William E Dukes

April 16, 1916July 9, 2013

William Everest Dukes

CHAPIN - Mr. William Everest Dukes, 97, of Chapin passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, SC. Mr. Dukes, born in Ridgeville, South Carolina on April 16, 1916 was the son of the late William Jefferson and Gertrude Keels Dukes. He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary Evelyn Bowers Dukes, who passed away in 1999, and by two brothers, Wayne Keels Dukes and Winfred Dukes. His funeral service will be held at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin on Friday, July 12 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be Thursday, July 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Caughman- Harman Funeral Chapel Chapin Chapel. He is survived by two sons, William B. Dukes (JoAnn) of Chapin, SC and Donald E. Dukes (Georgianna) of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brian Dukes of Columbia, Ryan Dukes of Columbia, Anna Grusin of Aberdeen,N.C. and Matthew Dukes of Hanahan, SC, and three beautiful great-grandchildren, Maelyn Grusin, Maya Dukes and August Dukes. Mr. Dukes was a WWll Veteran who served as a sergeant in the 81st “Wildcat” Infantry Division. During his 4 years of service he saw action in the Pacific at Peleliu and Leyte in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart. After the war, he returned to Columbia and began working for Claussen’s Bakery. He became General Manager of Claussen’s Bakery in 1962. His career with Claussen’s spanned 25 years. He worked for the Loxcreen Company as Personnel Manager for 21 years. During his business careers he was a member of Lions Club, served on numerous civic boards and was president of the Personnel Club of Columbia. He was an active member of Resurrection Lutheran Church who served on the Church Council and was a Sunday School teacher. He founded Boy Scout Troop 314 and served as Scoutmaster for 10 years. During this time, he had the opportunity to influence the development of many young men. He and his wife, Evelyn later moved to a home on Lake Murray and lived in Chapin, where he became an active member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church. He was honored as an Honorary Life Member of United Lutheran Church Men. Mr. Dukes loved the lake and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren teaching them how to water ski and taking them fishing. He attended the University of South Carolina, and has been an avid Gamecock fan for over 75 years who enjoyed traveling with the Carolina Fans group to away games. Over the span of his life, he lived long enough to enjoy two baseball national championships and four consecutive wins over Clemson. He and Evelyn not only loved traveling and seeing the wonders of America, but also enjoyed cruising, and traveling to places they never dreamed of visiting. One of their most memorable trips was a cruise to Asia where they spent several days in Tokyo with Jerry and Janice Livingston. On this trip he saw Mt. Fuji for the first time since he was a member of the Army of Occupation that landed in Japan almost 50 years before. In 2007 he traveled to Washington, DC with his sons, their wives and his grandchildren to visit the National WWll Memorial. The emotion he experienced on that trip was the inspiration behind the first Honor Flight from Columbia in November 2008. The family would like to express their gratitude to the caregivers from Senior Matters, especially Gail, Jossie and Yam who provided comfort and compassion during his last days at his home. He will be missed by his family and friends, but is now celebrating his new life in his new home with his sweetheart and all his family and friends that have gone before him. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mt. Horeb Building Fund, PO Box 8, Chapin, SC 29036.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 11, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 12, 2013

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Joel Quebec

June 9, 2014

I met Mr. Dukes in 2012 when he came to the 81st Regional Support Command for tour. During WWII, Sgt. Dukes had been assigned to Company I, 323rd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division, which is our military lineage. In May 2014, his family donated to our museum, various memorabilia he had kept since that time. He was such a nice man.

Pete Banco

July 12, 2013

As a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church for over 50 years, I am just one of the many youth he had a positive influence on as a sunday school teacher and scout master. He was a wonderful dedicated church member that the Dukes family most certainly can be proud of. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

July 12, 2013

Ah, we certainly have wonderful memories of Bill and Evelyn! They are reunited in their everlasting Heavenly home! How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Pat & Steve Blackwell, Irmo SC

Barbara Kelley

July 11, 2013

I, too, was honored to have known Mr. Dukes and was able to observe the close relationship he had with his family. Love and prayers to all of you as you transition to knowing him as one of your angels.

Ben Levinson

July 11, 2013

Mr Dukes was of my favorite people I ever met. I was always proud of him being one of my oldest patients and talked about that daily to inspire some of other elderly patients I see. I will miss him dearly but never forget him and use him for my own personal inspiration to live a long healthy life to the very end.
Thank you Dukes for sharing him in my life.
Dr Ben


July 11, 2013


Chris Myers

July 11, 2013

You were a wonderful son to your father. He was an inspiration to you and he was an inspiration to this community. I, and all of your friends here at Carolina, are so sorry for your loss and will hold you and your family in prayer.

Wayne Cooper

July 11, 2013

I will sure miss a good friend and wish the best for his family. May God Bless you all.

Cassandra Moody

July 11, 2013

To Mr. Bill Dukes and Family I want extend condolences to you for the passing of your father, May God Bless you in the time of sorrow. I am Sandy (custodian) Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.

lou irvin dukes Church

July 11, 2013

thoughts and prayers from the old Dukes family