OBITUARY

James Donald Duke III

April 20, 1957May 3, 2019
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James Donald Duke, III, 62, of Rustburg passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at his residence. Born April 20, 1957, in Pulaski, he was the son of the late James Donald Duke, Jr. and the late Effie Quessenberry Duke.

James was a journeyman machinist for AMG. He was a loving son, father and brother. James loved to hunt and ride motorcycles, and was a member of the Buzzards Riding Association.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his half-sister.

James is survived by his son, Tyler Duke of Wilton Manors, FL; his stepdaughter, Ashley Massie (Beau Ware); an uncle, Skip Duke of Pulaski; and two grandchildren, Willow Ware and Stone Ware.

A memorial service will be conducted 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Celebrant Polly Starnes officiating. The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.

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John Stevens

May 8, 2019

Duke what can I say you where a great person and my best friend I will never forget you for you taught me a lot and we had fun together it want be the same around here with out you but I promise to carry on like we would do , I love you man and will never forget you until we meet in heaven my friend I'll have a fireball for both of us

C.W. and Janet Nunn

May 7, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many of us in the neighborhood. Duke was a great neighbor. He was only the second person to live in his house. The Sames built the house. He was fixing it up and it looked nice inside, too. We came to Lynchburg in 1972 so we are the 2nd oldest family here on this street.

When he first moved on the corner my husband was the first to introduce himself to the neighborhood. I asked my husband what was his name. He said, 'all I know is Duke.' That's the way men are. :) So when I got a chance I asked him full real name. He had a good laugh over this one.
On Christmas I always tried to take him some goodies thinking he probably did not do a lot of cooking/baking. Boy did I get a surprise. He bought me some goodies later, and then another time we were talking about the old family house he was fixing up. He bought us some ham biscuits he made. I told him he was going to have to show me how 'again' b/c I lost my skills on this one. We all enjoyed his chicken dip he bought along at our stew in October 2018. And I was sure to return the pot holder as he said it was special & it had been his mama's.
He was nice and cared for all those around him. He had a gentle soul. Rest in peace Duke. Prayers for the family and friends Duke left behind.
2 Corinthians 5:6 ~So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

Bo Heatherley

May 6, 2019

Duke,, you were one of, if not the kindest people I ever met. It was an honor to call you a friend and fellow Buzzard. You baked for our bake sales, rode in every poker run or fundraiser, and was there anytime anyone need a helping hand. You were the perfect example of a great human and friend. Rest In Peace my friend. You will be missed.....

Nichole Jones

May 6, 2019

Duke, your memory will live on forever in all of our lives that you touched with your friendship and kindness. I know you are in Heaven making biscuits, pasta salad (my favorite that you made for me often) and chicken! Mike and I will miss you. RIP my friend!
Mike and Nichole Jones

Sam and Debbie Cash

May 6, 2019

Sending thoughts and prayers. He was one of the kindest people you will ever meet.

Loretta Williams

May 6, 2019

I knew him from riding motorcycles and through other friends . He had a great ❤️ heart.
He was truly a sweet,caring, humble man that was carefree and would do anything for anybody and who loved to cook and always talked about his family. Always smiling. He will truly be missed. Sending prayers to the family. Go rest high my friend I will definitely miss you.

Tami Stevens

May 6, 2019

I'm still in shock, Duke, I don't even want to believe you're gone. I will forever treasure our friendship, and keep your memory alive in my heart. I'm sure gonna miss not having your famous pasta salad and chicken dip for all of my special occasions. I love you, Buddy! See ya in Heaven one sweet day.

Brian Miller

May 6, 2019

Had some good times from early 80s to early 90s. I moved away but he was never forgotten. Miss those times and will miss you !

Billy White

May 6, 2019

My Friend you will be missed by everyone who ever had the honor to have met you ! You were a true friend to all ! Thanks for all the great times we shared together ! Go rest high Brother and ride that Harley God has for you in Heaven ! Billy

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Biography

James Donald Duke, III, 62, of Rustburg passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at his residence. Born April 20, 1957, in Pulaski, he was the son of the late James Donald Duke, Jr. and the late Effie Quessenberry Duke.

James was a journeyman machinist for AMG. He was a loving son, father and brother. James loved to hunt and ride motorcycles, and was a member of the Buzzards Riding Association.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his half-sister.

James is survived by his son, Tyler Duke of Wilton Manors, FL; his stepdaughter, Ashley Massie (Beau Ware); an uncle, Skip Duke of Pulaski; and two grandchildren, Willow Ware and Stone Ware.

A memorial service will be conducted 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2019, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Celebrant Polly Starnes officiating. The family will receive friends following the service until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.