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DaJunderiel Montravia Drake

October 11, 1992 ~ April 18, 2022 (age 29)

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The Life & Legacy of ‘Daja’...


I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge will give to me on that Day,

and not to me only but also to all who have loved his appearing. 

~  II Timothy 4:7-8


          On Monday April 18, 2022, God sent an angel to escort our beloved DaJunderiel Montravia Drake to her heavenly home.

      DaJunderiel was born on October 11, 1992, to Erica Waller-Bynum and Robert Branch, Jr. in Emporia, Virginia. DaJunderiel affectionately known as “Daisy Duke” and “Daja” was a true compassionate ‘soldier’, who was a fighter both physically, spiritually and emotionally.

     Daja accepted Christ at a young age and joined Rising Star Baptist Church in Ante, Virginia. Daja graduated from the Greensville County High School in 2011, where she was an avid lover of JROTC and wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father. Daja began her journey on providing for herself by entering the workforce with KFC and most recently with Walmart of Emporia, where she was a loyal and dedicated worker. Daja enjoyed peeping over the Deli counter to enjoy a brief conversation or laugh with family, friends and even strangers. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

          Daja had a heart of gold and loved everyone. She always did her best to help family, friends, co-workers and anyone in need. Daja was genuinely a great person. She fought a good fight and loved her time with family, and now she can truly rest. Daja was preceded in death by her grandparents:  Thomas Waller, Dalphine Branch, Robert Branch, and a devoted friend, Milton Cain, Jr.

          Daja’s blessed life, unconditional love and endearing legacy will be forever cherished by: a son who was her pride and joy, Cameron DeSean Drake; loving and devoted parents, Erica Waller-Bynum (Ernest) and  Robert Branch (Patricia) all of Jarratt, Virginia; five brothers, Roderick Branch, Tishun Branch, Rakuan Young, Tyree Pierce and Ja’Shun Branch; grandmother, Pearl Waller, Mary Harris “Nana”; aunts, Tammy Waller, Priscilla Porter (George), Jennifer Anderson (Stanley), Linda Winfield (Carlton), La’Verne Short (Peter), Mary Taylor (Quinton), Cornelia Drake, Sylvia Gray (Donnie) Shayna Stith, Regina Langley-Anderson (Roger), Barbara Hill and Sandra Waller; uncles, Tony Branch (Angelina), Benjamin Waller, Clarence Smith, Vincent Stith and Terrence Stith; two nieces, Ivory Branch and Raya Young; one nephew, Karter Branch, all whom she truly adored and loved; godson, SiYon Barner; godparents, Bernard Trisvan, Sr, and Norma Parker; god brother, Jerome Trisvan, god sisters, Keisha Rose and Oneste’ Tucker; a devoted and special cousin/sister-at-heart, Heaven Harrison; devoted friends, Shayna Scott, Shaquanna Barner, Ebony Jones, Kierra Hill, Shereba Doyle and Keara Morrow; numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, cousin, and friends whom she loved as well.

Daja: "Well done, thy good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things…

Enter into the joy of your lord. She fought the good fight of the faith and can now take hold of the eternal life to which she was called

when she made her good confession in the presence of many witnesses."



Relatives and Friends are encouraged to visit Ms. Drake's tribute wall to share memories, extend condolences and to order floral tributes, as sentiments to the family.  


The Management and Staff of Knox-High Mortuary, Inc. is privileged to provide

"Distinctive Services, With The Essence Of Excellence"

to the family of Ms. DaJunderiel Montravia Drake.

We ask that you join us in remembering the family in both thought and prayer. 

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24 Hour Viewing
April 23, 2022

10:00 AM
Knox-High Mortuary, Inc.
568 Halifax St.
Emporia, VA 23847

24 Hour Viewing
April 24, 2022

12:00 PM
Macedonia Baptist Church
30 Quarrell Road
Emporia, VA 23847

Celebration of Life
April 24, 2022

1:00 PM
Macedonia Baptist Church
30 Quarrell Road
Emporia, VA 23847

Interment following funeral service
April 24, 2022

Macedonia Baptist Church
30 Quarrell Road
Emporia, VA 23847

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