The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


January 17, 2014

Norman E. Drake

NEOSHO, Mo. — Norman E. Drake, 78, Neosho, Mo., died Jan. 15, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, following a sudden illness.

Norman was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Goodman, Mo., and was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Neosho High School where he was active in FFA. He was a crop and cattle farmer and had baled hay all across the Newton County area. Norman was a former school board member of Westview School; he had served as President of the Spring River Pulling Association, which raised funds for scholarships for high school seniors to attend Crowder College. He was a follower of Jesus Christ and a member of Bethany Baptist Church, where he had served as Sunday School Superintendent and taught Senior Adult Men's Sunday School Class.

Norman and Margie Hoover were married on Dec. 25, 1955, at Neosho, and she survives of the home.

Other survivors include three children, Roger Drake, Neosho, Randy Drake and wife, Jenny Sue, Neosho, and Dee Anne Allen and husband, Dave, Seneca; five grandchildren, Melissa Abercrombie, Rick Allen, Reeta Taylor, Elizabeth Drake and Alan Drake; and four great-grandchildren, Brianna, Morissalynn and Jordan Allen and Ashlyn Taylor; two brothers, Max Drake and wife, Sandy, Neosho, and Don Drake and wife, Beth, Seneca. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Reeta (Christerson) Drake; a sister, Reeta Marie Drake; and a brother, Ernest Junior Drake.

Services will be Monday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel of Memories, Pastor Raymon Merriman will officiate. Interment will be in the New Salem Cemetery. Friends may call at the Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. and the family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions in memory of Norman may be made to Spring River Pulling Association for Scholarships in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

Services under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.

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