The Nacogdoches business community and friends of David Draper are preparing for his funeral. The First Bank and Trust president drowned on Saturday in Destin, Florida. Friends report he was trying to retrieve his daughter and her friend from a sandbar.
Draper was former chairman for the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, active in his church, a husband and father. He was 45 years old.
The Draper family will receive visitors Wednesday evening from five to seven. The funeral will be Thursday morning at ten. Both services will be at Grace Bible Church.
Draper's family friends say he may have been caught in a rip currant, but there's still no official word as to how Draper drowned. A spokesman from the Walton County Sheriff's Department said Saturday was a 'green flag' day in Destin. That means conditions were favorable for swimming.
Walton County has 21 miles of Gulf front beach. None have lifeguards. In the last five years more than 50 people have drowned in the waters along the Florida panhandle.
Many visitors may not be aware that rip currents or natural phenomena that produce strong underwater currents can drag swimmers away from the shore. Authorities say a red flag would have flown if rip currents were occurring.