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Drake, Gary Don

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June 24, 1951 - September 28, 2014

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.

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Jim Drake

January 02, 2015 11:11PM

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

Jim Pieper

October 09, 2014 1:45PM

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

Johnny Byrne

October 09, 2014 12:19PM

No better man than Gary.
God Rest

Ashlee Meints

October 03, 2014 2:59PM

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.

Jim Glynn

October 02, 2014 11:48AM

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

Redd Cannon

October 02, 2014 11:12AM

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

Gabriel and Briana Saenz

October 01, 2014 7:22PM

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.

Armida Martinez

October 01, 2014 6:18PM

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.

Tracy Weston

October 01, 2014 5:21PM

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.

Cathy Forbes

October 01, 2014 1:50PM

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.

Steve Mainord

October 01, 2014 12:35PM

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.

Erin McCoy

October 01, 2014 10:12AM

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.

Teresa Estrada

October 01, 2014 10:04AM

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.

Tom Weeks

October 01, 2014 9:52AM

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

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