Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Mrs. Elouise Drakeford Wright, peacefully transitioned from this earthly life on Tuesday morning, February 9, 2021 at Kershaw Health, Camden, South Carolina. Elouise was the youngest of twelve children born to her late parents, Mr. Willie S. and Mrs. Louisa Adamson Drakeford.
She received her early religious training at the Hyco Missionary Baptist Church in Cassatt, South Carolina. Later in life, she joined the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Camden, South Carolina. Elouise was a faithful, dedicated and a loyal member of her church. She was committed in fulfilling all responsibilities that were asked of her. Elouise served as the church secretary/clerk for thirty years. She also served as secretary of the Ushers Board Ministry, Ruth Star Point, Gospel Choir and the Spiritual Enrichment Ministry. Elouise spoke with a very easy, quiet, and soft tone, but her faithfulness to do the will of our Heavenly Father was the voice of a giant!
Elouise completed her early education at Hickmon Elementary School and graduated from Jackson High School. Afterwards, she wanted to educate herself more with knowledge about the business world. She attended South Carolina State College (University) in Orangeburg, South Carolina. As a part of her love and care for others, Elouise learned how to assist farmers with properly filling out very challenging forms. With her assistance, they were able to complete all forms and documents in order for them to get their Social Security. The farmers were very thankful for all of her help!
Elouise worked as secretary for the Kershaw County Agricultural and Home Demonstration Agents, Kershaw County School District under the Department of Labor for 17 years as a Coordinator and Director. During this tenure, she touched the lives of many boys and girls giving them job training and work experience. She was also employed by Wateree Community Actions where she continued to help others in her community. For 19 years Elouise was coordinator for youth in the Federal C.E.T.A. Program for Kershaw, Clarendon, Lee and Sumter Counties. Elouise was a Lifetime Member of the Camden/Kershaw Branch NAACP where she served as secretary for several years; Hadoth Chapter Order of Eastern Star and the S.C. Association of Human Service Agencies, Inc.
Elouise was the owner of Wright’s Clerical Service. It was not just a business to her; it was her Ministry and life ambition to be a secretary. Churches throughout the county would call on Mrs. Elouise D. Wright to do their special occasion programs throughout the years. Several people would use her talents and skills to complete their personal income taxes. Her dream was fulfilled! She served in that capacity for many years to the very best of her ability.
Elouise was a strong and delightful pillar in her community. She loved babies, old, young and people of all ethnicity. However, the most special joy in her life was her only child, her daughter Sheila! They shared many fond memories, especially learning how to drive together and getting their license almost the same time! When she became ill, her daughter had such a special and endearing love for her mother, she returned home from Fuaquay Varina, North Carolina to take care of her.
Elouise was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Willie S. and Mrs. Louisa Drakeford; her husband,
Mr. Paul Wright; and eleven siblings: Louvenia D. Middleton; Susie D. Jackson; Hessie Mae D. Truesdale; Willie Catoe Drakeford; Nannie Etta Drakeford; Janie D. Jones; Josephine D. Boykin; Charlie Drakeford; Floyd Scott Drakeford; Odessa D. Harris and Lawrence Sylvester Drakeford.
Those who will forever cherish her love and memories are: her devoted daughter, Sheila Drakeford Johnson of Camden, SC; a special nephew, Larry E. (Jeanette) Drakeford of Paterson, N.J.; granddaughters: Jada E. Johnson of Camden, S.C.; Kimberly Clark of Englewood, N.J.; Little Sheila L. Drakeford and Raven M. Drakeford of Paterson, N.J.; great- granddaughter: Lauryn E. Johnson of Camden, S.C.; goddaughter, Selma W. (Joseph) of Columbia, S.C. and a host of many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.
I had faith in a living God, Faith in myself, and a desire to serve.
Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 7:28
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 PM Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Cedar Cemetery. Mask and Social Distancing will be observed. Viewing will be held from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.
Professional Services are under the care of Brown's Funeral Home.
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