Bernard Lamar "Buddy" Duke

September 1, 1940October 3, 2021

A memorial service for Bernard Lamar “Buddy” Duke, 81, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 7, 2021, at the gymnasium of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service.

Mr. Duke died Sunday, October 3, 2021. Born in Bainbridge, Georgia, he was the son of the late Wesley Allen Duke and Margaret Thompson Duke. He served in the United States Navy. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Banking as well as from Louisiana State University, School of Banking.

Mr. Duke worked for 30 years at First Citizens Bank as a Senior Vice President and Regional Administrator until he retired. After retirement, he continued to serve on the Advisory Board at First Citizens Bank. He also served on the South Carolina Banker’s Board of Directors.

He was an active member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, serving as Lay Leader, Finance Chairman, and Chair of the Pastor Parish Committee. He served on many boards such as the Advisory Board of Visitors for Columbia College, the School Board in Pageland SC, the Board of White Plains Country Club, Chesterfield County Technical Center, and as Chairman of Chesterfield County Heart Association.

Mr. Duke was also a member of Forest Lake Country Club, the Columbia Sertoma Club, The Rotary Club, and the Dark Horseman of Dreher High School.

He was an avid Carolina Gamecock fan and golfer. He loved the beach, cowboy movies, and most of all he loved his wife, family, grandchildren, a great-grandson, and his friends.

Surviving are his wife, Judith Carter Duke; children, Sharon Amelia Duke Eubanks (Michael), Carter Lamar Duke, and Margaret Denise Duke; grandchildren, Lauren Amelia Eubanks Pollard (Eric) and Anna Elizabeth Eubanks Grier (William), Ashleigh Michael Eubanks, Carlyn Lee Duke, and Michael Carter Duke; great-grandchild, Austin Michael Pollard; and sister, Sara Margaret Duke Corley.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Willis Jenkins Duke, and Chester Allen Duke.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following charities in memory of Buddy Duke: Trenholm United Methodist Church, The Humane Society Columbia, South Carolina Epworth Children's Home


  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 7, 2021


Bernard Lamar "Buddy" Duke

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Fletcher Spigner III

October 13, 2021

I am so sorry. At First Citizens, I always enjoyed visiting Buddy's part of the state. He was consistently fun, professional and very supportive. My successes were due, in large measure, to him and his associates. They became family to me.

Fletcher Spigner III

Sherri Gaillard Jenkins

October 9, 2021

My Mr. Duke, My Mentor, My Teacher, My Friend… gave me my start in banking and groomed me for the roles that I hold today. I’ve loved you and your family like my family for many year. I will miss you, Sir. Judy, my sincere apologies on your loss as I know he adored the ground that you walked. Carter, friend, praying for you and the rest of your family.

Happy Trails, Buddy!

Iris Duke

October 7, 2021

The last name Duke originates from the Latin word Dux meaning leader, commander, captain, and so on. The name Duke represents strength and loyalty. Love for ones family and community. Buddy Duke wore this name proud. He embodied the Duke name in the way he lived his life. Always smiling, laughing, providing for his family. Making the most of every moment. Uncle Buddy was nothing short of the ordinary. You could spot his laugh from a mile away, and he was always ready to greet anyone with a hug. Always ready to spend summers at the beach surrounded by those he cherished. Every phone call we had he would say to tell Jimmy to buy me whatever I wanted because that’s what Willis would do. I like to think love is stronger than death. Even though love can’t stop death from happening, death can’t separate people from love. And even though the life given to us by nature is short, delicate, and curious. The life we live after is pure and righteous. Though Buddy’s golden heart stopped beating, we will never be separated from his love. We will never be separated from the Duke name that he has left behind for us to continue to honor. Although we lost someone we loved, we will learn not to live without him, but to live with the name and the love that was left behind.

Thank you Uncle Buddy for always showing me unconditional love and support.
-your loving niece,

Brenda Tomlin

October 7, 2021

Buddy was a dear friend from high school on. He was one of the kindest people and always lifted my spirits with his smile and greeting. We had such fun at the Mouse Trap with Judy and him, listening to “Just Us”, eating, and sharing memories.
Judy and family, I am holding you close in thought and prayer as you go through this season of sadness and loss.
In love,

Wayne Lovelace

October 6, 2021

I enjoyed working with Buddy very much as he always had First Citizens and it’s employees first and foremost in his mind.

Our profound sympathies to Judy and family connected with his passing.

Wayne and Lynda Lovelace

Cookie & Wanda David

October 5, 2021

One of the greatest pleasures of our lives was having Buddy as a friend. We shared so many great times with the Duke family in Pageland and tailgating at Carolina football games. You will always have a special place in our hearts! God bless you you all.
Cookie & Wanda

Pat Corley Jr

October 5, 2021

He was a good man. He will be missed.

Bonnie Nurick

October 5, 2021

My family knew Buddy (and Judy) for many years. My father, Harvey Rosen, owned a condo at Garden City Beach in the same building. When my husband and I came to the beach on vacation, we always visited. Our grandchildren even got to know him. He was a kind soul, had an infectious laugh and always had good stories to tell, and many of them about my father. He will be missed.
Our condolences to Judy and the whole family.

Jenny & Kirby Shealy

October 5, 2021

Kirby & I will miss so many things about Buddy. The stories he could tell and his expressions of kindness to everyone he met. He was a true gentleman in every way. Judy we are praying for you and your family. Hopefully Buddy's spirit and the memories of him will help comfort you during this time of loss. He was a good man and he so loved his family.

ginger funderburk

October 5, 2021

Memories are to last a life time , and that's just what I have with this sweet loving family . I will keep you all in my prayers as you began a new way of life without the one you love , but knowing he will always be in your heart , as well as mine and with that we all will be a better person due to the way he lived his life by example , loving the Lord as well as others his kindness , his love for his family and the joy of making people smile . God has truly gain a angel .
love to you all , and my precious Ms. Judy ,I will pray for courage , strength and Faith as you heal or just adjust to your new life .
love always Ginger Funderburk