DeWald Lake, age 86, passed away quietly at his home on December 26, 2017. He was born in Jacksonville on August 10, 1931, and lived in the Jacksonville area most of his life as a health care administrator, business man and rancher. Prior to his retirement from Nan Travis Hospital, Jacksonville, which is now ETMC, Jacksonville, he
Vice President and Assistant Administrator of the Methodist Hospitals being responsible for personnel and purchasing over fourteen hospitals. Previously he served as Administrator and Secretary of Gardendale Inc. and Sunset Care Center. Before his current illness, he was an active member of First Christian Church, where he served as an Elder. He has also supported and served in Gateway of Hope, Crimestopers, the Civitan Club, and was a member of the Jacksonville Masonic Lodge # 108 AF & AM. Upon his retirement in 1996, he was able to devote full time to ranching which he loved.
He is proceeded in death by his wife, Phyllis Keller Lake; his mother, Ottis Noland Lake, and his father, Cortus Lake. He is survived by his sons, DeWald (Gus) Lake, Jr. and David Q. Lake, both of Jacksonville; grandsons, Dusty Lake of Palestine, and Paden Lake of Dallas; great granddaughter, Addison Lake of Slocum; sisters, Joan Treadwell of Jacksonville, and Nancy Cruse and husband Joe, of Rosenberg; brother, David Lake and wife Shirley of Tyler;
and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers will include: Dusty Lake, Paden Lake, Jody Lake, Jona Lake, Tony Treadwell, and Pat McCown.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 and funeral services will be at 2:00 o'clock in the chapel of Autry Funeral Home, Jacksonville. Burial will be in
Park Cemetery, Jacksonville.
Published on December 29, 2017