Waverly Journal, Friday, April 14, 1911
Rev. R. P. Droke
Rev. Robert P. Droke, for many years a resident of this city, but who has been living in Hettick the past year, died at the home of his sister Mrs. Hattie Pulliam in Hettick at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning April 11th after a few weeks illness. Age 75 years, 5 mo. and 2 days.
Mr. Droke was born in Tennessee, Nov. 9, 1835, moving at an early age to Virginia, and from there to Catlettsburg, Ky., where he grew to manhood. He was converted at an early age, and united with the M. E. church. In 1885 he moved with his father to Macoupin county, Illinois and settled near Scotville. He responded to his country's call in the Civil War serving three years in the 32nd Illinois infantry. After the war he farmed a few years, and in 1869 entered the ministry. His first appointment was White Oak, and he afterward was pastor of the Chesterfield and Waverly circuits. For twenty years he was a travelling preacher in the Illinois conference, and for the past twenty years has been a superanuated preacher, residing in this city. He was married Oct. 6, 1859 to Mary E. Pulliam, who departed this life February 17, 1904. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother, Winfield S. of Portland, Ore. and three sisters. The three brothers who proceeded him, also served in the Civil War. At the time of his death, Mr. Droke was chaplain of the local post of the G.A.R. and a member of the local lodge of Masons.
The funeral was held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock at the Methodist church in Hettick, in charge of Rev. L. G. Adams of this city, assisted by Rev. Mr. Wassle, pastor of the Hettick M. E. church. The body was brought to Modesto at 11 o'clock and interment was made in Pulliam cemetery near that city. A number of the Masons from waverly went to the funeral, the pall bearers being chosen from this lodge and the Masonic ceremony being used.