Samuel Thomas Drake, Sr., passed away on Sept. 9, 2017, at the age of 93.
He was born at home in Springfield, Tenn., on June 20, 1924 to parents Riley and Nell York Drake. He attended Flewellynn Elementary School and Cedar Hill High School before enlisting in the Air Force. Mr. Drake served as a sergeant during World War II. He worked for the Baptist Sunday School Board for over 25 years before retiring in 1997.
Mr. Drake was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Virginia Drake; brother, Charles Vincent Drake and granddaughter, Kathyrn “Katy” Virginia S. Mason. He is survived by his son, Thomas Samuel Drake, Jr.; daughter, Betty Wayland Mason and husband Bruce; grandson, Houston Reid Wayland and
sister, Mary Gladius Drake Davis.
To honor his life, the Rev. Cherie Parker will conduct a service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Hillcrest United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, 1310 Franklin Rd., Brentwood, TN 37027. An online guestbook is available at AustinFuneralService.com 615-377- 07750