June 17, 2016
GULFPORT — Cherry Lena Drake, 98, died June 9, 2016. Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Springhill MB Church in Starkville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is today from 2-7 p.m. at West Memorial Funeral Home in Starkville. She is survived by her sons, James Williams of St. Louis and Herman Drake of Germany; daughters, Gladys Elliott and Priscilla Stevenson of Gulfport; sisters, Ozzie Waire of Detroit and Inez Jackson of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.