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Harry Duke, Jr.

June 26, 2021

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Harry Duke Jr., 94, was called to his eternal home by Jesus on Saturday, June 26, 2021. He was born to Harry Sr. and Addie Mae Duke (Ratcliff) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He met the love of his life, Miss Patricia Cochran, and they were married in 1950.

Harry was the only child of Harry and Addie Mae. He is preceded in death by both parents, and his beloved wife Pat. He is survived by his daughter Delilah Harris, son-in-law Ralph; son Harry Jeffrey Duke and daughter-in-law Frada, and son David Duke and daughter-in-law Jean; granddaughters Dawn Copeland and Jennifer Gleason, grandsons Shawn Harris, Daniel Duke, and Darren Duke; and 11 greatgrandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Harry grew up in Pine Bluff and enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and is a World War II veteran where he fought in the Pacific theatre. After the war he enlisted in the Army and served honorably, retiring in 1973 at Redstone Arsenal as a master sergeant. He started his second career with the FAA and then with Lockheed Martin as an instructor. He loved to teach and even after retiring he volunteered as an AARP driver instructor for many years. 

Harry was a member of CrossPointe Church in Madison and enjoyed singing in the choir and fellowshipping with his church family and neighbors. He passed to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, as a resident in Limestone Heath Facility in Athens where he was loved and cared for.  Over the many years his hobbies and interest included riding motorcycles, customizing new cars, playing golf, and doing crossword puzzles. Harry was a member of Jacob Brump Lodge #160 F & A M, elected in 1954, and was a Master Mason. His love for God and others was evident through his giving and outreach to others in their time of need.

Spry Funeral Home in Huntsville is handling the arraignments, at Harry’s request a graveside service will be held at Walker Memorial Gardens in Jasper, Alabama on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. where he will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife Pat.

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