Virginia V. Drake, 89, passed away July 10, 2017. She was born May 7, 1928, in Hanceville to John William and Cuba Harris Manning. Mrs. Drake worked at Goodyear in Decatur while attending Cullman High School during World War II. She also went to school and became a licensed cosmetologist. In 1946, she met Talmadge Drake at Mayo's Beauty Shop and on Nov. 8, 1947, they were married. They bought a house and started farming and they had a Grade A Dairy for 26 years on the farm they are still living on and sold the milk to Deep South Dairy. Mrs. Drake was the owner and parts manager of D and H Cycles for 45 years until she slowed down at the age of 87. She loved her customers and friends she met while working there. She loved to camp out and ride motorcycles. Her real passion was cooking, canning and providing for her family and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Moss Service Funeral Home Chapel, Bro. David Guttery officiating, with interment in Flint Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Cloyce Talmadge Drake; daughter, Renaa Starlet (Jerold) Hopper; sister, Maud Nelyne Parker; granddaughter, Mandy C. (Dave) Park; great-grandchild, Alexa Manning Park; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the funeral home.
Published on  July 11, 2017