Michael Colby Drane passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Mission Hospital.
Michael was born in Washington, DC to the late James L. Drane and Maude Bell Sumpter Drane. He attended Asheville High School. Michael was a veteran of the US Navy.
Michael was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. As a member of the Music Ministry playing the bass guitar, Michael's background rhythm could be heard and felt in traditional hymns, gospel songs and contemporary arrangements. He was bassist for several bands including Axiom Band, Network Band, Bermuda Band and several others during his musical career. He was also a back-up guitarist for Archie Bell. Michael was a former employee of Clark Equipment Company, Carolina Power & Light, Electrolux and Meritor. In addition to his affection for music, he loved and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and repairing things, for which he was called "Mr. Fix-It".
Michael was preceded in death by brother, Frankie Adell; sister, Janet Williams.
Surviving family to cherish his memory include his wife of 18 years, Alberta W. Drane; son, K Michael Drane (Shelly); daughter, Tamara J. Caple (Maurice); sister, Edith Smith (James); brothers, James Adell, Herman Rice, Lawrence Rice and Daniel Williams; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; honorary son and daughter, Steven Gibson and Rochelle Whiteside; other relatives and friends.
A public viewing will be 1:00-6:00 pm Monday, April 27, 2020 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. The viewing will be available via live streaming from 1:00-3:00 pm. In compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions, there will only be 10 people allowed in the facility at a time. A private funeral service will be 10:00 am Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. The service will also be available to view via live streaming. Burial to follow at 12:00 pm at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.
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