John Duke

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    - Micaiah Bailey

WILLIAMSBURG - Dr. John Porter Duke Jr. of Williamsburg, Kentucky departed this life on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Baptist Health - Corbin, Kentucky. He was 84 years, 3 months, and 9 days of age. He was born on March 21, 1929 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late John Porter Duke Sr. and Mamie Grant Duke. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Wayne Duke. He was a member of First Baptist Church and he was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean War. Dr. Duke earned his B.A. degree from Southeastern Louisiana College, M.A. from Louisiana State University, and his Ed.D. from the University of Mississippi. He was first appointed to the Cumberland College faculty in 1959, and subsequently served in many leadership roles including Dean of Men, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of College Personnel, Dean of Student Services, Director of the Graduate Program, and Chairman of the Department of Education. In his thirty-six years with Cumberland College, Dr. Duke made extraordinary contributions beyond his classroom duties. He introduced track and cross country, tumbling and trampoline and gymnastics to the college's athletic program. For twenty-two years he lent his voice as field announcer for the Williamsburg football games. Dr. Duke also pioneered the establishment of TV-3 and served as yearbook sponsor for over twenty-two years. He was a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, the American Middle School Association, the Southern Association of Teacher Education and served on the executive board of the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was a Kentucky Colonel. He is survived by his wife Henrietta Stengel Duke of Williamsburg, Kentucky; 2 sons, Robert F. Duke and wife Lea of Newark, California, Grant Duke of Williamsburg, Kentucky; 2 daughters, Melinda Blevins and husband William of Hulen, Kentucky and Donna DuBay of LaPeer, Michigan; 3 grandchildren, Taylor Duke, Lydia Howard and husband Charles, and David Carmack III; 2 great grandchildren, Matthew Howard and Rachel Howard; one sister; Shirley Gain and husband Walter of Lake Charles, Louisiana; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends to mourn his passing. Visitation will be from 5pm until the funeral hour on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 7pm Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Croley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ande Meyer, Dr. John Broome and Chuck Dupier officiating. Graveside services will be at 10am Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Whitley Memorial Gardens in Williamsburg, Kentucky with Military Honors provided by the University of the Cumberlands ROTC cadets. Former players of Coach Duke from the Cumberland College Track Team will serve as pallbearers. Croley Funeral Home of Williamsburg, KY in charge of arrangements, J. Andrew Croley and Jerry W. Croley, Directors. Condolences may be made to the family:

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Sept. 2, 2013
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