The Obit For Drake Pardue

Thomas Hampton "Drake" Pardue
June 29, 1926 - April 25, 2011

Published in Winston-Salem Journal from April 27 to April 28, 2011

Thomas Hampton "Drake" Pardue, 84, of Boonville died Monday April 25, 2011 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born on June 29, 1926 in Yadkin County to the late Gilbert and Florence Lewis Pardue.

While a student at Boonville High School, he was drafted to serve in the US Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater including Okinawa.

After the Japanese surrender, he served with the US Occupation of Japan as a Military Policeman in Tokyo, assigned to General Douglas McArthur's Headquarters. His duties included protecting not only General McArthur but also the Emperor and Empress of Japan.

After the war ended, he returned to Boonville and graduated from Boonville High School. He lettered in baseball, football and basketball. He was a member of the 1946 football team that won the first state championship in Yadkin County.

He played professional baseball for several teams in the North Carolina State League. This included being a catcher for the Chatham Blanketeers, before being drafted by the Henderson Oilers in East Texas.

After retiring from Chatham Manufacturing in Elkin, he worked from Frank Myers Auto Sales in Winston-Salem for several years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Pardue was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Fred Davis of Yadkinville; brothers, Bernard "Lefty" Pardue, East Bend, and Gib and Katherine Pardue of Elkin.

Mr. Pardue is survived by his wife, Ailene Chappell Pardue of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Donna Pardue of Clemmons; two grandsons, Alex Pardue of East Carolina University, Adam Pardue of Clemmons; a nephew, Ron (Kathy) Pardue of Kernersville; a niece, Kim Chappell (Tim) McCart of Morehead City, NC. He was a member of Boonville Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2011 at Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville. His funeral service will follow the visitation on Friday, at 4:00 p.m., in the Gentry Family Chapel, with the Rev. Ken Boaz, Rev. John Brown, and Rev. Jack Gentry officiating.

Burial will follow in the Boonville Cemetery with Full Military Honors by Yadkin VFW Post 10346. Mr. Pardue will be available for friends to pay their respect anytime during the day on Thursday, and until the visitation on Friday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the Pardue Family would be honored by memorial contrubutions made to either the Boonville Community Library Fund, PO Box 786 Boonville, NC 27011 in care of Angie Walker, or to the Boonville Community Cemetery fund, PO Box 166, Boonville, NC 27011.

The family of Mr. Pardue wishes to thank the staff of Blue Ridge Cardiology and Internal Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for the excellent care given to him.