Juanita “Nita” Jane Little Drake, age 75, of Woodville passed away on Tuesday September 18, 2018 at Marshall Medical Center North. Nita was born in Paint Rock Valley on November 3, 1942 to parents, William Harvey and Willie Mae (Smart) Little.
Nita began serving the community of Woodville in 1983 when she opened Nita’s Mini Mart and Café. For over 35 years Nita always operated the store and café with a smile on her face and loving, joking demeanor. Just about anyone who graced the doors of Nita’s Mini Mart and Café was greeted with, “Hey, Hon. How are you?” and was told, “Take care and I love you!” as they left. Everyone was family to Nita and she never wanted anyone to be left out.
Funeral services will be held on Friday September 21, 2018 at Scottsboro Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Darryl Chambers and Rev. Danny Gibson officiating. Interment will follow at Union Cemetery in Woodville. The family will receive friends on Thursday September 20, 2018 at Scottsboro Funeral Home from 5:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m.
Nita is survived by her husband, Joe Drake; sons, Terry (JoAnn) Gayle and Darrell (Paula) Gayle; daughter, Teresa Drake Booker; grandchildren, Mackenzie (Randy) Brown, Brandon (Alyssa) Woods Drake, Logan Gayle, Ethan Booker; great grandson, Sawyer Brown; brothers, Jerry (Marsha) Little, Dennis Little, Glenn (Macel) Little, and Harvey Jr. Little.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Harvey and Willie Mae (Smart) Little; brothers, Clarence and Darce Little; and a step son, Joseph Drake.
Nita’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the physicians, nurses, and staff at Marshall Medical Center for making her last few days as comfortable and peaceful as possible.