January 7, 1957 ~ April 30, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

John “Johnny” Timothy Drake, 62, of Arden, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.

Born in Buncombe County and raised in Hooper’s Creek, he was a son of the late John and Bell Baker Drake.

Johnny retired from Borg Warner in 2004 and had a passion for hunting, fishing and serving the Lord. He fought the good fight and kept the faith. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 42 years, Linda Fowler Drake; three sons, Philip Drake (Jenny) of Mills River, Nathaniel Drake (Holly) of Hooper’s Creek and Joshua Drake of Arden; Lisa Hensley (Ted), who was like a daughter to Johnny of Arden; two sisters, Judy Wilkie and Dollie Lewis, both of Hooper’s Creek; five grandchildren, Amber, Ashley, Emily, Kylie and Ryan as well as one niece and three nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Fletcher First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hooper’s Creek Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian.


Funeral Service: May 3, 2019 1:00 pm

Fletcher First Baptist Church
5 Cane Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

687 1031


Hoopers Creek Baptist Church
Hoopers Creek Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

828 684-1279

Visitation: May 2, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. To all of Johnny Drake’s Family,
    I was saddened to hear about Johnny’s passing and have spent the last few hours thinking about all the wonderful memories I have that he’s a part of and they’re too many to count. Praying for each and every one of you in this time of loss that God give you strength, comfort,and Grace. His Grace is always sufficient for our needs.

  2. May his family be blessed with the comfort you need now and may you gain strength from your precious memories. The loss of a loved one is a heavy burden to bear, but special memories can help us to cope. May the God of comfort, Jehovah, help you to hold fast to the words of Jesus Christ at John 5:28, 29…what a marvelous time this will be! We can have our dear loved ones back in our arms at that grand reunion. Please accept my condolences.

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