ForeverMissed
Public Visitation: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11 a.m., W.E. Lusain Chapel, 249 6th Ave SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211. 

Funeral Service: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m., W.E. Lusain Chapel, 249 6th Ave SW, Birmingham, Alabama 35211. 

Interment to follow at 3 p.m., Oakwood Memorial Gardens, 1 HL Cleveland Way, Huntsville, AL 35806. 

Professional services provided by W.E. Lusain Funeral Home and Crematory, Birmingham, Alabama.
Posted by Wilma Pride on April 9, 2021
Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Finley/Drake families as you mourn the loss of Elzirah, a friend and Church member for many years. One who always had a kind word for and about everyone. Elzirah will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of being in her company. In just a little while we will all meet again around the throne of God and the Lamb. Keep the faith. Pride Family.
Posted by Donna White on April 8, 2021
I am thankful to have met the Finley-Drake family through Dr. E. Finley. Sending thoughts of comfort and wishes that the many special memories will help during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you in His care.
Posted by Deborah Groves on April 8, 2021
Dear Elder Drake and Family, I am praying that God and His Spirit cover you with Grace, Mercy and the Peace that passes all human understanding as God has taken The breath of His Child for Safekeeping. Mrs. Finley Drake has a wonderful legacy passed down from DNA (Jesus) to DNA (Her Family.) When feeling down, lonely and depressed Jesus hears, feels, and Knows you. You have a rich legacy; it’s in your DNA! Call on Him- My sincere Condolences 
Posted by Alicia Lashley on April 8, 2021
Dear John, Elivirita, Mr. Drake and family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Your mom, aunt and especially your wife was very instrumental for me when we were all growing up. This is hard! She was a wonderful person, I will miss her terribly. May God grant you comfort and peace that only HE can give. We will see her again!
Posted by Isaac Finley on April 8, 2021
A cousin a friend you were both to me. We live our lives trying to achieve wealth and status. You lived a life sharing joy and happiness. You leave a legacy for us to be glad to follow. May God continue to bless you.
Isaac T. Finley Jr.
Posted by Mark Finley on April 8, 2021
My Aunt truly lived a full impactful life. Aunt Elzirah, her sister, her mother and the other relative some who are resting and waiting for the trumpets to sound were responsible for me being introduced to Christianity and Adventist.  Her continuous patience, love, cheerfulness and means made it possible for me to have a Christian education. Since then I went on to capture other accomplishments. Without Aunt Elzirah I would still be on the streets of California (in the Garden) running from the Lord. I hope to continue til Jesus comes, what my relatives made possible for me to obtain. I believe I will see her soon and hope all who read this will see her in GLORY one day. Hold on Christ is coming sooner than we might think. Uncle Mid, Joe and John you are in our prayers and God is closer to you now.

Mark
Posted by Jerome Smith on April 8, 2021
I have known the Finley-Drake family for many years. They are all like family to me. Elzirah and her twin sister were both extraordinary women, to say the least. Its truly a blessing and honor to have known the twins. Now these two angels are together again.
Posted by Nina Henley on April 8, 2021
As a young family, new to the Birmingham area many years ago, we were warmly and lovingly embraced by the Drake/Finley family. It is hard to talk about Sister Drake without talking about her wonderful twin. Sister Drake and her sister, Sis. Finley, Sr. we're some of the most impressive people I have ever met. Loving, kind, so very intelligent, great story tellers, great teachers, lovers of young people, and great historians are just a few of their many attributes. They were beautiful people and they always seemed so much younger that their age.

Many times, when there was a storm in our area, Sister Drake would call to see if we were safe and needed anything. She often would call just to see how we were doing. Her ready smile, and gentle spirit were a blessing to everyone who knew her. She will be missed. Our prayers are with her family for comfort and strength. May we be encouraged as we get ready, and wait for that great getting up morning! What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Posted by Lee Whitaker on April 8, 2021
Greetings and condolences to our Finley-Drake family,
As personal physician to Sister Elzirah Zipporah Finley-Drake over two decades ago, I was always embarrassed and humbled by her saying I helped save her life back then. I only loved and respected her, as the Lord instructed me. And now this beautiful, sweet Saint rests with God, until all our labor and trials are over when we will see the King. And although she will be sorely missed, we would not be so selfish as to wish her back into this world. Not here. Know that our prayers are with the Finley-Drake family that was so blessed to experience her daily presence. May we all be prepared to see her again in her immortal state in the presence of Christ.

Blessings,
Dr. Lee Whitaker, Family Medicine
Dr. Cassandra Whitaker, OB/GYN
The Whitaker Health Center
1901 Sugar Estate
St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
Posted by Clarice Calvin on April 7, 2021
To the Drake and Finley family, please accept our sympathy and condolences in the loss of your love one. Our hearts were sadden to hear this news. We have known the family for so many years and she was always kind, sweet and cheerful. She always treated us like family, a very special lady. We will certainly miss her. Please know that our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Posted by Miriam Richey on April 7, 2021
Surely God sees a special Angel !! I’m so grateful and thankful for those special moment that this sister and I shared together !! She was surely an Angel sent by Jesus on earth !! She was there for me on several occasions in my Christian journey!! We were indeed prayers partner that could pick up where we left off !! My deepest sympathies goes to her family and friends as she would always say never stop trusting Jesus !! It won’t be long for the great reunion !! CAPF prayer partner and friend .
Posted by Tonya Morrow on April 7, 2021
Words cannot express how I feel right now. This is a great loss to our Adamsville family. Sister Drake was deeply loved and surely will be missed. Children's stories will never be the same. My Condolences to The Drake and Finley family.
Posted by Annie Dailey on April 5, 2021
To the Finley-Drake Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of your loved one to forever hold in your heart.

May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends.

With Sympathy,
Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church Family – Birmingham, AL
Larry Bailey, Pastor

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Posted by Wilma Pride on April 9, 2021
Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Finley/Drake families as you mourn the loss of Elzirah, a friend and Church member for many years. One who always had a kind word for and about everyone. Elzirah will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of being in her company. In just a little while we will all meet again around the throne of God and the Lamb. Keep the faith. Pride Family.
Posted by Donna White on April 8, 2021
I am thankful to have met the Finley-Drake family through Dr. E. Finley. Sending thoughts of comfort and wishes that the many special memories will help during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you in His care.
Posted by Deborah Groves on April 8, 2021
Dear Elder Drake and Family, I am praying that God and His Spirit cover you with Grace, Mercy and the Peace that passes all human understanding as God has taken The breath of His Child for Safekeeping. Mrs. Finley Drake has a wonderful legacy passed down from DNA (Jesus) to DNA (Her Family.) When feeling down, lonely and depressed Jesus hears, feels, and Knows you. You have a rich legacy; it’s in your DNA! Call on Him- My sincere Condolences 
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Shared by Delphia Drake on April 7, 2021
Words cannot express how sweet, kind and gentle my mother- in- law was! She would always encourage me to live my life to the fullest for Jesus!  I'm so proud of her and so grateful and thankful to The Lord for allowing me to have been a part of her wonderful life here on earth! I look forward to seeing her again in heaven with The Lord Jesus!! What a wonderful and glorious day that will be!!
Shared by Patricia Glaster on April 5, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. This lady was such a sweet and humble woman.  She had the nicest smile. Always had a word of wisdom on her lips. A faithful saint who will be missed. Blessings to you and family.  Hold on to God's unchanging hand.