Pat Draper was the Town Clerk for the Town of Boykins for 15 years. Known for her friendly and talkative disposition, she was often considered the face of Boykins. If you needed to apply for a business license, pay your taxes or had any questions or concerns to raise about anything Boykins related, you knew Pat.
Early on during the Covid-19 pandemic and eventual lockdowns, Pat passed unexpectedly. Sandy Coard, friend and admirer of Pat, suggested that friends and family build a memorial garden in front of the town office where she worked and volunteered tirelessly for over 15 years.
Pat always wanted to landscape around the town office. But, it had always seemed there just wasn’t enough money in the town budget. The Coard Foundation voted to contribute financially to the project and also helped coordinate the construction of The Pat Draper Memorial Garden through the help of Justin Overby of Justin’s Landscaping, John Cann of Cann Farms, and participation from the Town of Boykins, Wright Funeral Home, and many of Pat’s friends and family.