Kyle Stanley Drake, Jr. Opelika, Alabama Obituary

Kyle Stanley Drake, Jr.

<p>Kyle Stanley Drake, Jr.</p><p>1933-2022</p><p><br></p><p>Kyle Stanley Drake, Jr., long time resident of Opelika, died peacefully on October 15, 2022 at East</p><p>Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. He was 89 years old. Born on August 3, 1933, to Kyle S.</p><p>Drake and Lorene Henderson Drake in Camp Hill, Alabama, he and his family became residents of</p><p>Opelika in 1936. He was married to Mary Ann Shippey Drake on August 30, 1952, and was blessed to</p><p>have Mary Ann as his wife for sixty-two years, until her death on February 12, 2015.</p><p>He is survived by their three sons and their wives: Randall (Renee) of Brentwood, Tennessee, Russell</p><p>(Jay) of Hoover, Alabama, and Kyle (Pam) of Auburn, Alabama; grandchildren Justin Drake, Melissa</p><p>Drake, Christian Drake, and Mallory Britt. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Corrie Drake.</p><p>He attended Northside Elementary School and graduated from Clift High School in 1951. He graduated</p><p>from the University of Alabama with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1955 and later that year</p><p>entered the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and served on active duty for two years. He was released from</p><p>active duty in 1957 and served with the U. S. Army Reserves until 1964 when he was honorably</p><p>discharged with the rank of First Lieutenant.</p><p>He entered the private mechanical engineering and contracting business in 1957 and operated that</p><p>business until 1983. During that period he was privileged to serve as President of the Alabama</p><p>Cattlemen’s Association, member and chairman of the Opelika Water Board, member of the AmSouth</p><p>Bank city Board of Directors, and member and President of the Opelika City Commission.</p><p>In 1983, he became affiliated with Auburn University as a mechanical engineer tasked with developing a</p><p>campus-wide chilled water system to provide air conditioning to university facilities. In 1985 he became</p><p>Director of its Physical Plant and later that year became its Assistant Vice-President for Facilities. He was</p><p>later honored to serve as Acting Vice-President for Administration. He retired from Auburn University on</p><p>September 1, 2000.</p><p>He became a member of First United Methodist Church in 1945 and served as member and chairman of a</p><p>number of its boards and committees. He was honored to serve as a church school teacher, Stephen</p><p>Minister, and certified Lay Speaker for many years.</p><p>Throughout his life, Kyle sought out adventure. He became a pilot in middle age and flew his plane all</p><p>over the country; always realizing a peaceful calm while flying. He also had a passion for sailing and he</p><p>and Mary Ann often sought the comfort of the sea. He also had hobbies such as photography and</p><p>woodturning. Each hobby was accompanied by a spirit of determination to excel. It is what drove him to</p><p>be so successful in his life. His true gift was his generosity. He never wanted anyone to know of his</p><p>countless acts of kindness and philanthropy.</p><p>A private burial service is scheduled for October 21, 2022 at 9:00 AM at Garden Hills Cemetery (with a</p><p>memorial service to follow at First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall with visitation from 10:00</p><p>AM-11:00 AM and the service from 11:00AM-12:00 PM).</p><p>The family respectfully declines the gift of flowers and suggests that memorial gifts be directed to the</p><p>Kyle S. Drake Jr. Memorial Fund at the University of Alabama, Advancement Services Box 870101, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, First United Methodist Church, or to the</p><p>charity of your choice.</p>
August 3, 1933 - October 15, 202208/03/193310/15/2022
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Rev Keith Lawder
October 26, 2022
Mr Drake was a Grace filled and generous man. It was an honor and privilege to meet him.
Frances Allen
October 21, 2022
To the family whom I love dearly. I offer my deepest sympathy and you know that I am forever grateful for you all loving me. I was like family and a honorary member adopted by Mrs. Lorene Drake. I know it will be some sad days ahead but remember he wouldn't want you all ... Continue Reading