Charles E. Drake, 76

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Charles E. Drake, 76, of Clarksville, Tenn., died Saturday Feb. 13, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Drake was born in Oswego on Aug. 27, 1933, the son of the late Garnet and Laura (Parkhurst) Drake.

He had worked at the Alcan Aluminum plant in Scriba and, after retiring, settled down in Clarksville.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the US Navy.

Chuck was a very talented and popular musician, and had his own band for 35 years.

During that time, family and friends enjoyed hearing his music both locally and in the surrounding counties.

He took special pride in his cars, trucks and motorcycle.

He was a member of the Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jason Paul Drake Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara McLaggan Drake of Tennessee; sons, Charles “Dick” (Lisa) Drake of Oswego and Trent Drake of Fulton; daughters, Darnece Tetrev of Lagrange, Ill., Melinda (Rich) Davies of Pulaski and Lorena (Mike) Malone of Hannibal; sisters, Audrey (Robert) Lawton of Surprise, Ariz. and Sherry Rice of Oswego;17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

No services were planned.

McReynolds – Nave and Larson Funeral Home in Clarksville had charge of arrangements.


  1. Barb,
    I am so sorry to hear about chuck.I will miss him calling once in a while. We had a lot of great times togather and i have known you both for a long time and been though a lot togather and i haven’t forgotten any of them and never will. My deepest sympathy to you. My thought are with you. Remember the good times you shared togather. My heart goes out to you. Friend Betty Gray.

  2. Barb,
    So sorry to hear about Chuck.We all had good times togather while you where living in Oswego and i have never for gotten them and never will.We have been friends for a long time and my deepest sympathy goes out to you.
    Old Friend Betty Gray,

  3. To the Drake family:

    My Dad, Dutch Bullard, played for many years with Chuck. I grew up listening to their music, with Dick and Dixie Proctor. They made wonderful music for a long time and it was a big part of our lives.

    Our sympathies to all of you.

    -Dave Bullard

  4. To Drakey’s family:
    I worked with Chuck at Alcan until he retired, I worked in the truckshop and Chuck was always around getting equipment tuned up or repaired and he always had interesting stories about his lastest idea to start another band or purchase a new car or how many more lights and do-dads he could add. It was allot of fun working with and I miss those times. I have allot of funny stories and memories, I’m sure anyone who knew him could tell too. So sorry to hear of your lose. We’re sure there will be a band called “Chucky Drake and The Veritones” in Heaven.

  5. Barb,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Lots of evenings we spent at the tavern, enjoying Chuck, Nancy and Tim playing…….I’ll let Nancy know. Fay

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