Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 25th, from 5 – 8 p.m.. A Celebration of Jonathan's Life will be held on Wednesday August 26th at 2 p.m., both at
Heartland Community Church, 3253 N. Brush College Road, Decatur. Pastor Joe Bowman will officiate. Burial will take place in North Fork Cemetery. Casual
attire is appropriate for both. Memorial donations to: the American Lung Association. Tanzyus Logan Funeral Service & Care is in charge of arrangements.
Jonathan was born in March of 1987, in Decatur, the son of Gary Drake and Tami Drake. He graduated from Central A & M High School in 2006. He worked
for Firestone Tire, and more recently, Mathias Farms. He was a member of Heartland Community Church and Battle Buddies for Christ. Jonathan received
Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour May 11, 2014 and was baptized at Heartland Church August 27th 2014. He was as passionate about leading people,
especially men, to Christ as he was about racing. He had recently begun leading a men’s ministry on Monday evenings, Battle Buddies for Christ. Every week
Jonathan would invite everyone on his Facebook page to attend church with him. He loved his church and his church family at Heartland. Thank you for
helping him change his life.
Jonathan was passionate about dirt track racing at Macon Speedway, from go carts at age 11, to hornets – here he won the UMP Amateur Hornet
Championship in 2010. He moved up to pro hornets, street stock, and he won several heat races his first year. In 2014, he won the World Amateur Hornet
Championship. Jonathan loved racing and children. He coached a YMCA basketball team this past spring that 2 of his nephews and his buddy Jonny played
on. He was so proud of them and loved playing with them and making them smile.
Jonathan is survived by his dad, Gary Drake; his mom, Tami (stepfather, Larry Boyer); sister, Nichole (husband, Dee) Deberry; brother, Michael Gulyash; the
love of his life, Teresa Snowden and her son, Jonny – who was his best friend; grandmother, Norma Richardson; uncles: Randy (Debbie) Drake, Roger
(Margaret) Drake, Tom (Sheila) Ryder, John (Paula) Richardson ; aunts, Patti (Tom) McMurray, Pam (Chuck) Burkhart, Janet Richardson, and Susan
Richardson. Jonathan was very close to his nieces, nephews and cousins and they loved him equally. He is survived by nephews Ron, Dacari, Ty, Derich
Deberry, and Cameron Paczek, nieces Jalyn and Jenna Gulyash. Cousins: Traci McMurray, Scott McMurray, Daron Drake (Tara), Amanda Massey (Mike
Brewer), Mackenzie Massey (Damon Honea), Cora Mintus, Chase Brewer, Karson Drake, Demi Drake, Danielle Maple (Billy), Logan Maple, Luke Maple, Jeff
Drake (Sarah), Jaden Drake, Tre Sylvester, Thomas Morgan (Kaitlyn), Lucas Burkhart, and Nicole Passoni (Lindsay), Christian Morgan, Arlo Morgan,
Makenna Phillips, Logan and Orion Ducey, Derrick Aalders and Caroline Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and LaVance Drake, and his maternal grandfather, Willard Richardson.
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