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McEwen Funeral Service-Pineville Chapel

10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC

OBITUARY

Randall Duckworth

September 16, 1948October 26, 2019
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Randall Duckworth, 71, passed away Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. He was recently diagnosed with ALS.

Born September 16, 1948 in Charlotte, he was a son of the late John Oliver Duckworth and Martha Baker Duckworth. Following graduation from Sun Valley High School, Randall began furthering his education at Wingate University. His education was interrupted while he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Randall received The Purple Heart (wound suffered in combat), The Air Medal (heroic action in aerial flight), The National Defense Service Medal (service during time of national emergency) and Marksmanship Badges (proficiency in a number of weapons) for his service. Upon returning from Vietnam, Randall began a career in the antique business which he continued for nearly 50 years.

Randall was a gifted and decorated athlete in football, basketball and baseball and was offered a contract to play Major League Baseball by the New York Yankees while in high school. After sustaining a combat injury in Vietnam, he moved to Maryland where he competed in professional darts and ultimately won a state championship.

His family and his wife, Bonnie, were of the upmost importance to him. He and Bonnie were middle school sweethearts and soul mates. They found their way back to one another when he returned to the Carolinas. He continued his love of sports by coaching many seasons of baseball and basketball for his stepson’s teams. Additionally, he supported his stepdaughter in competitive dance. He enjoyed family holiday gatherings, many road trip vacations and annual trips to Sunset Beach where he played beach volleyball with his many friends and family members.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Bonnie Harkey Duckworth; two step children, Adam Geist (Mendi) of Greenville and Jenny Salzman (Clint) of Charlotte; and two beloved step grandchildren, Finley Geist and John Geist; as well as his brother, Samuel John Duckworth of Austin, TX.

Twin brothers, Tim Duckworth and Doug Duckworth, preceded him in death.

A service to celebrate Randall’s life – including military honors – will be held 3:30p.m. Friday, November 1st in the chapel of McEwen Funeral Service – 10500 Park Road. The family will receive friends following the service.

For those wishing to send memorial gifts, please consider the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or Team Gleason (teamgleason.org), which supports ALS research.

Condolences may be offered at www.dignitymemorial.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, November 1, 2019

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Dolores Broadway

October 31, 2019

Bonnie and family, I am so sorry to hear of Randall’s passing. I have such wonderful memories of him. He was a super athlete and a great person. I always remember that smile he had on his face, his wit and those beautiful eyes that seemed to light up the basketball court when he played all those years at Sun Valley High. All of us cheerleaders thought he was just the cutest and loved to cheer him on. I especially remember how he served his country and gave so much of himself, just as he always did with anything he was doing. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Dolores Broadway

Lavonne Boatwright

October 31, 2019

Randall was a sweet guy. I met him in the 5th grade. He was truly a positive person! I so enjoyed reading all about him as I haven't seen him in years. So beautiful that he got to do all that he loved & was a wonderful family man! Prayers and love to Randall 's family.

Antique Alley

October 30, 2019

Antique Alley will never be the same without Randall’s presence. As a dealer for over twenty five years he was a part of our family and his absence is so painful for us without him. Many people believed he co owned the shop because you could always count on Randall to be sitting on the liars bench! He was so knowledgeable and helpful to all our customers and dealers. The antique community has suffered a great loss in his knowledge and friendship. He was a wonderful storyteller and a great friend to us all.

Lisa Lilly

October 30, 2019

Randall has been a part of the Lilly Auction Family for many, many years. We will surely miss his hollerin' at the auctioneer (Jed) that something was wrong with the item, Jed missed his bid, or he just felt like hollerin'. But at the end of the day, he was a good friend, talked about our families often. He will be greatly missed, but not forgotten. Forever bidder # 49.

Our condolences to the family,

Jed & Lisa Lilly

Victor Maske

October 30, 2019

I believe Randall was senior my freshman year and the only 4-letter athlete at Sun Valley. I remember his twin brothers whom I played with on the basketball team at Indian Trail. Proud he was a purple heart recipient.

Jill & Phillip McAbee

October 30, 2019

Nice man, lover of antiques and the knowledges he possessed of them was tremendous. RIP Randall! You will be missed.

David Hayes

October 30, 2019

We at Consignment 1st are saddened by the loss of our friend Randy. We had interactions with him for over 25 years. We will miss him and at this time, again thank him for his sacrifice for our country. Sacred, restful peace our friend......Dave Hayes and staff

Belinda Henley

October 30, 2019

Thank you to the family for adding the wonderful pictures! I wanted to add this wonderful photo of Randall and Bonnie from the Christmas party last year. I think it is so beautiful.

Larry Charles

October 30, 2019

Greatly saddened by Randall's passing. We were classmates,we were collagemates,we were soldiers, and most of all friends. Rest with God DUCK. May God's light bring happiness, joy, and love to your family.

George Digh

October 30, 2019

The world has lost a lot of advanced knowledge of antiques. He was an expert and knew his business. He will be missed and no one will ever be able to take his spot. Rest in peace Randall.

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