1895 - April 17, 1980
|Reverend Edward Plummer Drake was born in the State of Georgia in the year 1895. He received his education in that state and served a number of local churches. He later became associated with Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia where he was head of recruiting and admissions.
In 1939, he transferred from the South Georgia Conference to the Louisiana Annual Conference. While in this Conference he served the following Churches: Columbia, Jennings First Church, Clinton, Algiers, Franklin, Abbeville, Gentilly, Morningside and Gueydan. He retired in 1966. After retiring, he moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where he served the Monterey and Star Churches for three years. He then moved to Magnolia, Mississippi and lived there some seven years before expiring on April 17, 1980. Funeral Services were conducted in the Magnolia United Methodist Church and interment was in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb, Mississippi.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Redding Drake of Magnolia, Mississippi; two sons: Edward P. Drake Jr., of San Francisco, California,and Dr. Robert E. Drake of Orlando, Florida; two daughters: Mrs. S. G. Hines Jr;, of Vicksburg and Mrs. Warren A. Hiatt of Magnolia, Mississippi.
Brother Drake will be remembered by his many friends as a churchman of dignity, dedication and loyalty to Jesus Christ. He was a true Southern gentleman and believed very strongly in the culture and values of the Old South. He continued to attend the sessions of the Louisiana Annual Conference as long as possible and maintained an active interest in the ministers and work in the conference.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1980, Pages 165, by R. Leonard Cooke|