DUCKWORTH, Jacob, 6 years old, of Lithia, Fla., landed safely in the arms of JesusMonday, June 12, 2006, after a most courageous battle with cancer for the past 28 months. He was surrounded by his family members, who loved him so very much. Jacob was truly an amazing child who lived life to the fullest. He loved singing, dancing, fishing, swimming and going to Walt Disney World. But most of all he loved his brothers. Jacob had a heart of gold and taught us all so much during his short time on earth. He taught us to celebrate life, to walk in faith, to never give up and to always believe in miracles. He touched many lives with his contagious smile and silliness, and he was deeply loved by all who knew him. He was a most precious gift from God, a miracle, a hero, the most Amazing Jacob. He will live in our hearts forever. Jacob is survived by his loving parents, Don and Heather Duckworth; his amazing brothers, Kyle and his triplet brothers, Brandon and Devin; as well as his wonderful grandparents, Don and Claudia Duckworth of Columbus, Ind., George and Patty Magnon of Lithia, Fla., and Tom and Nancy Johnson of Plant City, Fla.; his great-grandparents, George and Elizabeth Charbonneau of Bedford, Va.; his uncles, Steve Johnson, Kevin Duckworth, Ryan Duckworth and Allen Duckworth with Aunt Cheryl and his cousins, Patrick and Elizabeth. The Duckworth family will receive friends at the visitation 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Serenity Meadows Funeral Hom, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview, Fla. A celebration of Jacob's life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Grace United Methodist Church, 5708 Lithia-Pinecrest Road, Lithia, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made in honor of Jacob Duckworth to The Children's Cancer Center, devoted to preventing and curing childhood cancer, at St. Joseph's Hospital Tampa Foundation, c/o Children's Cancer Research Group, 4600 N. Habana Ave., Suite 15, Tampa, FL 33614.
Published in TBO.com on June 15, 2006