; three grandchildren, David C. Alston, Charles J. Alston, and Julia Culbreth Hollins; and two great-grandchildren, Kiandra Alston and Christopher Alston.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd. in Virginia Beach, with Pastor Olah Moore officiating. The family will receive friends Friday, April 25, 2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and again from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service Saturday, April 26, 2008, in the chapel of the funeral home. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.

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Veronica Batts Skinner
8 years ago

Dear Joycelyn and Priscilla,

We are sorry that we are unable to be with you today and offer our deepest and heart-felt sympathy to you and the family. During your time of bereavement, we pray that the Lord will sustain you and encourage your heart. Jesus has said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26

Pastor Drew loved the Lord and believed, rejoice at his Homegoing.

We love you and will keep you in prayer.

In His Love,

The Batts Family

Bill & Marian Lodge
8 years ago

Dear Joycelyn and Priscilla. Regrettably, a prevfious engagement at our church precludes us from attending your father’s service on Saturday. Jim Drew in particular but also all of the wonderful members of Faith Community impacted our lives in so many ways that will remain cherished memories for the rest of our lives. We indeed regret that we cannot be there to support both you and your families and to say farewell to a friend and faithful servant of the Lord.

Deborah Moore
8 years ago

I am so thankful to have known Pastor Drew and to have sat under his teaching the Word of God. He is truly a man of God. My prayers and thoughts are with Priscilla, Joyce and the family. May God continue to lead and guide your family.

Katrina Trina Frye
8 years ago

I am so thankful to have known Pastor Drew and to have sat under his teachings as a youth and adult. My prayers and thoughts are with the family. May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

Ms Eyvern Edwards
8 years ago

May your faith in God comfort you and give you peace and the precious memories of your father, brother and grandfather all ways live in your heart.

Yolanda H. Thornton
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to the Drew family. May the knowledge that you’ll see your loved one again keep you strong and hopeful.

Lawrencia Griffin
8 years ago

My deepest sympathy to the family of Pastor James Leroy Drew. May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep you during this difficult time.

James Vance
8 years ago

Our condolences from the Vance family. God be with you and help you with your losses.

God Bless and all our love.

The Vance Family

David Yeazell
8 years ago

Priscilla and family,

Praying for your family at this time of transition! Rejoicing with you in a life well lived!

Blessings, David Yeazell

Bunny Cheatham & Family
8 years ago

We would like to send our Deepest Sympathy to Pastor Drew’s Family and Thank GOD for the Glorious service that Pastor Drew provided our family.

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