Calvin Levi Drake was born Nov. 22, 1922 in Rockwood, Coleman County, to Silas G. Drake and Bernice Stobaugh Drake. He passed away on Feb. 5, 2019 at his daughter, Barbara's home in Midlothian, surrounded by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June Cawyer Drake; his parents; and infant sister. He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Drake, Ann Beall and husband Roger; grandchildren, Kim Brown and husband Aaron, Heather Fuller and husband Aaron, and Brandy Beall. He has left behind six great-grandchildren, Ava, Gretchen, and Benjamin Brown, Madison and Jaycee Fuller, and Jennifer Billings.
He attended Chapel Hill Elementary School in Brown County and Brownwood Junior High in Brownwood. He graduated from Lorenzo High School in 1940. He grew up on a farm in Brown County and lived during the depression years helping his dad on the farm. As an adult he farmed his father's land for five years after his father's death. During WWII he moved to Dallas and worked at Hensley Field in the Post Engineers Office. He later met June Cawyer of Brownwood and they were married on April 8, 1948. They started a family by adopting two infant girls in 1955 and 1958, Ann and Barbara, raising them on a strong godly foundation. They lived a modest and happy life in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas where they were hard workers in the church, spending much of their time entertaining friends from church, and one of their passions, traveling throughout the states and abroad. Calvin retired from Romco Equipment Company in Dallas at age 65 and he and June continued to travel. In their retirement years they also raised their granddaughter, Kim. Calvin also found much interest in old steam engine trains, war history, fighter war planes and enjoyed reading and collecting train and plane books. He also enjoyed traveling the country back roads of Texas. After his retirement, he suffered a stroke in 1991 which left him an invalid for the remainder of his life. Though restricted physically, he was never one to complain and continued to enjoy life, church, and travel. He was well taken care of by his devoted wife June until she passed away over three years ago.
He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and was active as a deacon and church accountant. He was a member of the Cedar Hill Church of Christ at the time of his death. Calvin was a devoted Christian and family man all his life and dedicated his life to God. He was an inspiration to all who met him, a kind and compassionate man, quiet and slow to anger, and showed much love, respect, and dignity to others. He was loved and admired by many.
After a long journey here on Earth at age 96, he now has the blessed assurance of earning his heavenly reward and the angels are now rejoicing. He suffered in his end days and he has now found the peace that passes all understanding and God's promise has been fulfilled for his faithful, hard working servant.
Graveside service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Cedar Point Cemetery, 6800 County Road 234, Brownwood, TX 76801. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 at Jaynes Memorial Chapel, 811 S. Cockrell Hill Road, Duncanville, TX 75137.