​Drake William Jones

Drake William Jones, age 17, of Hazen, Arkansas, was called home on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Drake was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  Drake had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Drake was a Junior at Hazen High School.  He was an honor student who participated in football, baseball, track, quiz bowl, art club, FBLA and many more.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He just loved being outdoors in general and he loved his animals.

Drake never met a stranger.  He had the most infectious smile and laugh and the most beautiful eyes.  He could light up a room.  Drake was always so conscientious and considerate of others.  He was always curious and inquisitive.  He had so much enthusiasm and strived for perfection in everything he did.  He was full of life and he lived his life to the fullest.  He was our little buddy and we were his biggest fans.

Drake was preceded in death by his great grandparents, William “Bill” Whitley, Joe and Natha Lee Morrison, and Elsie Marie Garner.  He leaves behind his parents, Jason and Cindy Jones; his grandparents, Stan and Sharon Jones and Lynn and Martha Fagan; his great grandmother, Maxine Whitley; his aunt, Jennifer Jones; uncle, Bradley Fagan and a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates and friends.

John 3: 16”- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Drake loved the Lord, his family and friends and wasn’t afraid to show it.  Please join us as we celebrate Drakes life.  Visitation will be held at the Hazen High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Center Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Catch A Dream. Org.

69 thoughts on “​Drake William Jones”

  1. So very sorry for your loss. May Gods peace be with you all. Prayers to all family and friends.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can say enough how much he was Loved. I just Pray God wraps his Loving arms around you and comforts you as only he can. He will be missed by the whole community as well as the Staff & students. May God be with you!

  3. Melissa Russell

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Lean on God during this time he will see you through.

  4. Pam Vowell Gladden

    I remember when Jason met Cindy. They quickly fell in love with each other. Both sets of parents supported the young couples relationship and soon they married. Sometime after that we all gathered around Jason and Cindy at the hospital where Baby Drake was introduced to the world. Drake was absolutely perfect in every single way! Mommy, Daddy, and all grandparents instantly fell head over heels in love with this happy and extra smart n handsome little guy. Drake was raised in a very loving and caring family. When Drake was 2 or 3 years old I asked Jason and Cindy if they planned on having more children. I’ve never forgotten their answer, “We could never have another child as perfect for us as Drake.” Drake is now in the arms of Jesus. Please God, hold on to Jason, Cindy, and their grandparents. They will need your Almighty power to strengthen them the rest of their lives.

  5. I have been heartbroken since hearing the news of Drake’s death. He was a part of a special brotherhood of friends who all loved each other. One of these is my grandson, and my heart is hurting for all these boys and their families. May God bless you, Jason and Cindy. May you find comfort in knowing that Drake is indeed in heaven.

  6. May God comfort your family and Drake’s friends in this time of need. Drake was my nephew, Ross Harper’s friend. I know, just as you, he and his friends are devastated. Many prayers for you all.

  7. Jacob Scroggins

    Drake was a great kid. I’m so very sorry for your lose. Enjoyed being around him in high school. Always had a lifting spirit.

  8. Loy & Debbie Kee

    May God comfort you all in this time of grief. Know he is smiling down on you . Love thoughts and prayers for you all !

  9. Carroll, Barbara and Deven Jones

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our heart aches for you but we know Drake is with Jesus. We will pray that all who knew Drake will have the peace that only comes through Jesus Christ. Carroll has many found memories of deer hunting with Drake and his grandpa Jones. He will always cherish those memories. Deven fondly remembers his time with Drake riding 4 wheelers at his grandpa Jones when we visited. May God be with you and give you comfort.

  10. Nancy Chlapecka

    My heart is so broken for each of you!! May God give you comfort & peace!! I loved filming Drake in football!! He had a super year this season!! I’m glad I could capture those memories for you! You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!!

  11. Lisa & Dale Duell

    May God give you comfort in this time of grief. Sending prayers for all his family and friends.

  12. Calandra Caldwell

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My heart is so saddened to find out that was Jason’s son bc I knew who Jason was I went to school with him..My heart goes out to you all…May God give comfort and peace to his parents and his family and friends…Only Jesus can bring peace to yall hearts…I pray God give you all strength to make it through this difficult time…#9 will never be forgotten…

  13. Rick and Jennifer Stallings

    We are so very sorry for your loss! Prayers to all of the family and friends.

  14. Robert and Dee Black

    Our heart aches for family and friends. It is not something we can understand or find reason in but must be assured our faith will carry us through. God bless and keep you.

  15. Martha Guthrie Cope

    I am so sorry for your loss. Words are never enough. I pray for our loving Father’s comfort for you, knowing that Drake is with Him. I will continue praying for you all., God Bless.

