Raymond T. Drake

October 28, 1946 - October 7, 2013
Raymond T. Drake

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Raymond T. Drake, 66, of Hendersonville, passed away Monday, October 7, at his home. A native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, he was a son of the late Harley B. and Anna Nelson Drake. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Juanita Inman, Barbara Nelon, Mary Lee Gordon and Brenda Louise Drake; and two brothers, Tommy and Gene Drake.

He was a 1966 graduate of East Henderson High School and was called to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1967. He was the Assistant Director of the Hendersonville City Public Works Department, retiring after 30 years of service. He was an avid gardener who loved drag racing, old western and Elvis movies. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Mr. Drake is survived by his beloved wife of 42 ? years, Brenda Ledbetter Drake; two daughters, Alicia Danyel Cummings of Flat Rock and Soncha Mahoney of Hendersonville; granddaughter, Kianna-Rae Cummings of Flat Rock; 5 brothers, Lewis Elmer Drake, Larry Drake, Gary Drake, Allen Drake, all of Hendersonville and Harold Drake of Penrose; two sisters, JoAnne Justice and Karen Fowler, both of Hendersonville and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held 2:00 PM Friday, October 11, at Fairhaven Baptist church. Rev. Ansel Pace, Rev. Chris Norris and Mr. James Justice will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park with military honors rendered by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post 77, Hedrick-Rhodes Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5206, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 14. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 2:00 pm Friday at Fairhaven Baptist Church.

The family offers heartfelt thanks to the Henderson County Sheriffís Dept., EMS and Rescue Squad for their efforts.

Memorial contributions may be made to CarePartners Foundation, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.


Friday, October 11, 2013
12:00 AM

Fair Haven Baptist Church - Directions
27 Eisenhower Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • October 09, 2013
    Melisaa Hudgins says:
    You are a Great person I have so many fond memories of you. One of those memories being when the car I was driving wouldn't start and you came to the high school and got it started for me my dad was deer hunting. There are so many other times as a family that we were together doing family activities. Just wanted to tell you that I'm sad that you had to leave us but God needed you more than we did. But one thing for sure I know that I will see you again one day. Love you

  • October 09, 2013
    Melissa says:
    So sorry for the loss in the family. Sending prayers to the family

  • October 09, 2013
    Melissa Hudgins (Sissy) says:
    So sorry for the loss in the family. Sending prayers to the family

  • October 10, 2013
    elizabeth fowler rockwood says:
    uncle raymond.you will be missed,but not forgotten.my heart goes out.to my aunt and my cousins.and the rest of my family.you will all ways be in our hearts.lord must of wanted a good man.to sit right beside him.and yes got him a very good man.thank you for all the good times.that we all share with you.to my family please keep your head up.know that he will still be with us.looking down.and i will see you again.tell nanny and papa,and the rest of the family up in heaven.we said hello.and we love them.to my family.im sorry i can not be there.just know that i love you all.

  • October 10, 2013