Segal Drummond dies at 78
by David Lazenby
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Segal Drummond
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Segal Edward Drummond, the former professional baseball star who gave up his athletic aspirations to help run his father's business, Drummond Company, Inc., passed away Monday at age 78.

Visitation will be held at Kilgore-Green Funeral Home in Jasper today from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Sixth Avenue Church of Christ in Jasper on Thursday at 2 p.m. with Levi Sides and Gary Hampton officiating. A family graveside service will be held at Pisgah Baptist Church in Sipsey. Kilgore-Green Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Drummond, who was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Sipsey to Heman and Elza Drummond, was drafted into the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League after he graduated from Walker High School where he was an all-star athlete in three sports.

His son, Mark Drummond, said the former minor league shortstop probably would have made it to the major leagues had he not returned to Walker County to work at the Drummond Company where he was the senior executive vice president when he retired several years ago.

"The old guys who I've talked to say he was one of the best around from these parts," Mark said about his father who played for a Class AAA farm team of The Pittsburg Pirates.

Drummond's other son, who followed in his father's footsteps onto the baseball diamond and the family business, agreed.

"I've probably had a hundred people come up to me at the ball fields and say, 'Your dad was the greatest baseball player I ever saw,'" said Segal Edward Drummond Jr., who prefers to be called Ed. "I kept hearing that over and over again."

Ed, who finished his baseball career at Walker College, is the executive vice president and executive assistant to the CEO of Drummond Company, Inc., which was established as the largest surface mining company in Alabama under the leadership of Segal Drummond and his brothers.

Mark said his father kept a letter from Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Pirates, that requested that Segal Drummond reconsider his departure from baseball.

"He (Rickey) felt very sure that dad would make it to the big club," Mark said. "But dad had too many responsibilities back here at home at the time."

Mark attributed his father's success in sports to his "incredible" eye-hand coordination.

"He would go out bird hunting, and he was the only guy I've ever seen who would go out with 10 shotgun shells and come back with 12 birds," Mark said about his dad who was inducted into Walker High School's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.

Family members say Segal Edward Drummond was also a skilled golfer, fisherman and dominos player.

Drummond is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beverly Hubbert Drummond; sons, Segal Edward Drummond, Jr. and his wife, Cappie, and Mark Stephen Drummond and his wife, Jessica; grandchildren, Hillary Drummond Palaia, Segal Edward Drummond, III, Cameron Drummond, Caroline Drummond, Catherine Drummond, and Belle Drummond; brothers, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mrs. Donald Drummond, Mr. and Mrs. Garry N. Drummond, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Drummond, Mr. and Mrs. John Drummond and Mr. Tom Davidson. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter, Tait Palaia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Heman Edward Drummond; his mother, Elza Eliza Stewart Drummond; his brother, Donald Drummond; and his sisters, Hila Jo Drummond Davidson and Barbara Drummond Thorne.

Mark said his father cared about his family and the members of his community.

"He was a very loving, caring, giving person. He never liked to see anyone hurting or doing without," Mark said. "He loved to share with people and give people good advice and help them become better people."