Mike Dukes

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Mike Dukes
AIKEN, SC - Kenneth Michael Dukes, 66, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at his residence.
Born in Columbia, SC, Mike was a son of Vera Ballentine Dukes and the late Ernest Kenneth Dukes. He lived most his life in Aiken and worked as a procedures writer at the Savannah River Site. He graduated from Aiken High School in 1968 and was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. In his early years, Mike was a member of the Mike Stewart and the Intruders Band. They played locally and traveled to venues like the Magic Attic in Myrtle Beach, opening for acts such as Arthur Connelly, The Tams and The Drifters. He also played trumpet with his father in The Ken Dukes Band. Mike was excellent at table tennis, winning the SC state championship in the doubles division in the mid 1990's, and was a long-time member of the Aiken Table Tennis Club. He was a member of Millbrook Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son, Michael Ryan Dukes; his mother, Vera; two sisters, Cheri McGee (Wayne Gilmore), Debbie Wallace (David); a brother, Jeff Dukes (Debbie), all of Aiken. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Jason Dukes and a sister, Cindy Darr.
The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, April 2nd beginning at 1:30 PM at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home followed by the funeral at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Phillip Lee will officiate. Interment will follow in Southlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Whittle, Sam Griffin, Chad Polatty, Eric Clansey, Rick Sullivan, Ron Barnes and Joe K. Black. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Wallace, Danny McGee, Chris McGee, Nathan Whittle, Aaron Whittle and Sarah Whittle.
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Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, Inc. - Aiken
715 East Pine Log Road
Aiken, SC 29803
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2017