  16. Earlene Tenison

    Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your family. May God help you thru the pain and heartache. Remember Drake with all of the sweet memories he has left with you. I can’t take your heartache away but I know a Man who can help you thru your loneliness. May God be very near and lift you up on the wings of prayers of loved ones and friends. There will be a glad reunion one day!

  17. Brandy Bubbus Scruggs

    My deepest condolences are with all of Drakes family. Prayers for God’s peace and comfort carry you all and faith one day you will,be reunited.

  18. No words can express how our hearts breaks for the Jones family you guys are in our hearts and prayers.

  19. Home Sue williams

    Drakes great grandma and I went to visit the family last April .besides being in the floods and storm house twice , we had a great time. Drake took me for a ride in his truck, we listened to really loud music . I felt privileged to get to ride in his truck It was fun !! He took great grandma and I to meet his girl friend at the pizza place where she worked. I visited again in oct. got to go to foot ball game ,when he tackled a quarter back at the very end of the game.i was so proud of him!! We will all miss him . He’s up in heaven looking down on us. Love him so much . Great aunty sue xoxox may god comfort family and friends thru these hard times.

  20. My heart aches for this family. So sorry. Will continue prayers as they will have a difficult road ahead of them. Fly high #9

  21. Don, Sarah & Lori Shelman

    donandsarahinlove@sbcglobal .net We did not know Drake personally,
    but through his friends we feel like we did. Our condolences to his family may God be with you through this very trying time.

  22. Willie & Stacy Holloway

    We are sending our Arkansas family all of our love and deepest sympathy. We cannot imagine what you’re going through. We will continue to pray for you all, and know that Drake is living eternal peace and life in Heaven.

  23. Aunty Sassy, Uncle Craig, Cousins Lindsey and Brooke Campbell

    Our hearts are broken and we are all hurting here in California. Drake is my Great Nephew, and even though the distance kept us from seeing each other as much as we’d like, we always looked forward to keeping in touch through Drakes posts on social media, or by keeping up by phone with our family somehow. I had just received a text message from my Nephew Jason (Drakes Dad) the day after Christmas with a picture of Drake sitting in his truck thanking us for the travel mugs we had sent them. I commented on how grown up Drake had become and said how much he reminded me of Jason at that age. Jason wrote back that he was so lucky to have him. I can’t believe that was the last photo I would have of him. Drake, Cindy and Jason came to visit us in California in 2011, and we instantly fell in love with Drake. We all swam in our pool, took Drake to the beach for his very first time, went to Disneyland, and had many back yard BBQ’s with all his Cali Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. I just wrote on Drakes Birthday post how he was way over do to come back for another visit. Our family will never be the same without him, but I know we will all meet again in Heaven one day. To Cindy, Jason, Stan, Sharon and to his other Grandparents, and to all who loved Drake, please feel our arms around you as we all Pray together. We love you Drake.

  24. My deepest condolences to the family in your loss.
    Matthew 5:4 (NLT)
    4 God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.

  25. Prayers for the family/friends at this time of loss. Prayers for peace and comfort only God can give! May you allow God to hold you tight and catch you as you feel you are falling. Only he can provide your needs at this time. I am so sorry! Prayers from the Carter family- Shawn, Bobby and Creed, Humnoke, AR (Carlisle School District).

  26. Prayers for the family and friends of Drake. My prayers will continue for all of you. May God give you comfort and peace.

  27. I am from Des Arc. I do not know your family, but that doesn’t matter. My heart goes out to all of you. I have been praying for God to comfort you during this time as only He can. Some things will never be understood in this life, but I know He is a loving and caring God. You will be reunited with him one day. He’s in a beautiful place. God bless you, as his family, the Hazen students, and the entire community during this time….

  28. I am so very sorry for your lost words can not express that enough. Drake was a great young man with great parents! Let the Lord comfort you in this time in need.

  29. Julie Grady Serna

    I did not know Drake personally, but grew up with Jason. My heart broke when I learned of this story. I send my condolences and I am praying for your family during this difficult time.

  30. Teresa James-Tharp

    So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. I did not know Drake, but I do know his sweet grandmother, Martha. Prayers for your family that God will give you peace and comfort knowing he is in his arms.

  31. Debbie & Duain Freeman

    Duain and I are So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. We have wonderful memories of you and your family growing up at New Bethel.
    Praying for God to comfort you as only He can and sending our love and condolence to your family.

  32. Diane Chidister

    My heart is Broken, I’m so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of him in the cub scout and that big smile. I pray that God will comfort y’all thru this hard time. I will continue praying for peace for y’all.

