Bob­bye S. Daughon

JUNE 26, 1938 - JAN­UARY 31, 2020

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

Bob­bye S. Draughon, 81, passed away from a sud­den ill­ness on Jan­uary 31, 2020 at Rex Hospi­tal in Raleigh, NC.

She was born in Mem­phis, TN to Joseph Al­bert Shu­maker and Es­ther Mae Dud­ley Shu­maker. She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Garl Draughon, and her grand­son, Sa­muel Lawrence Draughon.

Bob­bye grad­u­ated in 1956 from Humes High in Mem­phis, the same high school Elvis Pres­ley at­tended three years ear­lier. Bob­bye grad­u­ated from the Mis­sis­sippi State Col­lege for Women in 1960. She went on to teach school in Hamp­ton, VA at Buck­roe Ju­nior High and Hamp­ton High, serv­ing as both an English and French teacher while ad­vis­ing the school’s the­ater and drama de­part­ments. In 1970, Bob­bye and her hus­band, Garl Draughon, moved to North Carolina, where both were em­ployed as teach­ers in Yad­kin and Davie coun­ties. In 1974, Bob­bye earned a Mas­ters de­gree from Ap­palachian State Univer­sity and be­came a Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion teacher. She worked at Pine­brook Ele­men­tary in Farm­ing­ton, Davie Co., be­fore be­com­ing part of the lo­cal staff for the nearby North­west Re­gional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Wilkes­boro, one of eight such cen­ters in the state.

Fol­low­ing her only son’s move to Raleigh in 1980, Bob­bye soon came to work for leg­isla­tive ser­vices for North Carolina’s Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­struc­tion. In 1985, while work­ing with a num­ber of state leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing Rep. Bob Etheridge, Rep. Billy Watkins, Rep. Mar­garet “Pinky” Hay­den, and Sen. Ken­neth Roy­all and Sen. Marvin Ward, Bob­bye worked be­hind the scenes in NCDPI’s Dept. of Pol­icy and Plan­ning to help de­velop and im­ple­ment the state’s his­toric new Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Plan, a then un­prece­dented in­fu­sion of state funds to­ward pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion over eight years, with the goal of pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion for all stu­dents in North Carolina. Af­ter over­see­ing roll­out of the BEP, Bob­bye went on to help cre­ate the pi­lot Ca­reer De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram, work­ing un­der the aus­pices of then State Su­per­in­ten­dent Craig Phillips and later State Supt. Bob Etheridge. She also worked on staff de­vel­op­ment is­sues at the Prin­ci­pal’s In­sti­tute. Bob­bye con­tin­ued work­ing for DPI through the Gen­eral Assem­bly’s adop­tion of the School Im­prove­ment and Ac­count­abil­ity Act. Bob­bye fin­ished her ca­reer at DPI mak­ing the rounds of state schools that were un­der­per­form­ing on state bench­marks and help­ing to de­sign in­di­vid­u­al­ized pro­grams to help correct fail­ing schools. She re­tired from state em­ploy­ment in 2000, re­ceiv­ing The Or­der of the Long Leaf Pine from then Gov. Jim Hunt in that year.

Through­out her long ca­reer in teach­ing and pub­lic ser­vice, Bob­bye con­trib­uted to ev­ery ma­jor main­stream educationa­l re­search and de­vel­op­ment pro­gram im­ple­mented in the state of North Carolina be­tween 1980 and 2000. She was a much sought af­ter con­sul­tant on is­sues af­fect­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of ex­cep­tional chil­dren. She was known as a cre­ative prob­lem solver whose forte was de­sign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that helped teach­ers de­vise en­gag­ing lessons for their stu­dents.

Af­ter re­tir­ing, Bob­bye loved spend­ing time with her hus­band, chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. She en­joyed read­ing, watch­ing movies, dis­cussing pol­i­tics and the com­pany of her cats.

Bob­bye is sur­vived by her half-brother Pa­trick McNaughton, and step-sib­lings Neil McNaughton and Judy McNaughton Kreisher. Also sur­viv­ing is her only son Den­nis Draughon; daugh­ter-in-law Megan Draughon; grand­daugh­ter Frances Draughon and grand­son Charles Draughon, all of Clay­ton, NC.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends 5:00PM - 7:00PM, Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 13th at Mont­lawn, 2911 S. Wilm­ing­ton St., Raleigh. A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will im­me­di­ately fol­low.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Women’s Cen­ter of Wake County or the He­len Wright Cen­ter in Bob­bye’s name. Con­do­lences may be sent at www.mont­lawn.com

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