Dan C. Drake
Dan C. Drake
  • November 27, 1927 - May 23, 2017
  • Huntsville, Alabama

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November 27, 1927 – May 23, 2017

Dan C. Drake, Jr. of Huntsville, AL passed from this life Tuesday at the age of 89. A former resident of New Hope and later Owens Cross Roads, Dan joined the US Navy at 17 and proudly served in Shanghai, China and aboard the USS Iowa, BB-61 in Pearl Harbor.

In 1950, his career as a barber began in Winchester, TN, then at the Russell Erskine Hotel in downtown Huntsville, before opening Drake's Barber Shop in Owens Cross Roads. Dan continued barbering until age 85. He was a long-term manager of the Owens Cross Roads Water Authority of which he helped start. He was a member of the Mayfair Church of Christ, and had a passion for carpentry and custom framing.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Dan C. Drake, Sr. and Mattie Virginia Hill; brother, Allen Drake; sisters, Louise Alverson, Dimple Brockway, and Nina Sue Burleson; his first wife, Sue Tyler Drake; and granddaughter, Sara Rhoden.

He is survived by his wife, Imogene Thompson Baugher Drake; daughters, Diane (Lany) Moore of New Market and Beverly Drake of Huntsville; step-daughter, Lisa (Greg) Rhoden of Tuscaloosa; step-sons, Greg (Cheryl) Baugher and John David Baugher of Huntsville; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and several other relatives and friends.

You may visit with the family at Valhalla Funeral Home on Thursday May 25, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:00pm. A funeral service, conducted by Harold Kelly, will commence in Valhalla’s Chapel at 3pm. Entombment, with Navy military honors, will immediately follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens Building A mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Veterans Memorial, 301 Washington Street NW, Ste 303, Huntsville, AL 35801 or St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Please sign the guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com .