Claude Duckworth

Twin Valley, Ohio

1934 - 2021


Twin Valley, Ohio


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TWIN VALLEY-Claude W. Duckworth, 86, of Twin Valley, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at his home after a lengthy illness with cancer. Born on May 21, 1934 in Easley, SC, he was a son of the late John A. Duckworth, Jr. and Dora Jones Duckworth Hodge. Also preceding him in death were a sister, Dora Blackledge and a brother, James Duckworth.

Claude was a proud Navy veteran of the Korean War, served with the Ohio National Guard, was in the Army Reserves and was a retired 1st Sargent with the U.S. Army. He also retired from both the Empire-Detroit Steel Corp and DESCO Federal Credit Union.

Claude was a member of the Lucasville Masonic Lodge #465, member and past Master of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge #769, Valley of Cincinnati Scottish Rite, El Hasa Shriners in Ashland, KY, past president of the Portsmouth Shrine Club, past president of the Kentucky Colonels Unit, past commander of the Legion of Honor, member of the Tennessee Squires, and a proud member of Clan #1 Outhouse #3 Hillbillies of Portsmouth. He was a 50-year member of the James Dickey Post #23 of the American Legion and was on the board of directors of DESCO Federal Credit Union.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Whisman Duckworth, whom he married on June 11, 1955; two daughters, Claudia (Mark) Phillips of Rosemount and Terri (Tim) Clark of Twin Valley; two granddaughters, Cassie (Matt) Brooks and Amanda (Brian) Taylor; seven great-grandchildren, Kyle, Gracie, Dylan, Presley, Macayla, Braylee and Blake; and three brothers, John A. Duckworth III of Greenwood, SC, and Thomas Duckworth and Paul Duckworth, both of Chillicothe.

A service will be held at the convenience of the family at the BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN SCIOTOVILLE with Larry Moore officiating followed by military honors by the James Dickey Post Burial Detail. Interment will be at a later date in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive guests at Brant's from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th.

A masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday conducted by the Lucasville Masonic Lodge#465.

Memorial gifts may be made to SOMC Hospice or the Masonic Home.

Masks will be required for admission, but not furnished by the funeral home. Social distancing will be observed.

The flags on the avenue, along with the U.S. Army flag, will fly in honor of proud veteran Claude Duckworth.

Virginia and her daughters wish to extend a special thanks to the SOMC Hospice nurses and caregivers for their WONDERFUL care.

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So sorry to hear of the passing of Claude. He served in the Masons with my Dad for many years, was very active in Rainbow for Girls when I was a member back in the 70's and then again when my daughter was a member of Rainbow in the 90's. Claude always made you smile, was an inspiration to many and such a joy to be around. Prayers and Condolences to the family. May his smile, laughter and loving heart live on through others.

Duck was a very honorable man also proud to say he was my cousin my deepest condolences to his wife Virginia and daughters

Duck was a good neighbor, good co worker at Empire Detroit Steel, and a excellent 1stSgt during my time with the 216th Engineers, We!ll miss you.

Virginia and family, I cannot express the sadness of hearing about Duck's passing. He was one of a kind & I will always cherish the memories that I have over the years of knowing him. May God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.

Sending most sincere condolences. My parents, Phil and Chris Delabar thought the world of the Duckworths. They enjoyed their friendship. Blessings to the family.

Claudia and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
God bless and keep you in this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

What a wonderful character and and generous friend and coworker.I have known and worked with Duck over 40 years. Steve and I considered him and Jennie as very special people and friends. He will really be missed by anyone who knew him. We will surely miss our great friend. Love and prayers. Joyce and Steve.