She is survived by her son, Stanly Drake of Joplin, Mo.; son-in-law, James Briscoe of Lawrenceville, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Sue Drake of Arkansas; six grandchildren, Jack and Nicole Briscoe, Michelle and David McMillan, Chris and Angela Drake, Mike Drake, Stanly Owen Drake and Issac Drake; three great-grandchildren, Tessa McMillan, Caitlin McMillan and Hayden McMillan; other relatives; and a host of friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, O.C. Williams and Parrie Lee Caswell Williams; husband, Clarence Drake; daughter, Cay Briscoe; and a son, Steven Drake.
Mrs. Drake was born on Jan. 20, 1919, in Carroll County, Ga. She was a 1939 graduate of Tyus High School and was a World War II veteran of the U. S. Army and attended Bakers and Cooks School, 2nd WAAC Training Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her career was as a Retail Sales Clerk, and she finished working with Eckerd’s Drug Store in 1990 after 20 years of service. She enjoyed painting and went to Photography School on the GI Bill. She cherished the company of her family over the years and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew this wonderful lady.
The Service Celebrating the Life of Mrs. Drake will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Tom M. Wages Lawrenceville Chapel with Dr. Jeff Gongwer officiating and Military Honors rendered. A Graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. after the Chapel service at the Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery, 1539 Bethesda Church Rd., Carrollton, Ga. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 41 Perimeter Center E., Atlanta, GA 30346. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com.
Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, “A Family Company,” Lawrenceville Chapel 770-963-2411 has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Brenda Gresham, 64, of Bowdon, passed away peacefully at her residence on Oct. 29, 2012.
Ms. Gresham was born in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 12, 1948, to the late A. C. Cox and Inez parker.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Gresham was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Cox; her brother, James Cox; her grandson, Trey Osborne; and her nephews, Jimmy and Johnny Cox.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cindi and Ricky Lepard; her grandson, Michael Walls; her granddaughter and grandson-in-law Tamra and Josh Morrow; her niece, Tonya Cox; her nephew and niece-in-law, Donald and Liz Norman; and her grandchildren, Acelin morrow and Arianna Morrow.
Funeral services for Ms. Gresham will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Chapel of Rainwater Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Oct. 31, from noon until the funeral hour.
Messages of condolences may be sent to the family at www.rainwaterfuneralhome.com.
Rainwater Funeral Home of Bowdon is in charge of the arrangements.