Halsey Douglas Dukes

April 11, 2012December 31, 2016
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Halsey Douglas Dukes ran out of extra lives on December 31, 2016, at the age of 4 years old. After squashing numerous Koopa Troopas, Goombas, and Bullet Bills, he was unexpectedly defeated by a brief but very aggressive illness in Austin, Texas. He was born April 11, 2012, son of Derek Marshall Dukes and Julie Ann Grayson-Dukes. When not playing Super Mario, watching Paw Patrol, and pioneering new ways to eat ketchup, he attended preschool classes at Block House Creek Elementary in Leander, Texas.

Some people are said to burn the candle at both ends; Halsey’s whole candle was a white-hot flame his entire life. He was energetic and sweet, he was friendly and outgoing, he was a bottomless well of happiness to everyone around him, and, boy howdy, our little Halseymonster loved to dance to anything with a good beat. His absence leaves a hole that can never be filled.

Halsey is survived by his parents, Derek and Julie; his sister Coraline; and his brothers Logan, Todd, and Danny. He also leaves behind his paternal grandparents, Douglas and Stacey Dukes of Liberty Hill, Texas; his paternal great-grandmother, Barbara Dukes of Austin, Texas; his maternal grandparents, John and Mary Kay Nussbaum of Fischer, Texas, and Rachel Henderson of Morristown, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Weldon Kelley Lorraine, great-grandmother, Patsy Stotts, and great-grandfathers, Bill Dukes and Johnnie Stotts.

A memorial service to celebrate Halsey's life will be at 3:30 P.M. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown, Texas.

Arrangements under the direction of Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512) 863-2564.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 7, 2017

Halsey Douglas Dukes

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Logan Dukes

April 24, 2018

He was always sweet, and kind. I miss my brother. He was an awesome person. I just want this all to end.

lora jurgrau

May 19, 2017

I am sorry for your loss he looks so adorable and alive
and so young

LuAnn Bowein

January 7, 2017

I am so incredibly sorry. Love to sweet Coraline who loved and cared for her little brother with such joy and understanding.

Kimberly Hutchinson

January 6, 2017

My heart is empty today after hearing sweet, energetic and such a smart little has left this earth. Halsey, you are always on my mind and in my heart. You will truly be missed. I am sending prayers to the Dukes family.

Barbara Erwin

January 6, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find light in the darkness.

Doug Dukes

January 5, 2017

There is a place in my heart that will always be empty. You will always be loved and always be missed.

tim & allison moyer

January 4, 2017

I simply can't imagine the grief of losing a child. I know we all worry when they get sick when they're little. I made innumerable trips to the emergency room with both of mine when they were little, but you always think they'll get better. We have such confidence in our medical resources, but clearly it doesn't always result in everyone living happily ever after. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. May you and your family find the strength you need to make it through these terrible days and peace be with you

April Rock

January 4, 2017

My heart aches for your sweet family and anyone that met Halsey. What an amazing little boy! I had the pleasure of seeing him at school and he was always happiest, little firecracker and loved to give hugs, even the one time I saw him when he was sick. His sweet little life was way too short, but we are all better people to have known him!

Kate Hayward

January 4, 2017

I cannot even begin to imagine. . . I'm so very sorry for your huge loss.

Renee Blackmon

January 4, 2017

My heart aches for the Duke family. May the many memories you have of Halsey bring you comfort.