CAC mourns the loss of Chris Drake
Chris Drake, the long-time treasurer and legal counsel of the Cauliflower Alley Club and beloved wife of vice-president Tom Drake, has passed away in hospice care in Cullman, Alabama. Her wonderful life came to a close on the morning of September 26, 2011, after a lengthy illness.
“Chris was so much more than the treasurer and lawyer for CAC. She was indeed our treasure, a solid rock on whom we could lean and unfailingly depend,” said CAC president Nick Bockwinkel. “Her wise counsel has done so very much to guide CAC over all these years.”
Christine McKoy Drake was born on November 26, 1938 in Oneonta, Alabama. She worked for Tom’s law firm as a legal secretary and paralegal from 1963 until 1981, then enrolled in the Birmingham School of Law. Graduating in 1985 with a J.D. degree, Chris joined Tom’s practice and the firm became Drake and Drake Attorneys, offering a broad range of legal services.
Her workload encompassed far more than just being a successful lawyer. An active member of the State Bar, she served for four years on the Alabama State Board of Education, on the advisory board for the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and various committees related to community colleges in the state. Chris has also been active in politics, including serving in a key capacity in presidential candidate Walter Mondale’s campaign in 1984.
Chris served for 19 years as the treasurer and legal counsel to CAC, and it’s very much worth noting that in all that time the Club never received a bill for her many and varied legal consultations and services. A non-profit organization such as ours often requires legal advice in order to operate effectively and within the rules, and Chris was more than generous with her time and knowledge.
“To describe the contributions that Chris made to the CAC would be more difficult to describe than the value the sun has to flowers,” executive vice-president Karl Lauer, who consulted with her an untold number of times, points out. “Over the 19 years she has been the legal mind and adviser to the CAC, many times I would get the credit, but it was Chris Drake who advised me first. I know there are many ladies that are as good as Chris, but I doubt if there are any, any better. She will be missed for a long, long time.”
The Cauliflower Alley Club extends its deepest sympathies to Chris’s husband Tom, sons Tommy (Kimberly) and Whit (Katherine), daughters Mary (Ron) Pate and Christy (Ben) Lowe, her six grandchildren, and her brother Jim.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, and the funeral at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 29, at Moss-Service Funeral Home Chapel, 1901 – 2nd Avenue North West, Cullman, AL 35055, telephone (256) 734-1821.