William Eubank Drake

November 9, 1947March 10, 2020

“Bill” Drake, age 72, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020 in the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Ivie, Minister of North 5th and Grape Street Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Elliott Hamil Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 PM on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be David Robinson, Damon Drake, Harry Root, Paul Drake, Anakin Drake, and Justice Drake.

“Bill” was born on November 9, 1947 in Bryan, Texas to William Henry and Armeda Pauline (Eubank) Drake. He was an outgoing and active teenager, and his 1966 yearbook reflected that he was Mr. Abilene High School, President of the Student Council, President of the National Honor Society, and went to the National Tournament in Dramatic Interpretation.

A simple man, Bill enjoyed motorcycles and going places, and often considered himself a wanderer. He spent quite a bit of time in Arizona, and loved his time there with indigenous people as they had a tremendous impact on his life and way of thinking. He had an original mind and an original way of seeing things, loved simplicity, and was a free-spirit. A pure being in heart, mind and spirit, he loved people and animals and would do whatever he could to help others.

Bill was a hard worker and a very talented and artistic person, having painted or created the logos for several businesses. He loved to paint, was very independent, and was very talented and artistic. Above all else, he was a loving and dutiful servant and son to his mother, Polly, and to people and animals he had crossed paths with over his lifetime.

He was preceded in death by his father, and by his brother Kirby Smith.

Survivors include his mother Polly Smith; son Damon Drake and wife Kristi; brother Paul Drake and wife Viki; grandchildren Justice Drake and Anakin Drake; great-grandchild Daizy Gregg; and several extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local Animal Shelter.


  • David Robinson
  • Damon Drake
  • Harry Root
  • Paul Drake
  • Anakin Drake
  • Justice Drake


  • Visitation Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Interment Monday, March 16, 2020


William Eubank Drake

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Mark McHan

March 14, 2020

I met Bill in the early 70’s and were initially coworkers. He was the most funny and entertaining person I had ever met. We drifted ways but always seemed to cross paths now and then. God’s speed Bill.

Candy Balch Dye

March 14, 2020

I'm so Sorry. I have many fond childhood memories from Westview of Bill ...He will be missed.

Jan Nichols Batts

March 13, 2020

Bill never had anything but friends for as long as I knew him. He was warm, talented, special. I always thought a lot of him and respected him. He was a gentleman and a fine person. We are less for his passing.

Sam Burns

March 12, 2020

He gave of himself sharing his skill, knowledge, and time with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Life was made better by Bill.

Marsha Carter

March 12, 2020

He was always there to do whatever was needed. He fed animals bc someone was gone. He cared for and chauffered kids. He could be counted on to help when disaster hit. When I think of Bill, I think of his laugh, his ability to just take life as it came, and his always being available to help. He will be greatly missed.