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Earle C. Drake

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SPARTA - Earle C. Drake, 93, of Sparta, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at home.

Born in Plainfield, Mr. Drake lived in North Plainfield before moving to Sparta in 2003. He was a United States World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Drake was a retail sales manager for U.S. Gypsum Co. in Chicago, Ill., before his retirement.

A member of the Hydewood Park Baptist Church in North Plainfield, Mr. Drake was a lay preacher for Oakley Kimble Ministries in North Plainfield for 10 years and attended the Sparta Evangelical Free Church.

The son of the late Earle C. Drake Sr. and Sue (Wardell) Drake, Mr. Drake also was predeceased by a son, Jeremy E. Drake, in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Constance M. Drake; two sons, Timothy Drake and wife, Cheryl, of Sparta, and Emeline D. Wright of North Port, Fla.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services and interment are private and under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sparta Evangelical Free Church, 429 Lafayette Road, Sparta, NJ 07871. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 23, 2014
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