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George H. Dukes, Jr.


George Houston Dukes, Jr. died April 7th, 2014 of natural causes at Bedford Care Center in Mendenhall, Mississippi.

George was born to Mary Elizabeth and George Houston Dukes near Flora, Mississippi on June 12, 1931. He graduated from Puckett High School in 1949. George received his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts from Mississippi College, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War in the years between the two degrees. In 1961, he received his PhD from Louisiana State University. George spent much of his life in education, having been on the faculty at Union University (TN) and McNeese State University, where he was Head of the Science Department, and later served on the faculty of Millsaps College.

George never tired of learning and in later years earned a degree in Tropical Medicine at the University of London, England and a Master's in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. As an artist, a musician, a sculptor of wood, a horticulturalist, an author, a trainer and lover of dogs, George was a true Renaissance man.

The books that he wrote on wildflowers, mushrooms, woody plants of Mississippi, and dog stories can be found in libraries across the state. His love of the outdoors and fishing could have been subjects for books, as well.

George is survived by his gracious and loving wife of 59 years, Carolyn Virginia McLain Dukes; his brothers, James T. Dukes of Swansboro, NC and Marc Dukes of Senatobia, MS; and numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.

Having given his body for research to UMC, there will be a memorial service held for him at Puckett Baptist Church, where he was a member, on Saturday, April 19th at 1pm. Virginia requests that gifts or donations wished to be given in George's honor be given to his niece, Bethany Murphy, and her family who are serving as missionaries in Iquitos, Peru. Gifts or donations can be mailed to Amazon Xpeditions, P.O. Box 2183, Cedar Hill, TX 75106. Please enter the numbers 022 on the memo line of your check, so that the Murphys will receive your gift.

Published in Clarion Ledger on Apr. 11, 2014
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