Vicksburg resident Bertha Hudson Drake turns 101

Published 5:34 pm Thursday, September 7, 2023

Bertha Hudson Drake will celebrate her 101st birthday on Sept. 9. She was born in Hollandale on Sept. 9, 1922.

Drake was married to the late Leon Drake and the couple has seven children, six of whom are still living. They also have 50 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Drake was a stay-at-home mother, and she also did private home duty, daughter Lois Coleman said.

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Drake likes flowers and enjoyed working in her garden and singing Gospel hymns. Coleman said her mother credited her long life to trusting in the Lord and doing works (Psalms 37:3). A celebration for Drake will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the KC Hall, 310 Fisher Ferry Road, for family members. Friends are welcome to come by for a “walk and wave” from 1:30 until 3 p.m.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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