Funeral service for Curtis Leon Drakeford, 66, of 2002 DeKalb School Road in Camden, will be held Thursday, March 31, 2011, 2:00 P.M. at Bingham Chapel AME Zion Church with burial in Dry Branch Cemetery in Westville, SC. Friends may visit at the home of his niece and nephew-in-law, Rev. David and Annette Stratford, 1945 DeKalb School Road in Camden. Masonic rites will be conducted between 7:00 P.M. and 8:30 P.M. at the funeral home on Wednesday. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Curtis Leon Drakeford was the youngest child born to the late Belton Drakeford and Ellen Alexander Drakeford. He was born in Kershaw County on March 26, 1944 and departed this life on March 25, 2011 at Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina after an extended illness.
Curtis was educated in Kershaw County Public Schools and graduated from Jackson High School in 1962. He was reared in a Christian home and accepted Christ at an early age and joined Bingham Chapel AME Zion Church. He also attended Zion Hill AME Church where he provided his service wherever needed. He served his Country by enlisting in the United States Air Force. Mr. Drakeford attended Denmark Tech where he received his diploma in Radio/TV Repair. He was employed by EI DuPont for 32 years, retiring in June 2001. Curtis was also a member of Composite Lodge #372.
He was a very quiet person but was always willing to help if needed. His greatest joy prior to his illness was riding in his car, then his blazer and then his truck all in the same day throughout downtown Camden waving as he passed you by.
Curtis was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings, Coleman Wesley, Randolph and two as infants and one great nephew, Kedrick Barnes.
He leaves to cherish his memories and celebrate his home going one sister, Josie G. Brown of Laurel, Maryland; one brother, Oliver W. Drakeford of Paterson, New Jersey; two sisters-in-law, Juanita B. Drakeford of Camden, SC (whom he considered a second mom) and Georgiana Drakeford, Paterson, NJ; one nephew and five nieces (three of whom were raised in the home with Curtis and considered him as their "big brother") Coleman Drakeford, Jr. (Mary Smith) of Camden, SC, Gloria (Raymond) Clark of Holly Hill, SC Annette (Rev. David) Stratford of Camden, SC, Wanda Drakeford and Dr. Deborah Brown both of Paterson, NJ and Robinette Brown of Laurel, MD; three great nephews, Raymond, Jr., DeWayne and Brandon; four nieces, Dominique, Marquia, Raenita and Briana; three great, great nephews and many cousins and other sorrowing relatives and friends.