Marion Thomas Drummond, 72, longshoreman and racing enthusiast

Posted: May 30, 2014

WHEN MARION Drummond would announce, "I'm going to see the girls," he didn't mean the human kind.

He meant horses, the ones that race one another around dirt tracks to the cheers of excited fans who wager on the outcomes.

The racetrack was a favorite place for this hardworking longshoreman to relax. Marion Thomas Drummond died May 14 at age 72. He lived in Point Breeze.

"Marion will truly be missed," his family said. "He was very popular in the community with young and old."

He was born in Philadelphia to Marion and Blanche Drummond. When his mother died, he was raised in New Church, Va., by his grandmother, Isabell Taylor.

He was educated in the Accomack County, Va., schools, and began his spiritual journey at St. Mark United Methodist Church in New Church. He was an active member and sang in the choir.

Marion worked at the Campbell Soup plant in Salisbury, Md., before moving back to Philadelphia and going to work on the docks.

"He was a person who liked helping his fellow man," his family said. "A very generous person."

If scriptures were used to describe Drummond, they said, it would be 1 Corinthians 13:13 - "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Marion not only enjoyed horse racing, he was enthusiastic about all sports, his family said.

He is survived by his longtime companion, Ardelia Saunders; a son, Anthony Drummond Sr.; two stepsons, Leon and Richard Saunders; two brothers, Nathan and Raymond Drummond; three sisters, Linda Osbourn Stokes, Gloria Reeves and Frances Moore; a grandson, Anthony Drummond Jr.; and a granddaughter, Nyla Faith.

Services: Memorial service noon tomorrow at Slater Funeral Home, 1426 Fitzwater St.

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