Billie Russell Drake, 84, passed away March 22, 2015. A memorial service with Masonic Rites will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in the chapel at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall St., Shreveport. Visitation will follow the service.
Billie was born to Delna Russell “Cowboy” Drake and Willie Moffett Drake, Nov. 20, 1930, in Minden.
He graduated from Minden High School and attended Centenary College. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. Billie was a comptroller for various businesses in Shreveport. He was a 32nd Degree FreeMason, Past Master of Sunset Masonic Lodge; York Rite; Scottish Rite and El Karubah Shriners. Billie was also active in the Dyslexia Organization with the Free Masons.
Preceding Billie in death were his parents; his wife, Bess Ann Maness Drake; brother, Charles Edward “Bo” Drake and wife, Patsy Kleinegger Drake; sisters, Mary Frances O’Rear, Myrtie Jo Elkins, Wimpy Coleman; and grandson, Jeremy Temple.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Deanne Drake Miller and husband, Dennis and Rita Drake Temple and husband, Cleat; son, Mark Russell Drake; his sister, Anita O’Rear; and daughter, Patsy Starling; his grandchildren, Jeremy Houston and wife, Traci, Russell Houston, Dustin Houston, Christopher Temple, Dustin Temple and Shelby Temple; great-grandchildren, Tommy Houston and Amy Temple; and numerous nieces and nephews.