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Banks Holt Drewry, 56, of Mathews, N.C., departed this life to be with his Savior on Friday July 22, 2016.

Banks was born May 31, 1960,in Raleigh, N.C. At the age of two, he moved to Wilmington, N.C., and spent the rest of his childhood growing up on Wrightsville Beach. He fully embraced life at the beach. He enjoyed fishing, surfing, water skiing and all of the endless fun associated with living at the beach.

Banks Holt Drewry
              Banks Holt Drewry

After graduating from Hoggard High School, he attended East Carolina University, where he studied business and was a brother of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Banks spent his adult life working in the food-service industry as a skilled salesman and later as a sales force trainer. Throughout his career he was highly thought of and well-respected.

Banks was a member of St. Johns Masonic Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason. In his early twenties, he worked as a Wrightsville Beach lifeguard and later served on the Wrightsville Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He was one of the founding fathers of the Coastal Living Crew and a lifetime member of the Wrightsville Beach Buffett fan club.

Banks never met a stranger and his love for life was contagious. His dynamic and charismatic personality will be missed dearly by the many people whose lives he touched.

Banks is survived by his parents, the Rev. John C. and Gail Drewry; sister, Catharine Hedrick (Scott); brother, John C. Drewry IV; two nieces, Lauren Hedrick and Madeline Drewry; and the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Lesia Pridgen and her family. She brought him much happiness and put the laughter back in his life.

Funeral services, led by the Rev. Richard Elliott, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday July 26, 2016, at St. Andrews on the Sound. Honorary pall bearers will be the Coastal Living Crew. A celebration of Banks’ life will be held at the dockside after the funeral, and Banks would love to see some color.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wrightsville Beach Volunteer Firefighters Association or the Humane Society.