Celebrating the life of Ethel Mae Drake Outlaw
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Mother Ethel Mae Drake Outlaw
A limb has fallen from our tree. I keep hearing a voice that says, grieve not for me. Remember the best times, the laughter and the song. I’m counting on you to keep smiling and the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease and my soul is at rest; and remembering all, how I was truly blessed.
Death is just a detour along life’s wind way that leads Gods children to a bright and glorious day. The book of life opened for Ethel Mae Outlaw, she was born to the late Lizze and Major Drake, Sr. On January 16, 1933. in Uniontown, AL.
At an early age she accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour. She joined the new Jerusalem Church of God under the pastor ship of Elder Hansberry.
She was welled loved by family and friends. On the day of November 21, 2015 Ethel heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come to me all ye that labor are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
She leaves to cherish her memories and great expectations of meeting her again are: a devoted and beloved husband of sixty-three years, George Outlaw; her children - four daughters, Barbara Brown, Vernessa Saxton, Sharon Lazenby and Angela Outlaw all of Brooksville, FL; four sons, James Benford (Brenda) of Spring Hill, FL, Willie Outlaw, George Outlaw, Jr. and Johnathan Outlaw (Wanda) all of Brooksville, FL; two children preceded her in death, daughter, Ernestine Moore and son, James Henry Drake; 28 grandchildren, 23 of whom she helped raise, Octavia of Miami, FL, Corey of Ft. Lauderdale, Tina, Quanna of Tampa, FL, Banita of Delaware, Raynique of Ft. Myers, Anthony, Jamie, Desmond, Deirdra, Edward, Floyd, LaKeeva (Edwin), James, Jr., Devonta, Ja’Nica, Gary, Jr., Nivia, Cordell, Kary, Jr., Sha’Kari, Darius, Autum, G’Koby (whom she raised all of his life) and Jasmine all of Brooksville, FL; 7 God-children, Jimmy Drakton, Tammy Delaine, Michael Elliot, Cheryl Nelson, Reggie Hudson, Oscar Jones and Demetrius Mobley; 27 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Major Drake, Jr. (Sarah), James Hall all of Brooksville, FL, Clyde Jackson of Buffalo, NY; six sisters, Mammie Davis of Brooksville, FL, Willye Mobley, Katie Bryant both of Spring Hill, FL, Minnie Byde of Bessemor, AL; Daisy Morgan of Uniontown, AL and Emma Huggins of Sarasota, FL; one sister-in-law, Pearline Drake; one brother-in-law, Booker Byrd; special friends, Lina Bell and Beaulah Mae Lawson; a special spiritual friend, Elder Irene Wells and a host of favorite neices, nephews, cousins and friends.
She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Viewing: Friday, November 27, 2015 ~ 5pm to 7pm ~ New Jerusalem Church of God ~ 305 Armstrong Street ~ Brooksville, FL
Services: Saturday, November 28, 2015 ~ 1pm ~ Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church ~ 200 Mt. Fair Avenue ~ Brooksville, FL 34601
Pastor Matthew Everhard, Senior Pastor ~ Pastor Marvin Myers, Eulogist
Interment: Brooksville Cemetery ~ Brooksville, FL