He was born Oct. 9, 1924 in Allen. He moved to Pensacola in 1941.
He was an aircraft mechanic
with Naval Air
Station, Pensacola for 38 years. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Past Master of Lodge #296, a member of Hadji Temple, American Legion Post 240 and Warrington Elks #2108. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He survived the sinking of the USS Lexington (CV-2) during the Battle of Coral Sea. After returning to the States he was then assigned to the 2nd Marine Division and deployed to the South Pacific where he fought in the Battle of Tarawa. He was a true American hero.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Duke; one son, Randy (Sharon); one daughter, Sandy (John) Dickson; one sister, Etta Rhee Reaves, Grove Hill; one grandson, Cliff Duke, USN, three granddaughters, April Duke, Carla Van Dyne, Tammy Allegretti and eight great-grandchildren.
His parents Ira Willard and Mary Adell Weaver Duke preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Duke's name may be made to Hadji Temple Memorial Fund, 800 W. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, Fla. 32534.
Pallbearers were B.J. Odom, Steve Lind, Roger Leach, Chuck Murphy, John Thames and LCDR Walt Chaney.