OBITUARY

William Hansel Drake

September 17, 1925May 9, 2019
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William Hansel Drake, of Falkville, Alabama passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019. Hansel was born September 17, 1925 to the late William Amel and Nora Wilhite Drake of Vinemont, Alabama. He was a U.S. Army Veteran; Co. A, 151st Combat Engineer Battalion, who served in Europe during WWII. Hansel lived in Alabama until 1970 when he moved to Oklahoma with his wife, the late Lottie Mae Teague Drake, and his five younger sons. During his time in Tulsa, OK he worked for Vincent Radiator Co., Auto Air Service, and Drake Air, Inc. He was known to his friends and family in Oklahoma as “Bill” or “Papa Bill.” He returned to Alabama to live in 2015.

Hansel was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Mae; his parents, William Amel and Nora Wilhite Drake; brothers, Euel Drake and Wallace Drake; sisters Naomi Cartledge, Frances Carlton and Marie Pattillo.

Hansel is survived by sons Roger (Paula) Drake of Franklin, TN, Randy (Cherri) Drake of Cullman, AL; Vann (Connie) Drake of Tulsa, OK; Butch Drake of Tulsa, OK; Jeff (Tina) Drake of Denver, CO; John (Sharon) Drake of Vinemont, AL; Paul Drake of Tulsa, OK; Eric Drake of Tulsa, OK; brother Charles (Ellen) Drake of Vinemont, AL and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and caregivers.

Services will be on Monday, May 13, 2019 at noon at Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman, AL. The family will receive guests prior to the service beginning at 10:30 am. Interment will be at Flint Creek Cemetery, Vinemont, AL. The service will be officiated by Carlos Wilhite, Vinemont, AL.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the "Hansel Drake Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Wallace State Community College - Wallace State Future Foundation, P.O. Box 568, Hanceville, AL, 35077.

  • FAMILY

  • Roger (Paula) Drake, Son
  • Randy (Cherri) Drake, Son
  • Vann (Connie) Drake, Son
  • Butch Drake, Son
  • Jeff (Tina) Drake, Son
  • John (Sharon) Drake, Son
  • Paul Drake, Son
  • Eric Drake, Son
  • Charles (Ellen) Drake, Brother
  • A host of Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews and Caregivers., Other
  • _______ _______, Preceded in Death
  • Lottie Mae Drake, Wife
  • William Amel Drake, Father
  • Nora Wilhite Drake, Mother
  • Euel Drake, Brother
  • Wallace Drake, Brother
  • Naomi Cartledge, Sister
  • Frances Carlton, Sister
  • Marie Pattillo, Sister
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Grandsons, Pallbearers

Services

  • Visitation Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2019
  • Interment Monday, May 13, 2019

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Susanne Drake

May 9, 2019

We will always remember the great trips out to Oklahoma, but when I remember My Uncle Hansel, I like to remember waving to him from the train as we passed the radiator shop on our way to Birmingham. or the cooler full of Coca Cola in the small bottles he would ice down for us to share from the back of his truck at Decorations. Just seeing him again, and looking to see the boots he picked-out to wear that day. That was My Uncle Hansel to me. Most of all, I will always remember he sat with me at Daddy's funeral and brought joy to me when I felt like there was none in this world. We're comforted today knowing how much he loved my Aunt Lottie and knowing they are together again.

Many prayers for comfort for all the boys, Randy, Van, Butch, Jeff & Paul, and their families. Much love, Susanne

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Biography

William Hansel Drake, of Falkville, Alabama passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019. Hansel was born September 17, 1925 to the late William Amel and Nora Wilhite Drake of Vinemont, Alabama. He was a U.S. Army Veteran; Co. A, 151st Combat Engineer Battalion, who served in Europe during WWII. Hansel lived in Alabama until 1970 when he moved to Oklahoma with his wife, the late Lottie Mae Teague Drake, and his five younger sons. During his time in Tulsa, OK he worked for Vincent Radiator Co., Auto Air Service, and Drake Air, Inc. He was known to his friends and family in Oklahoma as “Bill” or “Papa Bill.” He returned to Alabama to live in 2015.

Hansel was preceded in death by his wife, Lottie Mae; his parents, William Amel and Nora Wilhite Drake; brothers, Euel Drake and Wallace Drake; sisters Naomi Cartledge, Frances Carlton and Marie Pattillo.

Hansel is survived by sons Roger (Paula) Drake of Franklin, TN, Randy (Cherri) Drake of Cullman, AL; Vann (Connie) Drake of Tulsa, OK; Butch Drake of Tulsa, OK; Jeff (Tina) Drake of Denver, CO; John (Sharon) Drake of Vinemont, AL; Paul Drake of Tulsa, OK; Eric Drake of Tulsa, OK; brother Charles (Ellen) Drake of Vinemont, AL and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and caregivers.

Services will be on Monday, May 13, 2019 at noon at Moss Service Funeral Home in Cullman, AL. The family will receive guests prior to the service beginning at 10:30 am. Interment will be at Flint Creek Cemetery, Vinemont, AL. The service will be officiated by Carlos Wilhite, Vinemont, AL.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the "Hansel Drake Memorial Scholarship Fund" at Wallace State Community College - Wallace State Future Foundation, P.O. Box 568, Hanceville, AL, 35077.