James Mitchell Drew, 85, of San Mateo, passed from this life on Friday, June 30, 2023 at Kiva of Palatka Assisted Living following an extended illness. Born in Sanford, Florida, he resided in the Putnam County area since 1947. He attended Hastings High School and served honorably in the U.S. Air Force. James worked as a supervisor with the State Department of Transportation. He was a member of Pineland Lodge #86 F&AM, the Putnam County Shrine Club and the Morocco Temple Shrine in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Drew and Nancy Dorton Drew, 2 brothers, John “Nathan” Drew and Robert “Bobby” Drew and 3 sisters, Margaret Tindel, Betty Lucille Utley and Juanita Nelson.
James is survived by his wife, Jeanette Drew of San Mateo, a son, Johnnie Drew (Sharon) of Peniel, a daughter, Debra Ann Greene (Carl) of Satsuma, a sister, Nancy Sapp of Ozark, AL, 2 grandchildren, Kaylee Peters (Jehonathan), Courtney Mattox (Devin) and 5 great-grandchildren, Austin Peters, Jaylee Peters, Jett Peters, Devlin Mattox and Dexlyn Mattox.
Services celebrating James’ life will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Johnson-Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Pastor Shaun Thomas officiating. Pineland Lodge #86 F&AM will also conduct Masonic Rites. Burial will follow at Peniel Cemetery with the U.S. Air Force bestowing military honors. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at James’s Book of Memories page at www.johnsonoverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.