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Judge Ernest "Ernie" Gourrier Drake, Jr

Judge Ernest "Ernie" Gourrier Drake, Jr
  • January 9, 1948 - June 7, 2017
  • Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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“Judge Drake was one of the best I ever had the chance to work with as a Sheriff Deputy we usually met in the courthouse he always had or made the...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry Wooster - Livingston, LA

“They don't make them like him anymore. He will be sadly missed. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry Wooster - Livingston

“I worked with Ernie at Pierson, Drake & Scott many, many years ago and considered him a dear friend to the McKay family in Ponchatoula, LA. I met...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Wanda McKay - Seattle, WA

“We were saddened of the loss of cousin, "Ernie". Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. He was a very good man with life cut way too...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Chester and Jeannine Drake - MS

“Condolence goes to entire Drake family. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Larry Dotey, Jr - Ponchatoula, LA

“Sorry for the loss of a very good man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry Raiford - Ponchatoula, LA

“Linda, I was so very sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. He was a very special person and I will always remember our high school years together. ...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Linda (Stevens) Pardo - Friend

“Oh so sorry for your loss and the loss of a good long time friend. Our prayers are with you. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Gordon and Eloise Anderson

“Sending Prayers ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Amber Cutrer - Ponchatoula, LA

“Words cannot express how sorry I am. I will always have such fond memories of him. Praying for all of you. Sorry I cannot make services due to...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Patti Hilbun - Ponchatoula, LA

“So very sorry for the loss of a very kind man. my heart is so very sad for his family for the loss of there love one.Also a loss for our community...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Irv and Virginia Aucoin - LA

“I had Judge Drake as the Judge allotted to me case, I went before him in court while he was on the 21st bench. I can honestly say that Judge Drake...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: john smith - LA

“I'm so sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. He was a good and gentle man. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Deborah Lowry - Hammond, LA

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Judge Ernest "Ernie" Gourrier Drake, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Jefferson, Louisiana, at the age of 69. He was born on Friday, January 9, 1948 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Zelma Hoover Drake and Ernest G. Drake, Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and served on the 21st Judicial District Court and the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ernie is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Williamson Drake; daughter, Aliska Drake Fuller and her husband Todd; son, Ernest "Ernie" G. Drake, III and his wife Laura; sister, Maria Drake Ware and her husband Joe; his adoring grandchildren, Cameron and Brady Fuller, Thomas John "TJ", Gabriel and Sawyer Kate Drake; and niece, Anna Ware Brown, her husband Ryan and their daughter Charlotte.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Zelma Hoover Drake and Ernest G. Drake, Sr.; and sister, Charlotte Drake.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation in the chapel of Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, 100 West Magnolia Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 8:30 am until 10:40 am followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 255 North 8th Street, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454, at 11:00 am.

Interment will follow in Ponchatoula Cemetery, Ponchatoula, Louisiana.

A memorial gift may be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice Foundation, 1109 South Chestnut Street, Hammond, LA 70403 or online at Or please consider giving the gift of life by donating blood in Ernie's memory at any Ochsner Blood Donor Center.

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