Duke Emerson

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Duke Emerson passed away Saturday, April 13, 3013 at his home in Liberty. He was 81. Born Dec. 12, 1931 in Casey County, he was the son of the late Stanley Ray and Nancy Elizabeth Lay Emerson. He was the Director of Right-of-Way for the Kentucky Department of Transportation. Duke was a U.S. Army veteran and the former owner of Duke's Drive In. Survivors include his special friend and companion, Brenda Prater of Salyersville; a daughter, Beverly (and John) Crabtree of Lexington; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roy (and Linda) Emerson of Liberty and Bob Emerson of Greenwood, Ind.; a sister, Nancy (and Mike) Meece of Liberty; caregivers and special friends, Scotty and Becky Rayborn; and his dog, Ivory. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Greg Emerson; three brothers, Rick, Melvin and Dean Emerson; and a sister, Gail Tucker. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 17) at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Morris Bryant officiating. Burial will be at Caney Fork Cemetery with military honors by the Casey County Funeral Squad. Pallbearers will be Branden Phillippe, Chad Meece, Landon Crabtree, Dustin Emerson, Waylon Emerson, and Lil Roy Emerson. Honorary pallbearer is Scotty Rayborn. Funeral arrangements entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with guestbook available at www.mckinneybrown.com.
Published in The Casey County News on Apr. 17, 2013
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