Brian Drake Obituary, Death Cause – It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, colleague, and co-worker, Brian Drake. Brian has been an integral part of the NewsChannel 9 family since the mid-1970s, dedicating over 30 years of his life to our station and to making our lives brighter with his infectious humor and wit. Brian’s journey with NewsChannel 9 was marked by his versatility and unique contributions. In the early 1980s, he briefly took on the role of ‘Drake-ula’ as the host of Shock Theater, captivating audiences with his charismatic on-screen presence. For many years thereafter, Brian served as one of our master control operators, ensuring that every videotape played and every commercial aired at just the right time.
However, Brian’s contributions extended beyond his official duties. He had an extraordinary talent for making us smile and laugh, and he did so with an effortless charm that could brighten even the darkest of days. His quick-witted quips and humorous anecdotes would often fill our workdays with joy, and his laughter was infectious, reaching everyone within earshot. In his final years, Brian shared his life with his beloved wife, Annette, and their cherished son, Danny, in Ringgold. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them during this incredibly difficult time as we remember and celebrate the life of a man who brought so much laughter and happiness into our lives.
Brian Drake was not just a colleague; he was a friend, a mentor, and a source of inspiration. His legacy lives on in the countless smiles and laughter he shared with us. In memory of Brian, let us continue to find joy in the humor he brought to our lives and honor his memory by sharing kindness, laughter, and goodwill with one another. His commitment to his responsibilities was unwavering, and his dedication left an indelible mark on our station.