Joseph Taylor Stukes
Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home
2402 South Irby Street
Florence, SC
Joseph Taylor Stukes FLORENCE - Joseph Taylor Stukes, 88, died on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, in Florence. Born in Manning, SC, Joe was the son of the late Taylor Hudnall and Georgie Sauls Stukes. Joe earned an undergraduate degree from Davidson College where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, an M.A. from Emory University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He was a professor of history at Francis Marion University where he was awarded Distinguished Professor. During his career he also taught at Lander College and Erskine College, where the Stukes Endowment was established in his honor. As a lecturer and traveler, he led over 70 tours to Europe and provided many speaking programs to clubs, churches and other organizations both locally and nationally, including 20 years of historical monologues through the Joe Stukes History Series. A room in the Bruce and Lee Library is named for him. He served on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Human Relations and received the Governor's Award in Humanities. He also served two terms as president of the Christian Action Council of S.C. and as chairman of the Florence City-County Bicentennial Commission. He received Keys to both the Cities of Florence, SC and Marion, SC. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church. Joe was a member of the Florence Rotary Club, where he received both the President's Award and the Four-Way Test Award. He was predeceased by a son, Joseph Gordon Bonner Stukes, and a sister, Frances Stukes Skardon. He is survived by his wife, Courtney Randolph Stukes; three sons, Taylor Stukes of Atlanta, GA, Randy (Ruth) Stukes of Woodstock, GA, and George (Angela) Stukes of Florence; granddaughters, Betsy Stukes and Taylor Duffin; grandsons, J.T., Mick, Joseph and Thomas Stukes. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2016, at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home in Florence. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at John Calvin Presbyterian Church. The family will hold a private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2000 Marsh Ave., Florence, SC, 29505 or The Stukes Endowment at Erskine College, PO Box 338, Due West, SC, 29639. Please sign the tribute wall for Dr. Stukes at the obituary section of
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Regrettably I've only learned a year later of Joe Stukes' death. He was a wonderful mentor and friend ever since our Lander days together in the mid-1960s and afterwards co-leading tours to Europe.
Norman Raiford
January 8, 2017
So sorry to hear of Dr Stukes passing. He was one of my favorite people. He will be truly missed. Prayers to the family.
January 26, 2016
I am so sorry to hear Joe is gone. He was a great guy. He will be missed.
Karen MacNutt
January 19, 2016
So very saddened to hear of his passing.
I enjoyed a trip of a lifetime with him and a group to Scandinavia. He helped me pull together the trip at the last minute so that I could surprise my mom that I was tagging along too. I enjoyed his thorough knowledge of the history of each city.
My sympathy to his family.
Kathy Hucks
January 15, 2016
Dr. Stukes was one of my all time favorite Professor's.

I was developing an intense interest in history and had the good fortune of have Dr.Stukes as the instructor for my first history class at FMU.

His passion and knowledge were evident from the first day. I ended up taking so many history classes because of him that I ended up as a History minor.

His portrayals of various figures from history only heighten the experience.

Florence and the state of SC have lost a true treasure as well as a real gentleman.

Fred Hembree, FMU Class of 82
Fred Hembree
January 15, 2016
Love, Norris and Madelyn DIckson
Norris and Madelyn DIckson
January 15, 2016
My dear professor at Erskine ('70-'71), a honored educator of Revolutionary History by the S.C. Society of the SAR, and a life long friend to me.
Douglas Doster
January 14, 2016
I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing . He was such a dear friend to my parents, Eileen and Jim Parker. They especially enjoyed the trips they took with him. May you feel the love of friends and family, especially at this time. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Claudia Parker Caldwell
January 14, 2016
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