By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: August 30, 2018 | 3:15 p.m.
SUSSEX & SURRY COUNTIES – Not even torrential rain could keep away the crowds on hand this year to help Cutter “Pops” Drewry celebrate his 90th birthday with a pig pickin’ down by the James River.
Born in Waverly, Virginia on July 24, 1928, Cutter was the oldest of five boys born to Howard and Edith Drewry, and has always remained down-to-earth. But as the crowd gathered to celebrate with “Pops” this year, it was obvious that a large dose of Southern Gentleman charm also is in full force. Stopping to spend time with everyone there, he listened more than he talked, though when urged he was willing to share his signature twinkly-eyed smile and fascinating stories about family, farm, and, of course, his beloved baseball.
Beaming at his wife of 66 years, he described how not long after they met, he “gave her a ring, but she gave it right back!” Even while keeping the rest of the family busy organizing the feeding and comfort of all the friends and neighbors gathered in their yard, Joan directed a laugh and a twinkle at her beau of all these years as she responded, “Well, I did take it eventually, but right then, I just told him I wasn’t ready to get married yet!”
Cutter Drewry with son, Michael Drewry, and daughter Gayle Simms – who made the amazing birthday cake.
The two did marry in 1952, and 66 years later Cutter and Joan Lovell Pittman have two Children, Gayle Drewry Simms – partner in Kidz Korner and well-known local baker, and Michael Howard Drewry – local farmer, lawyer, and Vice Chairman of the Surry County Board of Supervisors, plus five grandchildren and three great grandsons. Still active in the Wakefield Community and the Wakefield Foundation, over the years Cutter also has been a member of the Wakefield Fire Department, Wakefield Ruritan Club, Coached the Wakefield Little League Baseball in the 1960’s and worked with the Wakefield Boy Scouts. .
The family loves to describe how the “local farmer” played baseball so well that he was wanted in the major leagues, and everyone knows that one of his favorite pastimes is watching his beloved Washington Nationals. Never one to sit still for too long, Cutter “Pops” Drewry still loves to go to the family farm every day to check on the crops and animals. And one of the favorite sayings in his family – where he is obviously adored by one and all – is, “If it is broken, give it to ‘Pops.’ He can fix anything.”