From the moment LC Drummond Sr. was born, God called him to perform a special work, and once he was done, God took him home. Today we celebrate a man of God who has finished his course.
LC Sr. was 83 years old when he departed this earth on Sunday, September 17, 2023. He was born on June 20, 1940 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to JB Sr. and Ola Mae Mallory Drummond. He graduated from South High School in 1960. Four years later, he was drafted into the United States Army, and he served from September 25, 1963 – September 24, 1965. During his service, LC Sr. received a letter of appreciation from 1st Lt. Thomas J Kelly, Platoon Leader. In the letter he said,“ Specialist Drummond performed the regular duties of a soldier and vehicle driver in such a manner that he was chosen to drive the jeep of his platoon leader. During an arduous 1500 mi convoy drive from Fort Riley, Kansas to Fort Hood, Texas and back, Specialist Drummond’s skill was of the highest caliber. SP4 Drummond displayed a complete mastery of his vehicle, the ability to respond quickly to fluid situations, and an endurance capacity that entailed driving ten hours a day under all kinds of weather conditions. Specialist Drummond’s skill and attitude made my task much easier. SP4 Drummond is a true credit to this unit and the U.S. Army.”
After a period of time, he worked for the Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) for 30 years. Subsequently, LC Sr. received an award in grateful appreciation for service to the community action effort.
During the course of his life, he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He was a longstanding member of Word of Grace Church. While he was there, he served many roles. For instance, he opened and closed the church, and he served as a greeter and an usher. He was approachable, friendly, and warm. His smile could light up a city. He stood tall towering over everyone who entered the church. With his square chin, warm smile, and towering presence, the church members affectionately called him the “Gatekeeper.” At that moment, his purpose was revealed. He was chosen to be guard over the house of God. Everyone that knew L C Sr. loved him. No matter what the cost, he was always willing to help others. For instance, LC Sr. received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his generous support to the Disabled American Veterans on November 1, 2013. He was wise as well as generous. For instance, one year, a stranger knocked on the door asking for bus fare to get home. Ensuring that the money would be used for bus fare, he told the stranger he would meet him at the bus station early morning. LC Sr. went to the bus station to pay for the stranger’s bus fare, but the stranger was not there.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 31 years, Marguerite Johnson Drummond; his children LC Jr.(wife Charmaine) Drummond of Pflugerville, TX, Shina Drummond of Columbus, OH, Marguerite Tate of Youngstown, OH, Andrew Tate III of Columbus, OH, and Julius Tate of Columbus, OH; his grandchildren Jerome Drummond, Aaron Drummond, Jarrod Drummond, Brianna Drummond, Jhervon Morrison, Satin Smart, Andrew Tate IV, China Tate, Jyzair Tate, Jada Tate, Nasha Tate, Hadassah Tate, Leslie Carter III, and Tahnee Gilchrist; his 10 great-grandchildren; his brothers JB Jr.(wife Jeannie) Drummond of Dallas, TX, Howard Mitchell Jr. of Youngstown, OH, Stanley Croom of Youngstown, OH, Victory Asher of West Palm Beach, FL, Jerry (Janaire) Croom of Youngstown, OH, and sister Janice (Eddie) Walton of Youngstown, OH.
LC Sr. was preceded in death by his parents JB Sr. and Ola Mae Mallory Drummond; his son Marcus Drummond; his brothers Fred, Leon and John Drummond; his grandson Julius Tate Jr.
To sum up his legacy, he was an ordinary man whom God used to do extraordinary things.