|Carolyn Redding Drake, daughter of Henry C. Redding and Elizabeth Brown Redding was born January 25, 1895, in Lumpken, Georgia, and died April 5, 1986, in Magnolia, Mississippi. She was married to the late Rev. Edward Plummet Drake and served several churches with him in Georgia before transferring to the Louisiana Annual Conference. They came to Louisiana in 1939, and Mrs. Drake presided over parsonage homes in Columbia, Jennings, Clinton, Algiers, Franklin, Abbeville, Shreveport at Morningside, and Gueydan before her husband retired. After they had retired, they served the Monterrey and Star Churches in Mississippi for three years. The Drakes moved to Magnolia, Mississippi where he died on April 17, 1980. A son, Commander Edward P. Drake, Jr., also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Drake is survived by one son, Dr. Robert E. Drake of Orlando, FL, two daughters, Mrs. Carolyn W. Hines of Vicksburg, MS and Mrs. Gwendolyn Hiett of Magnolia, MS; one brother, McNeal Redding of West Palm Beach, FL; four sisters, Laura R. Shingler of Atlanta, GA., Louise R. I Birmingham, AL, Mary R. Stinebaugh of Crystal City, TX, and Trixie R. Blackstone of LaPort, TX; and 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services for Mrs. Drake were held from the Chapel of Hartman Funeral Home of McComb with Rev. David McIntosh and Patrick Dunn officiating. Her body was laid to rest in Hollywood Cemetery.
“Servant of God well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1986; p. 275-276 By Eskel L. Tatum|