Jim Drawdy, 61, of St. Petersburg and formerly of Manatee County, died Nov. 14.
Born in Long Beach, Calif., Mr. Drawdy moved to Manatee County in 1948. He and buddy Jim Brady opened West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach in 1964. He sold his interest in the business two years later, and opened a similar establishment on Siesta Key, which also included leather goods. He was a pioneer in surfing in Florida, and won many awards for his prowess in the sport throughout the world. He was a graduate of Southeast High School. He recently worked for Centex Homes in St. Petersburg.
A celebration of his life is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
He is survived by sisters Debi Noll of Largo and Peggy Stromberg of Columbia, Ala.; and brother Tom of Columbia.