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Emmett L. Draper Jr., retired parole officer Jan. 3, 1933 -- Feb. 1, 2006

Emmett L. Draper Jr. of Buffalo, a retired parole officer, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital after a brief illness. He was 73.

Born in Demopolis, Ala., Mr. Draper grew up in Buffalo and was a graduate of Burgard Vocational High School and Buffalo State College.

He was an Army veteran, serving with the 82nd Airborne, and a member of the National Guard Unit based at the Masten Avenue Armory.

An employee of the state Department of Corrections for 35 years, he retired in 1990 as chief parole officer at Wende Correctional Facility.

Survivors include his wife, the former Raye Williams; three daughters, Paula Thompson and Janice Bridges, both of Buffalo, and Yolanda Barber of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, Darvan of Buffalo; a sister, Virginia Hearon of Buffalo; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Antioch Baptist Church, 1327 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.


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