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Memorial services for John Henry Drake, Jr., 90, of Palestine will be at 1:00 pm Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Herrington / Land of Memory Funeral Home Chapel with Roger Spain officiating.
Mr. Drake passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Cartmell Home for Aged.
He was born June 20, 1926, in Blountsville, Alabama to John H. Drake, Sr. and Susie Mae Roundtree Drake. He had lived in Palestine for the past 23 years and was a retired life insurance agent. He was past president of the Evening Lions Club, the Dogwood Squares Club, and the East Texas Square and Round Dance Club. Mr. Drake was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Billie Sue Drake; brother, Charles Drake; sister, Mary Drake Fields; step-son, Donald Coley; grandson, Michael Ray Hollis; granddaughter, Brandi Michelle Simpson; and close friends, J.D. and Helen Lightfoot and Cliff Thomason.
John is survived by his wife of 23 years, Pat Drake of Palestine; 5 daughters, Linda and Rick Simpson of Houston, Pat and Chester Hollis of Marshall, Phyllis and Bob Barton of Longview, Johnie and Jeff Jenkins of Lake Charles, LA, and Debbie and J.D. Cardwell of White Oak; niece, Chardette Sue King of Alabama; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and 9 step-children, numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Condolences calls will be received at Herrington Funeral Home following the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank the Staff at Cartmell Home of Aged and Hospice Plus for the special care of their loved one.
View online at www.herringtonfuneral.com.
Published on November 28, 2016
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