  33. Vickie richardson

    My heart and sympathy goes to drakes family and i am so sorry for your loss. I know there aren’t any words that will make Things better at this time. Prayer is the most powerful source for the pain you are feeling. My thoughts and prayers will stay with you as you go through this most difficult time. Much love to all and may the lord wrap you with strength and comfort

  34. Jason, Cindy, Mr. Stan, Mrs. Sharon, and other family members, I have no words to say that will ease the hurt you are feeling right now and the many days to come, but I certainly do know who does, and that is our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS Christ. You can rest in HIS word as a child of GOD that you will see Drake again. Those have to be the most comforting words to know. I was so honored to teach Drake in second grade. He was such a smart child and very talented like you, Jason. I know you all were so very proud of Drake. As you can see Drake touched so many hearts. We all loved that sweet little red hair boy. He was truly a bright light in so many lives. My prayers and love for you will continue for the many days ahead. Remember you have the LORD on your side and you can always call upon HIS name. Prayers and GOD bless you all.

  35. Jason and Cindy.. God bless you dear friends.
    Words cannot express deeply enough our sorrow and grief.. please be assured if there is any thing I can do for you , then please don’t hesitate to ask..
    I am here for support and prayer.. Your Friend. and fishing partner.. remember..?

  36. There are no words that can express how much Drake will be missed. He had a vitality that was felt the moment he walked into a room. Drake’s infectious sense of humor could have the most stoic of people rolling in the aisles. I know that he is in Heaven at the right hand of our Father. My heartfelt condolences to Drake’s family. You are in my prayers.

  37. Jeff, Cherie, Logan & Lexi Dulany

    Drake was a very exceptional young man that will be missed by all. Logan had the opportunity to play football with Drake and what a great experience it was, the Hazen Hornet team are brothers both on and off of the field. Drake also loved to spend time with his family and friends, he accompanied us to the lake for Logan’s birthday last year and we had a great time together. We were blessed to know Drake, and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and always. We will pray for strength and for peace that passes all understanding that only our Heavenly Father can provide. Sending love from the Dulany family.

  38. I did not know your son, but as a parent, I cannot imagine your pain. My heart hurts for you. May God send you comfort and peace as you know that your son is with Him.

  39. Karie VanHouten

    I am so so sorry for your loss!!! From one parent to the other my heart aches for you!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!!!

  40. Jenifer and Ricky Duck

    We are so sorry for your loss, there are no words to relive you from the pain that you are suffering. I pray for peace and comfort for you and your family. Drake will truly be missed.

  41. My heart goes out to Drake’s family. I pray for God to surround you with His loving arms, comfort you and give you peace.

  42. Prayers for continued strength. So sorry for your loss but I know thethe Lord and Drake are rejoicing together.

  43. So very sorry for your lost. Praying for God’s peace to surround the family and especially his parents.

  44. Brenda Sullinger

    Love and prayers to this family. Msy you feel God’s love at this very sad time. Praise God we will see them again. God bless you and keep you. Brenda Sullinger McKinney Texas from DeWitt AR

  45. Debbie VanHouten Beachler

    Words cannot express how sorry i am. He was such a good young man. Well mannered, very respectful, funny, and was always smiling. Please know how sorry i am.

  46. My prayers are shared with the family and friends of Drake Jones. What a tragic loss to one so young and full of promise. May the Lord comfort each of you with His peace.

  47. I can’t express the sadness that I am feeling. My thought’s and prayers are with you though your loss of Drake. We loved him and will miss him dearly. Drake was a great young man, with two amazing parent and grandparents that he loved dearly. My God be with you always.

  48. What I remember most about Drake was while standing on the sidelines photographing the football games that he would run on and off the field with such a big smile on his face. He loved being a Hazen Hornet and it showed. He loved being out there with his teammates and brothers of God. He will be missed dearly! I pray that God will wrap is arms around this entire community and help us all be strong and get through this terrible tragedy. Drake You may be gone but you will never be forgotten!

  49. My heart aches since the news of my great nephew, even though I didn’t get to see him much due to travel distance he was loved deary. May God please help us get through this terrible tragedy and help us heal. My deepest love and sympathy goes out to Jason, Cindy, Sharon, Stan, Lynn, Martha, Jenny, Bradley and all the rest of our family and friends. HE WILL BE MISSED!!!

  50. Robyn and Maurice Cypert

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort and peace. Our love to you and your family.

  51. Shawna Austin and Darren Allen

    My heart breaks for you Jason and Cindy. . As a parent, I couldn’t imagine losing one of my children. May God wrap his arms around you and your family thru all of this. My son, Darren, played baseball with him. And he sends his condolences as well.

