DOBSON — A well known former public official passed away on Friday.
Kermit Draughn, long-time Dobson fire chief and commissioner, has died, Moody-Davis Funeral Services in Dobson confirmed on Friday.
Draughn is well known in the Dobson community, as he was, at one time, part-owner of Draughn’s Auto Parts.
He was an active member of the Dobson Volunteer Fire Department for more than seven decades, serving as chief for much of that time.
He also served on the Dobson Board of Commissioners for 20 years until 2007. When unsuccessfully running for office in 2009, Draughn proudly noted that in his 2o years spent as a town commissioner, he never missed a meeting of the town board.
He also represented the county’s Central District on the Surry County Board of Commissioners for two terms and and worked on behalf of the town’s cemetery.
In 1946, Draughn joined the U.S. Army at just 17 years of age. He served with the 25th Infantry Division.
In December, Draughn served as the grand marshal for the town’s annual Christmas parade.
According to the notice of death provided by the funeral home, Draughn was 88 at the time of his passing.
Draughn’s son, Ricky Draughn, serves as the town mayor and could not be reached for comment on Friday.
The funeral home noted arrangements for Draughn’s funeral service were incomplete as of Friday afternoon.