William ‘Billy’ Thomas Drake


Our cherished son William (Billy) Thomas Drake, 16, of Mayfield, NY, and formerly of Aztec NM, passed away suddenly on the Fourth of July 2020. He was welcomed into heaven by his father, William L. Drake; grandmother, Suzanne Robart; and Ronnie Waters.

Billy touched the lives of so many and his bright smiling eyes, laughter and loving heart will forever be missed by us all. His parents, Laura Waters (Bo Ostrander) and Josh Waters will forever be proud of the young man he was, funny, kind, loyal, hardworking and best friend to his brothers Johnathan Drake (18), Aidan (12) and Ashton (8) and Ryan (12). He Leaves behind his loving grandparents Melissa McBride (Daniel Lightner) of Aztec NM, Craig Rhodes of Mayfield N.Y., Albert and Stephanie Drake of S.C., Terri and Doug Pereau of AZ., and his Great Grandmother Sunnie Caddell of N.M. his Aunts: Sarah Cook, Elisha (Anthony) Ovitt, Jessica Scott, Kristina (Tyler)Drake, Trisha and Cory Waters (mof Farmington NM, Nicole Forsey, Savanah Radigan, and Amanda Forsey, his Uncles: Justin Rhodes Jessie (Lola) Bowman of Bloomfield NM, Craig Rhodes of Johnstown NY, Darrell (Dorothy) Rhodes, Ronald Rhodes. His cousins Christian Thomas (best friend), Gabriel Lucero, Melissa Rhodes, Justin Rhodes Jr, Edward Cook, Angelique Bowman, Mia and Jessa Livingston (Courtney) of Texas, Taylor Zamora , Chance Castaneda, Cole Waters, Dillan and Kiara Rhodes, Louis Lawrence, Mason and Nikia Rhodes. His great aunts and uncles Mary (Sam) Walker, Michele (Jeanne) Forsey, Debbie Jo Funk, Andrew (Beth) Lawrence, Louis Lawrence, Suzie (Bob) Colson, and Beverly (Mike) Buley. His girlfriend Sage Gifford who was the love of his life, best friends Gavin Bowen, Corey and Taylor Proctor and many many more.

Billy loved music, hanging out with friends, kayaking, swimming, hiking, and basketball and riding bikes. He had just finished his sophomore year at Mayfield High School and played for the Jr. Varsity basketball team. He loved and cherished his family with the teammates and coaches. He was already planning his future and was already helping and learning carpentry with his Dad, his, uncles, Bo Ostrander and many other friends and family. Everyone who worked beside him was impressed and proud of his ethics and drive. He will be forever missed, forever loved and will certainly never be forgotten.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 11a.m. until 8p.m. at the Mayfield Bannertown Fairgrounds, School Street, Mayfield, New York 12117. Masks are required. Billy’s cremation arrangements were entrusted to the care of Betz, Rossi, Bellinger & Stewart Family Funeral Homes. Please visit the online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.

By Paul Wager