Elbert Allen “Larry” Drummond
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Elbert Allen “Larry” Drummond, 68 of Jasper, Vice Chairman of Drummond Company Inc., died on July 30, 2012 at his residence surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Abbie Kiker Drummond; one daughter, Terri Drummond Lyon and husband John, Birmingham; two sons, Scott Allen Drummond, and Patrick Lee Drummond and wife Debbie, Birmingham; five grandchildren, Orrin Henry “Hank” Ingram III, Kelsey Ann Lyon, Mary Stewart Drummond, Lindsay Jane Drummond, and Patrick Miller Drummond; and two brothers, Garry Neil Drummond and his wife Peggy, Birmingham; and John Howard Drummond and wife Toni, Jasper; brother-in-law Thomas O. Davidson; two sisters-in-law, Billie Ruth Lindsey Drummond and Beverly Hubbard Drummond; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Heman Edward Drummond and Elza Eliza Stewart Drummond; two brothers, Donald David Drummond and Segal Edward Drummond; and two sisters, Hila Jo Davidson and Barbara Nell Thorne.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Jasper. The funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Jasper with Dr. Charles Carter officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery in Sipsey. Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Drummond’s nephews will serve as pall bearers.

Mr. Drummond was born August 3, 1943 at Norwood Clinic in Birmingham. The family had not decided on a name, and a maternity ward nurse, just to give the new baby a specific identity, started calling him “Larry.” That name continued as his unofficial but primary “first name” throughout his life. His birth was in the midst of World War II, and the parents decided to honor two family members who were in military service. They named Elbert Allen for relatives from both his mother and father.

His early life was spent with his family in the Walker County town of Sipsey. His father, Heman Drummond, had been a coal miner for Debardeleben Coal Company and had decided in 1935 to start his own mine, the beginning of what is now Drummond Company Inc. Heman Drummond began mining on property left by his grandfather, and he later moved to coal land that had been homesteaded by his mother.

Larry Drummond attended Sipsey School, then entered ninth grade at Walker County High School in Jasper. He played football on the junior varsity in 1957, the year the varsity won the state championship. Larry played the next three years as a fullback and linebacker on the varsity and in his senior year (1960-61), he was co-captain and named to the all-county team. He also played baseball at Walker and was selected for the East-West All-Star Game in Birmingham.

Larry attended Walker College for the next two years, and at the end of the second year, Larry, then 19, married his high school sweetheart, Abbie Kiker.

In the fall of 1963, Larry enrolled at Samford University. After one semester, he transferred to the University of Alabama where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration in 1965. He was elected to Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting fraternity.

He remained at the University and earned a master’s degree in accounting the following year. He then entered the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was awarded the Juris Doctor degree in 1969.

During breaks in college, Larry worked in various areas of Drummond Coal operations — preparing a site for mining, drilling at a new mine, cleaning coal for loading, and work at other operations.

Returning home with his law degree, he rejoined the company and was involved initially in sales. Over the years, he was heavily involved with domestic and international coal sales. Larry, along with his brothers, were instrumental in fostering business relationships with Japan that continue today. He assumed additional complex responsibilities as Vice Chairman of the corporation and Chairman of its Executive Committee.

Larry Drummond was active in a variety of civic and educational organizations in Walker County and Alabama. He was a member of the Alabama and the American Bar Associations. At the University of Alabama, he was a member of the President’s Cabinet and of the Board of Visitors of the Culverhouse School of Commerce. The Culverhouse School recognized him in 2003 with a Career Achievement Award. He served on the boards of the Walker Area Community Foundation and the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation.

He was a director of the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which presented him with the Silver Beaver Award. He was a member of the Board of Directors of First Commercial Bank, and served on the board of directors and the selection committee of the Alabama Business Hall of Fame. He also served as a board member for the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation and the American Family Business Institute. He was a member of United Way of Central Alabama’s Le Societe National. In 2011 Larry was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor and into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame.

Larry was a man who loved life and had a great love for hunting, fishing, golf and Alabama football; but his greatest passion was sharing his hobbies and interests with family and friends.

Larry loved his family, his church and his community and served them well and accomplished much in his life. For all of his accomplishments, the one that meant a great deal to him was being able to help others.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Walker Area Community Foundation, P.O. Box 171 Jasper, AL 35502 or The Black Warrrior Council of the Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Drawer 3088, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-3088.