STATESVILLE Mrs. Ruth Billings Drum of Statesville, went to her eternal home after a very short but courageous battle with cancer, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. She was a lifelong resident of Iredell County, and was born July 23, 1941, to the late Lester Samuel Billings and Lona Hayes Billings. She graduated from Statesville High School in 1959, and married C.F. "Jerry" Drum Jr., Jan. 16, 1960. For several years she worked as a secretary at the Statesville Police Department and later, she also worked as a secretary for the Statesville City Schools and the Iredell Statesville Schools, before retiring with 30 years of service. She was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday school class, where she served as the class secretary. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by one sister, Novella B. Miller and one brother, Steven Allen Billings. Ruth is survived by her husband, Jerry; one son, David Franklin Drum (Hailey); one daughter, Tracy Drum Wilkinson (Scott), both of Statesville; three grandchildren, Conner Drum, Caroline Drum and Mason Wilkinson. She has one brother, Walt Billings (Betty) of Statesville; lifelong friend, Brenda Price Goodin; along with many nieces and nephews and friends who love her and will miss her cards. She was known for always having the right words to say to cheer someone up. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, at Western Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Spry and the Rev. Dr. Andy Lackey officiating. The family will receive friends at the church, following the services. Burial will be held Friday, Oct. 25, at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund. Condolences may be made to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com. Troutman Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Ruth Billings Drum.