Drema Louise Whitson, 62, of Romney, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the Hampshire Center surrounded by her loving family.
Born on June 1, 1954 in Bluefield, she was the daughter of the late Marion V. George and Dorothy A. Clark George. Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Betty Mayor.
She was raised in Northern Virginia and attended Thomas Edison High School in Springfield. After high school, she immediately went to work to provide and care for her son Joey and her family. She held various jobs, but many may remember her from her days as a waitress at The Ranch House restaurant located in Alexandria, Va. It was at this time a “Grand Love Affair” occurred when she met, and later married, one of her customers, Bill Whitson. Their wedding was in 1982 and they spent over 40 years together.
They adored and cherished one another; so much so that Bill was able convince Drema to move to West Virginia to a tree farm. As the years passed she and Bill became real estate entrepreneurs. It was soon evident that Drema had a gift and love for design, turning most any house into a home. She took her job as mother to Billie and Joey very seriously and was devoted to them. She took pride in all she did or was a part of. Her devotion was as great as her faith and she firmly believed in tithing and giving back. She truly believed that her blessings flowed from her ability to give back to others.
Her faith was most evident in how she lived her life and set an example for many. In 2007 she and Bill moved to Myrtle Beach to be near family. While there, she was baptized, in the ocean, at the Barefoot Church in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. She loved her church and devoted much time and resources to it. She loved her God and firmly believed in living by faith. In all this, she was still very much “the girl.” She loved to shop and was always looking for a deal, a type of “retail therapy.” She never paid full price for anything. In 2013 her health dictated a move back to Romney to be near her doctors for her battle with cancer. She will always be remembered for her ability to cope with, and leap over, life’s struggles, all the while being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Billy E. Whitson; 1 son, Joey D. George and wife Donnell of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 1 daughter, Billie L. Whitson of Little River, S.C.; 3 step-daughters, Marie Whitson Neller and husband Wayne of Fla., Lori Sim and husband Steve of N.C., and Linda Evensen of Augusta; 4 brothers, Dale George and wife Arlene of Woodbridge, Va., Jackie George and wife Karen of Woodbridge, Va., Johnny George of Pa., and Bobby George of Romney; 2 sisters, Thersa Swain and husband Joe of N.C. and Debbie Welch and husband Frank of Romney; 5 grandchildren, Lindsey Bender, Brianna George, twins Andrew and Brooklyn George, and Jaxon Whitson; numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren for whom she had a deep love and affection for; and 2 special furry friends, her Poodles Bo and Cole.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at Covenant Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Cheshire officiating. Interment will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Levels.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Schwab Family Cancer Center, Western Maryland Health System, 12500 Willowbrook Rd. Cumberland, Md., 21502, who can be contacted at 240-964-1400.
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney at 304-822-3511.