Ridout's Gardendale Chapel

2029 Decatur Highway, Gardendale, AL


Kathleen A. Drake

May 28, 1932January 8, 2020

Linda Kathleen Allen Drake, 87, known as Polly by her family, was a loving wife and mother who went home to her Lord on January 8, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. Kathleen was born on May 28, 1932 in Belmont, Mississippi, to Burgess and Myrtie Allen. At age 13 the family moved to Collinsville, Alabama, where she met her future husband William (Bill) Drake, whom she married on October 21, 1950.

Kathleen enjoyed gardening, crafting, painting and socializing with her many friends from her church and around the country. She also looked forward to beach trips several times a year. Every Wednesday night for 15 years she planned and cooked supper for her congregation. She donated years of countless time and energy in support of the Emmaus Walk Ministry. Kathleen started the Kairos Outside Prison Ministry in Alabama and directed a ministry that mailed Bibles to prisoners in many states. She loved welcoming friends into her home, often to play dominoes and enjoy a home cooked meal.

Kathleen is survived by her husband of 69 years, Bill Drake, daughters: Lawanna Hand (Doug), Gwendolyn Sanders (Don); Sons: Brad Drake (Linda), Kealon Drake (Laura Leigh), grandchildren: Adam Drake, Matt Drake, Joshua Sanders (Mary Margaret), Stephen Sanders (Kelly), Eric Hand (Kathleen), Travis Hand, Julie Ann Hand, Elizabeth Anne Hines (Jared), Kealon Drake, Jr, Dalton Drake; great grandchildren: Kayden Sanders and Hallie Sanders. The family expresses gratitude to Michelle, her Hope Hospice nurse.

Service will be held on Sunday, January 12 , at Gracepoint Church on Mt. Olive Road with visitation from 12:30-2:30 pm and funeral service at 2:30. Burial at Oakwood Memorial Gardens following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Kairos Prison Ministry International.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridoutsgardendalechapel.com for the DRAKE family.


  • Celebration of Life Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Service Sunday, January 12, 2020


Kathleen A. Drake

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Tony Cousins

January 13, 2020

Ms.kathleen was my first sunday school teacher ,and life long friend. I remember her helping me with landscaping on both buildings ,cooking the good ol home made ,southern cooking. Putting a finger full of crisco, or as she would say lard in her favorite recipes. She was one of the greatest generations indeed. I will never forget her smiling face. Good un she was. And shurly in heaven ,enjoying her just reward for a life of service. Prayers for her family.
Tony c.

Fay and Don Mize

January 12, 2020

Dearest Drake Family, Our hearts are so heavy for you at this difficult time. Kathleen was such a precious person and we will forever be grateful for her kind, sweet spirit. All our Love and Prayers, Don and Fay Mize

Julie and Bud Henderson

January 10, 2020

Kathleen was one of the sweetest and most giving of any woman we have ever met. Her patience and devotion to and for all she met was unwavering and sincere, always. May she eternally rest in peace.