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Drew Michael Love, 52, of Albany, Georgia, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2020, at his home. He was born on November 7, 1967, in Albany, Georgia, the eldest son of Cleo Love and Margie Barker Love.

As a youth, he professed his faith, was baptized, and joined C. K. Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church in Albany, GA.

Drew was a 1985 honor graduate of Dougherty Comprehensive High School in Albany, Georgia. He attended Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, where he pledged the Eta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and in 1989, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology-Chemistry. Drew continued his education with graduate studies at the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine and Brown University. In 1997, he earned a Masters of Science degree in Microbiology-Immunology from Alabama State University.

Drew obtained multiple certifications from the American Society For Quality including Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, and Certified Quality Auditor. He combined this technical expertise with his knowledge of biological sciences to help major biotechnology manufacturers maintain quality standards. These firms included Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, Biogen Idec, Cardinal Health, Wyeth, and numerous others.

In 2014, Drew joined the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research as a Compliance Officer. He took great pride in ensuring consumer safety through his role in assessing compounding pharmacies and their adherence to federal regulations.

Drew joined Ernst & Young, LLP as part of the Advisory Risk Transformation practice in 2016 and served as Manager in Quality and Compliance.   Drew’s education and FDA experience enabled him to support many Life Science and Healthcare firms with risk management and business strategy.  Working through Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA, Drew provided consultancy to clients across the US and around the globe. He will be remembered for his dedicated service to his clients, providing exceptional regulatory guidance, direction on statutory changes, and business insights.

Drew was a connoisseur of fine foods and beverages, and he had knowledge of the best restaurants across the country. Some of his favorites were Miller Union in Atlanta, Georgia, and The Dabney in Washington, DC. Drew possessed the chops to create equally fine dining within his home, and his family was the beneficiary of exquisite Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas feasts.

Drew was a dedicated son who skillfully maintained the small farm started by his parents. In the past year, he moved into his parents’ home to provide primary care for his ailing mother.

Drew Love is survived by his two brothers, Darryl Love of Alexandria, VA, and Dexter Love of Moultrie, GA; three uncles, Jimmy (Queen) Barker of Montgomery, AL, Clinton Love of Trenton, NJ, and Samuel Love of Bristol, PA; two aunts, L. Irene Hunter of Trenton, NJ, and Gayloyd Scott of Albany, GA; and numerous cousins. Drew was preceded in death by his parents, Cleo and Margie Love.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. in the Mt. Zion Memorial Cemetery, 4934 Georgia Highway 300, Oakfield, Georgia. Rev. Darrell Leggett will provide the eulogy. Meadows Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

"In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Drew M. Love's honor to paine.edu/web/giving

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  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Meadows Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020
    My deepest condolences. Peace.
    ~ Quintin Jackson   Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    When Drew worked at the FDA, we would often chat about the various restaurants he would frequent - the interesting dishes he loved (and how much they cost!), and even the backstory behind the names of some restaurants. My husband and I visited one establishment in D.C. based on Drew's recommendation. He was a very special person with a wealth of knowledge and insight. He will be missed and I am very sorry for your family's loss.
    ~ Temeka Moore   MD
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    Sorry for losing you! May you rest in peace!!
    ~ Eric Adeeku   Frederick, MD
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    Drew shared his tremendous knowledge and insight on so many important topics, from science to history and culture, during conversations at FDA. These discussions provided me a much needed respite from the intensity of work on many a day. In fact, just before he left the FDA to take care of his ailing mother, I was so impressed that he was reading a book on the life of renowned scholar Dr. Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, the country of my birth! The world has lost another learned, bright son too soon! My sincere condolences to Drew’s Family and Friends. May he Rest in Peace! Ruth Moore, Maryland, USA
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    My sincere condolences to the family. I learned a lot from Drew. He shared a wealth of knowledge on all topics, from where is the best place to go out to eat in Washington D.C., to insightful information about pharmacies and other manufacturing companies. Rest in Peace.
    ~ Daniel Brisker   MD
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    My deepest sympathies to Darryl, Dexter, Gayloyd and the rest of the Love family. Drew was the most intelligent person I knew. I learned so much from him professionally and personally. He was a pleasure to work with and the best dinner companion. I enjoyed our conversations and all the laughter and tears we shared over the years. He was a great friend who cared deeply for his family. I know he is resting in power but I will miss him every day.
    ~ Allison Aldridge   Ft. Washington, MD
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    My deepest condolences go out to the Love family. I work with Drew a two companies and he was a mentor to me. I often talk about the time we dined at Hoffman and Finch restaurant in Atlanta. He will be missed.
    ~ Kealos Omah Wimpye   Madison, AL
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2020
    My condolences to Dexter and the rest of the Love family. Drew and I worked together at FDA. He and another co-worker or ours used to visit different restaurants all the time. He really enjoyed fine dining and would dress the part. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Drew was my Alpha Phi Alpha brother. He not only was my friend but also became my little brother. He loved his family and would always talk about his brothers, mom and dad. I'm going to miss our discussions about black history, microbiology, and as members of our organizations what we were doing to make our communities better. Goodness and mercy had follow him, and I know he is dwelling in the house of the Lord. May God keep you and bless you always Debbie Parris
    ~ DEBORAH PARRIS   Maple Glen, PA
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020
    Drew was an awesome living example of wisdom, integrity, kindness and knowledge. It was my honor to be his friend. We'd like to offer our deepest condolences, prayers, love and hugs to his family for their loss. Rest in heaven my brother.
    ~ Mitchell and Willetta Wheeler   Lake Villa, IL
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020
    To my dearest and honorable fraternity brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., you will be missed and my heart goes out to your family. I pray that God comfort your family during this time of bereavement. May the Legacy of Drew Love continues on. Wilbert Smith & Shirley
    ~ Wilbert Smith   Augusta, GA