Fred Duke, 88, of Gadsden, went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2014, surrounded by his family.
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He was a devoted man of God and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a U.S. Navy seaman 1st class during WWII and loved his country dearly. He was a ray of sunshine to everyone he met and was loved by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Mary Emma Duke; a sister, Ann Duke Thompson; and a brother, Harry Duke, all of Gadsden.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Maxine Cothran Duke; his daughters, Jenni Duke Gunnells and Mike of Huntsville, Ala., and Julie Duke Galloway and David of High Point, N.C.; grandchildren, Jennifer Ferree, Juliana Perry, Emily Moss, Laurie Gunnells, Jill Dasher, Cristin Malone; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Crestwood Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Childhaven, Madison Academy, Mission Lazarus or Deep River Building Fund.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until the time of service Tuesday.
Crestwood Memorial Funeral Home - Gadsden
2209 East Broad Street Gadsden, AL 35903
Published in The Gadsden Times on June 23, 2014