Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides excellent funeral planning services.

We have years of experience caring for families from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. Our unsurpassed staff and our family provide kind, caring, professional service. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession who are dedicated to excellence in service, adhere to the highest funeral industry standards, and have exceptional integrity. We consistently earn phenomenally high customer satisfaction survey results.

Our licensed, professional staff is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call 859-234-6333 anytime. We will even come to you to make arrangements in the comfort of your home.

Prompt, compassionate service is always just a phone call away, where and when you need it.


James E. Drake

James E. Drake

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jim is a Harrison County, Kentucky native and a graduate of Harrison County High School. He graduated from Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Jim is married to Patty Drake, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth Drake Simpson, and two grandchildren, Ashley and Jon Aaron. Jim is a past president of the Cynthiana Lions Club and a member of Cynthiana Elks Lodge #438, St. Andrews Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Kosair Shrine. Jim served as Harrison County Coroner for 13 years. He enjoys golfing and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

Patricia A. Drake

Patricia A. Drake

Funeral Director

Patty Drake is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, a graduate of Butler High School and a licensed Funeral Director. She is married to Jim Drake, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth Drake Simpson, and two grandchildren, Ashley and Jon Aaron. Patty has served as past president of the Harrison Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She has been a part of the Harrison County Hymn Sing on WCYN Radio each Sunday for the last 30 years. Patty also serves as organist for the funeral home.

Beth Drake Simpson

Beth Drake Simpson

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Beth is the daughter of Jim and Patty Drake. She is a graduate of Harrison County High School and Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. She is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer. Beth is married to Jon Simpson and has two children, Ashley and Jon Aaron Simpson. Beth is very active in her children's school activities.

Joe Robert Barkley

Joe Robert Barkley

Funeral Assistant

Bob is a native of Harrison County, Kentucky. He is married to Velma Caswell Barkely. Bob started out in the funeral business working for the Whaley Funeral Home as a funeral assistant. He retired as Cynthiana Police Chief and served as a deputy coroner for Harrison County. After his retirement, he has worked as a funeral assistant for Drake Whaley McCarty Funeral Home. He is a member of the Cynthiana Christian Church.

James Snodgrass

James Snodgrass

Funeral Assistant

Jim is a native of Harrison County, Kentucky. Jim is married to Martha Gossett Snodgrass. Jim worked in Louisville, and after his retirement, he returned home to Cynthiana. He now works as a funeral assistant for Drake Whaley McCarty Funeral Home. Jim is a member of the Cynthiana Christian Church, where he and his wife Martha are very active in most activities.

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