H.C. Duke

77 year old H.C. Duke of Smithville died Friday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was retired from Ford Motors and a member of the Bethlehem Community Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. and Mike Satterfield will officiate and burial will be in the Hill View Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Denton and Ollie Durham Duke; a brother, Cordell Denton Duke and a daughter, Kathy Foster. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Lynn Malone Duke of Smithville. Three daughters, Queta and her husband Dale Seifker, Stephanie and her husband Danny Austin of Michigan and Theresa and her husband Ronnie Turner of Smithville. Nine grandchildren, Blake and Ashleigh Seifker, Sherry Austin, and Danny Austin, Jr. of Michigan, Tia Dillard, Tracy and Rocky Cassity, and Tayla Turner of Smithville, and Deidre and Rob Nelson of Arkansas. Seven great grandchildren. One brother, Dewey and his wife Lois Duke of Smithville. Two sisters, Oleda Pedigo of McMinnville and Brenda and her husband James Bayers of North Carolina. Special cousin, Hoyte Duke of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews and extended family also survive and his little poodle “Sugar”. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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