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J Madison Drake 1949 - 2014

J Madison Drake

Wednesday, February 05, 2014
I knew Jay for over 45 years. We were Highty Tighty classmates at Virginia Tech. Never once do I remember seeing him without a smile on his face. He's gone way too soon ... May our Gracious Lord grant him rest from his earthly labors and comfort to those left behind.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Marlane,
Please accept my sincere sympathy regarding the loss of your husand, J.M. Drake. I worked with J.M. at the Department of Energy for many years. He was an outstanding person, and he will be missed.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Jay always exemplified the character, demeanor, ethics, and pride that were instilled in everyone of us that is the outfit known as Band 71. We marched, sweated, cried, but most of all, laughed together. Our hearts beat as one during this sorrowful and also joyous time. We celebrate the man, Jay Drake, and remember his legacy. Once a Highty Tighty, always a Highty Tighty. May God bless you Marlane during this trying time. Love, Joe and Lynne Yates
Salem, Virginia
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
As a classmate in the VA Tech Highty Tighties, we share fond memories of Jay's smile and saxophone -- reflecting upon the trials and tribulations we endured as a group together. May Jay Rest in Peace forever.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
JM Drake was: first of all a long term friend, but also a past work colleague. I first met and hired him at the DOE's Strategic Petroleum Reserve as a Quality Engineer because of his incredible/awesome engineering credentials in the early 90's. He was and is the most dedicated person to the engineering field I have ever met. He also had compassion as he tutored minority high school students. Although being flooded twice in New Orleans East, he took the problems in stride. His passing was a shock as he led an active vibrant life. My prayers will continue for Marlane as I can offer empathy, but can't fully comprehend the grief of loosing a spouse. God bless JM and Marlane.
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