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Joseph McClendon Duck Jr.

June 9, 1921November 11, 2011

Joseph M. Duck, Jr.June 9, 1921- November 11, 2011 Sylacauga- Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Joseph M. Duck Jr., 90 will be held at First Baptist Church of Sylacauga on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 2PM. Reverend Tim Childers and Dr. Bill Dean will officiate the service. Burial will be held at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Duck died on Friday, November 11, 2011 in Sylacauga.Mr. Duck was recently reappointed by Governor Robert Bentley to his fourth term as chairman of his fourth term as chairman of the Talladega County Voter Registers. He owned and operated Duck's Jewelers for 53 years and is considered by many as a Sylacauga icon. He is a past president of the Alabama Retail Jewelers Association.Mr. Duck was born on June 9, 1921, in Bessemer, Alabama. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Craddock Duck; his parents, Joseph M. Duck Sr. and Ruth Thomas Duck; and one sister, Frances Duck.He is survived by one Daughter, Kim Duck Windsor and her husband, Ken, of Sylacauga; one grandson, Wes Watkins and his wife, Amy of Sylacauga; one granddaughter, Ginger Watkins Nix and her husband, Dr. Jeff Nix, of Washington, D.C.; two great granddaughters, Marlee and Maggie Watkins of Sylacauga; one great grandson, Judah Nix of Washington, D.C. and one brother, Robert M. Duck of Montgomery.Mr. Duck Graduated from Bessemer High School where he was on the track team, in the band, and served as president of the student body. As a child, one of his uncles carried him to an air show at Roberts Field near Birmingham where he met Charles Lindberg. That meeting kindled his love for flying which grew over the years. and eventually led his to train as a fighter pilot in the U. S. Navy. He graduated from the Pensacola Air Academy in 1945. At the end of World War II. His love for flying continued after the war and he served in the Reserves as a pilot until 1958. Mr. Duck was Commander of the civil Air patrol in Sylacauga for many years. He was an active member of the American Legion Post #45.He came to Sylacauga after the war to join his dad who owned a jewelry store. He followed in his dad's foot-steps and became a Master Watchmaker specializing as a railroad watch inspector. He was married to former Betty Craddock in 1948.Mr. Duck became a charter member of the Sylacauga Kiwanis Club in 1954 an done of the club's first Board of Directors members. He has a record of 57 years and four months of perfect attendance, one of the longest perfect attendance streaks in the History of the Kiwanis International. He served on almost every committee and has served on the board numerous times and in 2008 was named Lifetime Honorary Member of the Sylacauga Kiwanis Club Board of Directors. He was named Kiwanian of the Year in 1995; and was recipient of the George F. Hixson fellow award-one of the highest individual awards that a Kiwanian can receive, and one of only six Sylacauga Kiwanis's to achieve the honor.Visitation will be held at Curtis and Son Funeral Home North Chapel on Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 5pm until 8pm. The body will lie in state prior to the service from 1-2PM.Honorary pallbearers will be members of the First Baptist Church of Sylacauga Keystone sunday School Class. Active pallbearers will be Bill Coker, Jim Heigl, Ron Johnson, Earl Lewis, Steve Sprayberry and Jerry Walker. Online condolences at www.curtisandsonfh.com. Curtis and Son North Chapel will direct the service.

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Mitzi Ford

November 6, 2012

It's hard to believe that it's almost a year now since Mr. Duck's passing. He truly was an icon. Still saddens me to pass his store when going thru Sylacauga.But, we know he's in a much better place and having a grand time - he's really up in the clouds now for sure! A true gentleman that loved life.

Gene Cook

January 9, 2012

ya con Dios, Joe. I'll see you soon over there. GENE COOK

Richard Bivin

December 8, 2011

Joe was a real friend to many and an asset to the town and area. I know you are proud of his legacy and will miss him deeply.
His brother Bob was a good friend of mine too, though I did not see him often.
dick@bivin.net

December 4, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Nell Parker Talladega ,Al.

Kim Mims

November 15, 2011

Mr. Duck was such a joy to be around. I never walked down the hall at the County Building that he didn't speak to me. I have known him for years and he was truly a special friend and he will certainly be missed. He will be remembered for all the joy that he brought to others.

Barry McAnally

November 14, 2011

Joe was my neighbor, friend, and truly a positive influence on my life. A part of him will live on in all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Catherine Rusch

November 14, 2011

Dear Kim, I loved my time with you and your parents especially during those transitional middle school years. Just thinking of your dad (and mom) makes me smile. I had no idea of all his other outstanding accomplishments - Navy military service - Kiwanas - in addition to being a cornerstone for Sylacauga. Truly an icon and always will be loved, Catherine Rea Rusch

Mark Doriety

November 14, 2011

My condolences to the Duck family. We will keep you in our prayers.

November 14, 2011

IN THIS SEASON OF LOSS AND GRIEF, MAY GOD COMFORT YOU THROUGH HIS PROMISES AND THROUGH THE LOVE OF THOSE WHO PRAY FOR YOU......EDWINA K. WHITE, SYLACAUGA

Thomas Harris

November 14, 2011

Joe Duck was a good man. I got to meet him several times at the County building in Sylacauga. We often talked about many things. He was very kind to me and we spoke of our military time, and about things that are going on in the area. Joe, you will be missed. My deepest sympathy to your family. I will continue to pray for your family and will continue to keep you in my thoughts.

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