Driggers’ services planned for Sept. 13Published 9:14pm Monday, September 12, 2011
Elizabeth Bowers Driggers, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 11 in Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, after a brief illness. Services for the longtime Director of Planning and Development for the city of Selma will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 13 at First Baptist Church with The Reverend Dr. Jerry Light and The Reverend Lee Tate officiating. The family will receive visitors at the church at 10 a.m. prior to the service.
A private burial will follow in New Live Oak Cemetery with Lawrence-Brown Service Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Driggers served the city of Selma for 33 years, during the administrations of Mayors Joseph T. Smitherman, Carl Cope Morgan Jr. and James Perkins. She worked closely with City Council President George Evans prior to his entering the office of mayor and with several members of previous councils.
During her years of service she successfully managed a number of citywide projects including the development of Fair Oaks Square, the Downtown Redevelopment Project, the Survey of Riverview, Ice House, Old Town and the historic districts along Water Avenue.
The restoration of the St. James Hotel was successfully completed under her leadership and serves as a model for other communities in the development of public-private partnerships.
Mrs. Driggers also gave early recognition to the importance of tourism in its continuing development as a major industry. The development of Selma’s Riverfront Park currently in progress was her last major contribution to the progress of the city to which she contributed unceasingly during her years of service in Selma.
In her personal life, Mrs. Driggers dedicated herself to her church and its programs, her family, her many personal friends and unceasingly found time for her community, heeding always the admonition of a plaque that hung in her office, “You do best what you plan to do.”
She was preceded in death by her parents Burney Bowers and Clodia Bowers Jones and her aunt Mattie Gordy. Her husband Billy Driggers died in 1998.
She is survived by three children: a son Robert Stephen “Bobby” Driggers and his wife Susan of Birmingham; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Driggers of Daphne, Laurie Anne Driggers Manderson and her husband Webster Manderson of Selma; and four grandchildren: Avery and Caroline Driggers and Elizabeth and Ford Manderson.
Among other survivors are two sisters-in-law, Vivian Taylor and Betty Gray Driggers; a special nephew Mal Driggers; Ramona Kincey and family; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers for her service are Johnny Kincey, Jon Moore, Britt Mott, Tony Lee, Mike Reynolds, Mal Driggers and Robert Johnson.