Stephen Dukes

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Stephen Keith Dukes July 31, 1947 February 26, 2014 MOUNT PLEASANT - Stephen Keith Dukes, 66, of Mt. Pleasant, passed into God's loving arms on Feb. 26, 2014, four years after being diagnosed with ALS. Steve's courage and efforts inspired and helped others with ALS and their families. Steve is the former owner of Carolina Cabinetry, a company that he created and managed for almost 18 years. His work career also included working as a police officer with the Jackson, MS Police Department. He was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In his youth he was active in Scouting, achieving Eagle Scout rank. Steve is survived by his wife, Lynn Butler Dukes; his mother, Gwen Dukes of Clinton, Miss.; his son, Jerry Dukes of Jackson, Miss.; his daughters, Nicolle Dukes Davis of Williamsburg, Va., Courtney Dukes of Tampa, Fla., Lara Benton Little of Concord; his brothers, Stan Bulger of Magee, Miss. and Lee Dukes of Dallas, Texas; his sisters, Jena Dukes McNeece of Clinton, Miss., Jan Dukes Clark of Canton, Miss., Suzette Bulger Arender of Raleigh, Miss., Annette Bulger Mathis of Jackson, Miss., and Nonette Bulger Runnels of Mize, Miss.; grandchildren, Eliot Davis and Emma Little; and his beloved Schnauzer Jazzy. He was preceded in death by his father, A.L. Bulger of Mize, Miss. and his step-father, Dr. T.G. Dukes of Clinton, Miss. A private memorial service will be held on March 15, at 2 p.m. at the family garden officiated by the Rev. Bruce Gwyn, pastor of the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, where Steve was an active member. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Tucker Hospice House, 5003 Hospice Ln, Kannapolis, NC 28081; Duke ALS Clinic, 932 Morreene Road, Durham, NC 27705; or Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 1260 North College Street, Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124. The family offers a special thank you to those who provided care and comfort to Steve and his family, including Jonathan, Jennifer, Pam, Candace, Dora, Kelly, Rebecca, Dr. Pfohl, Dr. Bedlack, Dr. Plittman, the staff at the ALS Clinic at Duke University and the VA Hospital.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 28, 2014
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