William Benjamin "Ben" Duke, 87, of Ocean Isle Beach, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice in Greenville.
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Ben was born in Wayne County on Jan. 5, 1926, to the late Oscar Gordon Duke and Irene Hough Wade Duke. He was married to the late Ruth Daly Duke. Ben served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the beaches of Normandy. Ben lived a life of dedication to his family and friends, and to his community. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served as a salesman on the East Coast. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte.
The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Burial followed in Willow Dale Cemetery with military honors.
Ben is survived by his son, William B. Duke Jr. and wife Lynn of Goldsboro; daughter, Elizabeth Phillips and husband Dave of Mechanicsville, Va.; brother, John Duke of Goldsboro; sister, Anna Duke Parker of Goldsboro; and three grandchildren, Carrie Mowbray of Northampton, Mass., Erica Duke and Ethan Duke of Goldsboro.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Duke was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Jo Anne Williams, formerly of Goldsboro; his brother, Bruce Duke; and his sisters, Katherine Cooper, Dorothy Willis, and Rebecca Daniel.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon on Aug. 29, 2013