  52. Janelle Tarbell

    Drake was my great cousin. My heart hurts and stomach aches over this loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to my cousins Jason, Cindy, Jenny, my uncle stan, aunty sharron and cindy’s family. Drake you were an amazing kid. I will never forget your sense of wonder. I remember your first time visiting California. You were amazed by the freeways as you said “the roads out here are huge! There are like 6 roads all in 1!!!” And for some reason you couldn’t get enough of the gas stations as you said “I can’t believe gas stations here have TV screens!!!” You seemed to love and appreaciate the little things! You were full of life! You will be forever missed! We love you Drake! Xoxo

  53. Billy and Gail Booth

    As Quiz Bowl supporters, we enjoyed being around Drake at tournaments and at practice sessions. He was an extraordinary young man of many talents and his presence will be missed greatly.
    May God’s Word and His Holy Spirit (the “Comforter”) provide strength, comfort, and assurance to Drake’s family and to his many friends.
    Our prayers continue. Billy and Gail Booth family

  54. Eric and Angie Greenwalt

    Our hearts breaks for Jason and Cindy we want you to know you are in out thoughts and prayers now and days to come. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you the strength that you need at this time and days to come. Love ans prayers Eric and Angie Greenwalt

  55. I don’t really know the right words to say other than Drake was truly an amazing and gifted young man who touched more lives in his 17 years than many people do in a lifetime. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers for God’s peace and comfort will be given for Drakes friends and family for days to come. Thanks to the Hope we are given through the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can look forward to a great reunion someday!

  56. Linda Snider Arman

    Jason and Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. Drake was such an intelligent, talented, and sweet young man. It was my privilege to get to teach him his 7th grade year. His infectious smile and great sense of humor lifted us up many times. I had the boys all together in an all boys class that year, and they taught me more about honor and integrity as 7th graders than in any situation I had been in during my life. If something was going on they would get in a circle and pray right there. You were wonderful parents and raised a very happy young man who lived every minute of every day to its fullest! He was loved by many and will be missed by many! I will be praying for you.
    Linda Snider Arman

  57. A great loss but this is the way of life. May Allah grant him highest place in heaven. My love and support to the rest of family.

  58. My deepest condolences to the family. May you draw comfort from the scriptures that soon all sickness and death will one day be a thing of the past. I hope these scriptures will give you some comfort. Isaiah 25:8 and Revelation 21:3,4

  59. Carrie and David Clark

    Today, January 10, 2017, Drake will be laid to rest. I am his Great-Aunt and my heart breaks for my brother Stan and Sharon Jones. He was so loved by so many, including us. He was the bright spot in his parent’s life, as well as Stan and Sharons’. He was smart, he was caring, he loved Jesus, he loved hunting and fishing, he loved his family and friends. Drake will be missed, but we need to hold onto the fact that God had other plans for him and he needs to be in Heaven to carry them on. We don’t understand it, we don’t want to accept it. Drake touched so many lives in his short 17 years on this Earth. It is evident in the tremendous outpouring of love and support from the community he lived and grew up in. I saved several pictures from Cindy’s Face Book page. They showed various ages of Drake as he was growing up. Always smiling, of course. The last video I saw of him was his Birthday party Dec 3rd. He seemed embarrassed from all the attention, but still had had his cute smile. It wasn’t a very long video, but quite evident Drake was loved!!! Drake, you stole our hearts and we will forever hold you close.

  60. Charles and Vera Cook

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. So thankful you brought him up in church because we know there will be a glad reunion day! We loved our memories we have from the Mudcat days of playing baseball. Keep your eyes on Jesus and remember That Glad Reunion Day will come!

  61. Drake, I wish I could have gotten to know you better, it’s hard when family lives so far apart. I was only able to meet you once. I enjoyed seeing your pictures through Instagram and keeping up with you through social media. Through those pictures I saw that you enjoyed life and had an amazing community surrounding you. It brings me much joy to see that you put your trust in Jesus Christ and called him your savior. Though you were called home earlier than we expected I have peace knowing that you are in heaven. I think it is a great testimony to see that you not only glorified God while you were here with us on earth but also that God is continuing to be glorified through your passing. To hear how Hazen, your church body, school, friends and family have all come together with love for you is truly divine. Cant wait to see you in heaven, you will always be missed.
    Love you, your cousin Moriah.

  62. I was so devastated to hear the news of Drakes passing. It is hard to understand why God has called Drake home at such a young age but I trust God had a plan for his life. My heart aches for Jason, Cindy, Uncle Stan, Aunty Sharon, and Jenny. I cannot imagine what they have been going through but I pray God provides them with peace and comfort. I only meet Drake one time when he came to visit California but I remember going to the beach with him and seeing him play in the ocean. I remember him saying how salty the water tasted but I can tell he was loving it. You are loved and will be forever missed.

  63. Melanie (Booth) Hodges

    I’m very sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for God’s blessings and comfort during this difficult time.

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