Drake Alan Wilmot, was born in Enid on June 24, 1999, the son of Christine Wilmot and Josh Bennett. Christine married Chris Hempfling a few years later and made a home in Lahoma where he would attend Cimarron Public Schools. He later lived with his loving aunts, Kassie and Sheera, where he graduated with honors from Bixby High School as part of the Class of 2017.
During high school, he was a member of the swim team and qualified for state. As a talented swimmer, his first job was as a life guard in Tulsa. His heart was in helping people and he did so in many ways. During high school, he was involved in various civic groups and served as a mentor and counselor for kids at church camps. He attended Tulsa Tech and became a National Certified Medical Assistant in order to continue to help and care for people. Community service was important to him and he was happy to volunteer wherever he was needed.
Above all, he had a passion for the Lord. He always had a message about the Lord to tell you whether you wanted to hear it or not.
Drake went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the young age of 18 years old and will be reunited with his great-grandpa, Bobby Stowers; great-grandparents, Anita and Richard Bennett; great-grandmother, Ruth Smith and cousin, Heath Michael Wright.
He will be remembered and missed by his parents, Christine and Chris Hempfling, of Lahoma; father, Josh Bennett and wife Dana, of Fairfax; two sisters, Caitlin Wilmot and Skylar Bartel, of Ames and Farrah Hempfling, of Lahoma; brothers, Isaac Hempfling, of Lahoma and Peyton Terry, of Ralston; nephew, Eli Bartel, of Ames; great-grandma, Patsy Stowers, of Lamont; great-grandparents, Bob and Regina Smith, of Prague; grandmother, Brenda Bennett, of Fairfax; grandparents, Teresa and Ed Wilmot, of Haysville, Kan.; grandparents, Stan and Suzy Bennett, of Bartlesville; grandparents, Chris and Linda Hempfling, of Lahoma; best friend and roommate, Dakota Custer, of Broken Arrow; aunts, Kassie Bennett and Sheera Sirola, of Tulsa; three uncles, Scott Bennett and wife Elisa, of Skiatook, Vance Wilmot, of Lamont and Brett Wilmot and wife, Marissa, of Haysville, Kan.; aunt, Ryan and husband Tim Rosenberg, of Lamont; as well as numerous great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 2 p.m., at United Methodist Church in Lamont. Burial will follow in Braman Cemetery. Friends and family may pay their respects at a viewing Monday, Aug. 14, from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. at Trout Funeral Home in Tonkawa.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to: Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Dept. of Philanthropy, 2401 Gillham Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108. Please include in the memo section of your check “In Memory of Drake to Support Cooper.”