I felt that I had to write something.
I’m okay but not really okay, so here’s what I have: On May 31 my dad suffered a massive stroke, rendering him completely unresponsive. The blood on his brain never faded despite the doctors best efforts to drain it and it was determined that he was gone.
Per his wishes, we have to make that decision to let him go home; On June 5th I lost my dad.
So that’s where I’ve been lately.
The family is holding up as best as we can but to say this is life adjustment is an understatement. My dad was the strongest, most caring and selfless person in the world.
The only positive to this whole situation is that he’s able to dance with my mother, who we lost in 2014, again.
This isn’t me typing with tears in my eyes or looking for sympathy, though. In my dad’s last few years he made it a point to live with purpose. To explore more, help many people, spend time with family and just do YOU.
Doing him was going to church on the regular and keeping busy. Though he should have sat down every once in a while and rested, I know keeping busy and following his beliefs was his way of doing him. Nobody’s life is perfect but that is okay as long as you are pursuing personal happiness which is PERFECTLY — fine.
So Dad… that’s what we’re going to do. Personal happiness is on deck. Living life to the absolute fullest is on deck… by LIVING our happiness; I believe that’s the best way to pay tribute to my dad. Cause all he ever wanted was for us, his family, to be happy.
I’m happy to oblige.
So we’re going to book that epic vacation in the fall.
We’re going to hit that music festival.
We’re going to make you a grandbaby, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.
Though you’re not here physically, we’re taking you and Mom along on all these journeys.
Thanks Daddy… I love you.
“See you when I see you.” – My dad’s favorite salutation.
Lloyd Anthony Drake, lovingly known as “Tony”, a resident of Las Vegas, NV died on June 5th, 2017 at the age of 62 years old, at St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus.
He is survived by his wife Modenia Drake; his mother, Beverly Drake; his stepmother, Sylvia Drake; his son Terrell Drake and his wife Marlene; son Show’Chi Drake and his wife Amber; stepson Jonathan Black and his wife Chella; stepson Randall Black; stepson Shawn Mundy and his wife Amy; grandchildren, Ron, Dexter and Ramsey Drake; Raedeen Calloway; Lilli Black; Ashland Morae; Nya Drake; Alayzia Ramos; great-granddaughter, Roxy Calloway; his sisters Denise, Myrna, Ava & Avis Drake; brother in law Alvin Ferris and his wife Elaine. He is also survived by significant families, the Lytles; the Tatums; the Winds; the Jacksons; the Smiths and the Carr family. He is predeceased by wife Rhonda Drake and his father, Lloyd W. Drake of Chicago, Illinois.
Tony was born in Wichita, Kansas on January 11, 1955 and raised in Chicago, Illinois where he met and married high school sweetheart, Rhonda Lytle. In November 1976 and July 1979 they welcomed their two sons, Terrell and Show’Chi (formerly Wesley) respectively. He moved his family from Chicago to Las Vegas in 1981.
In February 2015, he married Modenia Black of Las Vegas by way of Richmond, Kentucky. Bound by love and their faith and devotion to our Lord and Savior, Modenia and Lloyd were always active within the church and the community.
As a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 357), Tony was a professional electrician by trade for over 40 years, retiring from full time work in 2014. He was also skilled at several other vocations in construction, landscaping, plumbing, irrigation and general handy work. Of lesser-known note, Tony was also wonderful hairdresser and a brilliant grill master. Despite all of his multiple talents in the workforce, he prided himself the absolute most at being a dedicated Christian and family man extraordinaire.
Lloyd Anthony Drake will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.