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Loris Millard Drake, 78

Loris Millard Drake, 78

Mr. Loris Millard Drake, age 78, of Hendersonville died Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at his home. He was born February 5th, 1938 in Avoca, NY; a son of the late, Millard O. Drake and Velma A. Towner Drake. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Erwin Drake.

Mr. Drake graduated from Naples High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1957 until 1959. Following his graduation and military service, he was employed as a production manager. He enjoyed gardening, wood working and music. He served as the neighborhood handy man and the family craftsman. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville and a member of the Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy Eileen Drake; children, Eddie Drake (Katrina) of Hobe Sound, FL, Lorrie White (Ted) of Walland, TN Timothy Drake (Debra) of Avon, NY, Andrew Drake (Maggie) of Naples, NY, Wayne Gerould of Greenville, SC; and Pamela Gerould of Travelers Rest, SC; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Drake (Norma) of Canandaigua, NY; and by one sister, Beverly Porter of Naples, NY .

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park officiated by the Reverend Christy Sharp. Military honors will be conducted by the North Carolina National Guard and the Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post #5206.

A memorial service will follow the graveside service at 12 noon at the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville officiated by the Reverend Christy Sharp.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Loris’ memory may be directed to the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, 204 Sixth Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.