East Funeral Home

2807 Moores Ln, Texarkana, TX


James Madison Drake Jr.

January 30, 1944March 25, 2020

James Madison Drake, Jr. January 30, 1944 - March 25, 2020

James Madison Drake, Jr., departed this life on March 25, 2020 at the age of 76. He was born to Grace Henson Drake and James Madison Drake, Sr. on January 30, 1944. James attended and graduated from Bradley High School at Bradley, Arkansas. He graduated with a BSE and MSE from Henderson State University at Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

In the summer of 1963 at Henderson, he met Sharon Sue Sharp, who became his wife on November 27, 1963. They were married for 56 years.

James' first teaching position was January - June 1966 at Mt. Pine Arkansas. He then went to Bismarck, Arkansas as head teacher at New DeRoche for 3 years. He and Sharon moved to Texarkana in 1969 where he became Principal of Union Elementary until 1973. James served as Vice Principal at Texarkana Arkansas High School from 1974-1976. He taught one year at College Hill Junior High and then returned to Arkansas High for 3 years as Principal from 1977-1980. The following three years were spent at Liberty Eylau High School as Principal.

Next, he was bitten by the personal computer bug and owned Victor Computers for two years. IBM then took over business personal computers, and he returned to teaching the Adult Education GED Program in Texarkana, Arkansas for the next seventeen years, retiring in 2004 with health issues.

James was active in Boy Scouts of America, where he earned the rank of Life Scout before his troop disbanded. He also earned brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow. As an adult, he served as Scout Master for Troop 86. He attended the National Jamboree in 1960.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Sharon, his daughter, Andrea Drake Stephan of Rockdale, Texas, and son, Stuart Brian Drake of Texarkana. His three grandchildren, Alexander Lee Drake, Victoria Caroline Drake and Elizabeth Marie Drake are of Hartwell, Georgia.

Open come and go visitation will be Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane.

Graveside funeral service will be 10 A.M. Friday, March 27, 2020 at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Bradley, AR.

Condolences may be left at www.eastfuneralhomes.com


  • Sharon Drake, Wife
  • Andrea Drake Stephan, Daughter
  • Stuart Brian Drake, Son
  • Alexander Lee Drake, Victoria Caroline Drake and Elizabeth Marie Drake, Grandchildren


  • Visitation-Come and Go Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Graveside Funeral Service Friday, March 27, 2020


James Madison Drake Jr.

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Paul and Pat Bond

April 3, 2020

We send our send our sympathy and prayers for your comfort.

Helen Todd

March 31, 2020


So sorry to hear of James passing. I’m sorry that I didn’t find out in time to come for his visitation. This is without a doubt the strangest
thing we have seen in our lives. I pray that you and your family are well and know that family and friends are grieving with you even if we can’t come give you a hug in person.

Love you


Rita Pate

March 31, 2020

So sorry for your loss, James was a sweet guy.
Prayers for your family, God be with you all.

Torrie Drewery Grelle

March 29, 2020

Mr. Drake was my principle throughout my elementary school years 1-5 at Union Elementary. He was such a kind hearted man. I have many fond memories of Mr. Drake. I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace for your family during this sad time.

Maryann Fricks

March 28, 2020

I am so sorry for your family's loss. Mr. Drake was the first principal with whom I worked when I began teaching at AHS. He was kind,patient,and supportive. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with him. His work in education helped improve our community. " Well done, good and faithful servant."

Maryann Fricks

martha howard

March 27, 2020

James was my principal for several years at Arkansas High School.
He was a very effective educator and a valued friend.
I am saddened to learn of his death and am thinking of Sharon
and the rest of his family at this time . May the Lord be with you.

Martha Howard

James Works

March 26, 2020

James was my neighbor and friend when we were both growing up in Bradley. After he left for college, we were not in contact until my wife and I moved to Texarkana where James and I connected again. I remember my brother Bob, James, and I shooting fireworks in the driveway of our home at Christmas, New Years, and on the 4th of July and riding bikes together on the busy streets of Bradley. We had good times in his family's store in downtown Bradley and were in the same Scout troop at Walnut Hill. My thoughts are with his family as they remember the wonderful times they spent with him.

Scarlett Cizek

March 26, 2020

I saw Mr. Drake throughout my school life; from elementary to high school. I thought he would follow me to college and that would have been ok with me! He was a fair but stern man. It was obvious he wanted to be a good educator and steer his pupils in the right direction. I definitely got (and earned) my share of licks from him 😉. I have never forgotten him and the things I learned from him. Thank you Mr. Drake for all you did for me and all of us. I hope you knew how valued you were.

Scarlett Arnold Cizek

Jenn Warren

March 26, 2020

Andrea, my only advice is to hold tight to your best memories. Scream if you must, cry because it releases stress & smile often because yours brighten the room. All My love, thoughts and prayers are with your family and you at this time.

Larry Harris

March 26, 2020

Stuart and Family, so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He and I go back to my days at the bank when he wrote many programs for me to help me do some reports. He always was there when I needed him for anything or to answer a question I had. Although I have not seen him in several years I will always remember the time that I spent with him. He will be missed for sure!