A Navarro County native, Frank Neal Drane
married Florence A. Bingham in 1885 and had two children. He ran a
hardware store with his father before becoming president of City
National Bank. In 1901 Drane formed the Corsicana Power and Light
Company. A city alderman and a leader in the Third Avenue Presbyterian
Church, he wished to share his personal prosperity with fellow citizens.
In 1938 he organized the Navarro Community foundation with E. W.
Robinson (1891-1967) as the first director. The fund has benefited wide
ranging endeavors, including Navarro College, founded in 1946.