Drake, Gary Don


Gary Don Drake, born June 24th, 1951, born to Arvil and Jo Drake in Ft. Worth, Texas, passed from this life into the presence of Jesus on September 27th, 2014.

He is preceded into death by his father and mother and survived by his wife of 43 years, Gail Patricia Drake; his eldest daughter Tisha Hirsch along with her son Drake and stepson Brayden; his son Cory; his daughter Holli and husband Jeff Kitchen and their daughter Addy and son William (Willy Boy). Also surviving is his sister Carolyn Pitts and her 3 children Jason Pitts; Jill Blanchard; Julie Goldston; and her 5 grandchildren.
Gary served many roles in his church and recently served as Elder for 3 years at Bridgeway. His love for Bridgeway and the people was ongoing. He was just beginning his ministry in missions.

Gary is greatly remembered as the Rock of the family with his kind and patient heart. If anyone needed anything, he was always there. He was quiet in nature but very outgoing. At all the family gatherings his prayers touched everyone and a role model for all of us. He was always everyone’s best friend. He will truly be missed.

In honor of his life and ministry work, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts and financial contributions be made to Bridgeway Church Missions and Caney Cemetery Association, PO Box 337, Brashear, TX 75420-0337.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at Bridgeway Church.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Bridgeway Church. Interment will be following the services at 4:00 p.m. at Caney Cemetery.

14 replies on “Drake, Gary Don”

Tom Weeks says:

I feel I am a better human being for knowing Gary he was the greatest example in kindness and honesty .

Teresa Estrada says:

My deepest sympathy goes to Gary’s family. Gary is one of the kindest men I have ever met. We were colleagues through AHI and Campbell. Gary and I shared the importance of customer service and he was absolutely the best at it. I will miss his greeting of “Hey girl, how ya doin?”. I will, as man, miss him tremendously! May God watch over his family and help them through this sad and difficult time.

Erin McCoy says:

Gary had a heart unlike any other. His love for Christ and people were unmatched. Just knowing him and being in his presence was a blessing. God Speed Gary. You will be greatly missed.

Steve Mainord says:

Gary was a neighbor and great friend as we grew up in Greenville. He was like a family member to us. I know he will be greatly missed, but he will also be greatly remembered.

Cathy Forbes says:

Gary was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face. He came to our office weekly and went down the hall saying hello and good morning on his way in to everyone and good bye as he left. We will miss him so much. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.

Tracy Weston says:

I will always be grateful for the time I got to spend working for Gary. He was kindhearted, compassionate and an amazing mentor. My prayers are with his family and friends at this time and he will be forever missed, but never forgotten.

Armida Martinez says:

My heart felt condolences to the Drake family. Gary was our salesman from Campbell Paper, salesman is a light term, he was more like my bestfriend. Tuesdays were always easier knowing that I would see him on Wednesday. He always spoke so highly of his wife and grandson Drake and was eager to talk about the latest boyscout meeting or church function. It was so natural for him to give a smile or a word of encouragement. The world had lost an amazing Man. He will truly be missed.

Gabriel and Briana Saenz says:

Gary was truly a great man. Always so full of energy and willing to always go above and beyond. We will miss him and pray that the lord be with his family. God Speed.

Redd Cannon says:

Gary is with his Lord and Savior now. He will be missed. He and I have worked together via phone for many years but never had the opportunity to meet face to face. You will be missed buddy

Jim Glynn says:

What a Wonderful Human Being Gary Was. I will miss him. My Deepest sympathies to Gail and his family.

Ashlee Meints says:

Gary was a remarkable human being will be be greatly missed. I am honored to have known him. I will pray for his family in this difficult time. He was a true Gentleman.

Johnny Byrne says:

No better man than Gary.
God Rest

Jim Pieper says:

Gary was a true friend, a great co-worker and a Man of God. I will miss him.

Jim Drake says:

I’m so sad to learn of Gary’s passing. He was a great help to me in my quest to know about the Drake family as he had taken a trip back to the old Drake place in Alabama when he was younger. I could not have begun my quest for the Drake history without his help. I can’t help believe that he knew every loved one when he walked through the gate. I’ll miss him–but there’s a bigger Drake reunion coming. I’ll see him again.

Jim Drake (Snyder, Texas)
Weldon Drake’s son

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