William Lewis Drake, 84, died peacefully at home Tuesday, June 25.
He was born May 18,1929 in Rock Island to Murray Tone and Linnie Moore Drake.
He grew up in Blue Ridge, Ga., where his father was superintendent of the dam and power plant. He attended North Georgia Military College and graduated from Officer’s School. He was deployed to Japan during the Korean War, where he attended Winter Warfare School. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1956, after six years of service to his country. He studied physics, business and finance at the University of Tennessee, and later in life took graduate courses at the School of Banking at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He was a businessman in the finance industry, and worked for the same company in a successful career that spanned over 40 years. He began as a field collection officer, and through hard work and persistence ultimately became a senior executive vice president. He was a member of the Flyer’s Club, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Masonic Lodge, and attended First Baptist Church in Fredericksburg.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Madeleine Drake of Fredericksburg; five children and spouses, William L. and Kat Drake of Lyons, Colo.; Roderick Drake of Cheyenne, Wyo.; Valerie and Gerald Albert and children Madeleine and Gerald of Wichita, Kan.; Pamela and David Cantu and children Lea and Emma of Fredericksburg, Texas; Jonathan and Veronica Drake and children Brandon and Bryan of Dallas; brother, Murray and Jeannie Drake of Wilmington, N.C.; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 29 in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home, with interment following the services at Greenwood Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Texas. Rev. Allen Matthies officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Hill Country Hospice, or the Good Samaritan Clinic in Fredericksburg, Texas, or the charity of your choice.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 10, 2013