Escol "Curly" Henry Duke, 89, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
He was born on February 26,1930, where he grew up in the Walter Community. Curly has been actively involved in community services such as the Water Board Chairman and Assistant Fire Chief for the Volunteer Fire Dept., and he also served as Voting Beat Chairman for over 25 years. He served his country in the Korean War and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Walter Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Judy Duke; son, Mitch (Kathy) Duke; daughter-in-law, Derinda Duke; grandchildren, Tyler Duke, Jessica (Steven) Jordan, Nathan Duke; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Jordan and Henry Jordan; brother Johnny (Linda) Duke, brother-in-law Ralph Schnelle, and sister-in-law Stella Duke.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Duke; son, Mike Duke; parents, Jack and Fannie Duke; brother, C.W. Duke; sisters, Rachel Schnelle and Jackie Ellard.
Pallbearers are Tyler Duke, Nathan Duke, Steven Jordan, Henry Jordan, Neil Foust, Phillip Hicks, and Steven O'Brien.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at Duck River Baptist Church with Sherman Bailey officiating. His body will lie in state for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Duck River Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Rick Gober and staff, and Kindred Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Duck River Cemetery fund.
Published on September 27, 2019


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