William Drake

William Earl Drake

Monday, March 26th, 1951 - Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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William E. Drake, 69, of Benton Harbor, MI, passed away at his home on Sunday – Sept. 20, 2020. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home – 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, MI.

William was born on March 26, 1951 in Winona, Mississippi to the late Jessie and Anna (McAdory) Drake. He was a graduate of Ferris State University and a member of the Fraternity Omega Psi Phi. William loved fishing, gardening, drawing, painting and tinkering by rebuilding computers. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

William is survived by his wife (whom he married on Nov. 6, 2015) Ramona; his children – Tomecca Thompson of St. Joseph, Awani (Jason) Jones of South Bend, and Keenen Thompson of Benton Harbor; step-children – Heather Caid of St. Joseph, Jeremy Burkett of Stevensville and Andy Burkett of Stuart, FL; six grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; sisters – Minerva Lassie, Dorothy Ferguson, Genette Byrd, Diane (Raymond) Walker and Kathryn Kraft; and a brother – -Edward Drake. He is preceded in death by a daughter – Rashunda Thompson and seven brothers.

Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday – Sept. 25, 11:00am, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church – 555 Delaware St, Benton Harbor, MI, with Father James Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Visitation precedes the service from 10:00am-11:00am at the church. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church - Benton Harbor
    555 E. Delaware
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Sunday, September 20th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Bernard's Catholic Church - Benton Harbor
    555 E. Delaware
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Crystal Springs Cemetery
    1655 E. Napier Ave.
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022
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Cathy DeRidder

Posted at 05:29pm
I am so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. We both started working at DHS around 1980 and our paths crossed many times. Bill was very good at his job and was a joy to be around. Mona, I always thought you and Bill had a special relationship. Just know that all of us share in your sorrow. Cathy DeRidder

Sheryl Annette Johnson

Posted at 05:09pm
To The Family of Mr. William E. Drake. I was so saddened to hear about Bill's passing. I met him in 1989 when I began at MDHHS. He was very professional and compassionate and always went beyond the call of duty to get things done. I can remember many a time when he worked after 5 PM in order to get things done! Mona, I remember when you and Bill would take those breaks and I thought that was the most beautiful blossoming relationship! He will be surely missed and I know that GOD is with you. I like you became a widow two years ago, but time does help (a little). I wish you and Bill's other family comfort, peace and remember the fond memories! Peace.

Mrs. Sheryl A. Johnson, Dowagiac, MI

Juanita Brown (Jones)

Posted at 12:51pm
To the family of Mr. William Earl Drake, I'm so sorry to read about your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. The Bible says that God will do away with everything that cause us pain and suffering. (Revelation 21:4)

Rosetta Mathison Adams

Posted at 08:15pm
My CONDOLENCES To My Family,Cuz Always Had A Beautiful Smile. He Will Never Be Forgotten ❤

Darcy Gunkel

Posted at 07:14pm
Bill Drake was a very kind, compassionate, and caring individual. Not only did he help the community but also all of the caseworkers that relied on him for direction. God Bless you. My prayers are with you and your family Sincerely, Darcy Gunkel.

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