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Sunday May 23rd, 2021
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery
Monday May 24th, 2021

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Shirley Lee Duke

Shirley Lee Duke, 86, of Suffolk, VA passed away Thursday, May 20, 2021. He was the son of the late Clifton J. Duke and Cherry B. Duke. He was predeceased by seven siblings, Clifton Morrison Duke, Marion Junius Duke, Herman Byrd Duke, Marjorie Brinkley Copeland, James Elisha Duke and Clifton Louis Duke.

Mr. Duke was a member of Beech Grove UMC and worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad for 34 years. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather and friend to anyone who knew him. He loved a good cup of coffee and always loved to tell stories and have conversation with friends and family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Charlotte H. Duke and sons, James Clifton Duke (Barbara) of Portsmouth, VA, and William Alan Duke (Laura) of Newsoms, VA, along with 4 grandchildren, Jimmy, Hillary, Parker, and Nicholas.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 3 PM to 5 PM at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk, VA. A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at 11 AM at Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery on Holland Rd. Suffolk, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial donations be made to Beech Grove UMC, 4251 Driver Lane Suffolk, VA 23435, or a charity of choice. Condolences may be registered online at RWBakerFH.com.

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Dear Duke Family,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Shirley. He was a wonderful person. Never met a stranger and loved to talk. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H, Williams Jun 2 2021 4:56 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Duke

Patricia Bristow May 28 2021 10:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Duke

Mary Jernigan May 28 2021 6:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Duke

Richard and Joanne Derring May 26 2021 4:20 PM

Mr. Duke was the finest gentleman I ever worked for at N&W/NS. He was a fair and kind man, speaking only of the good in a situation. While attending to the task at hand, he made sure you understood his appreciation of your work. His demeanor was not unnoticed as everybody wanted to assist him when he required help. I am sure this was also recognized in his personal life as it was I feel it was truly sincere.
My deepest condolences to his family and friends for this loss.

Rick Butt May 25 2021 6:06 PM

Shirley was a long time friend. I grew up with he and his Duke brothers and sister. After my wife got sick, Shirley would call me just about every week to find out how she was doing. This meant a lot to me and I really enjoyed talking to him..He will be missed but he not in pain anymore and that is a blessing to his family. Shirley, thanks for all the phone calls and chats when we run into each other. I will never forget you.

Jimmie Copeland May 24 2021 5:46 PM

Our prayers are with Charlotte and the Duke family as you grieve the loss of a wonderful man. Shirley would call the Beech Grove office and we would have such delightful conversations. You will be missed, Shirley!

Leslie Hines May 24 2021 11:06 AM

We love you pa pa and will never forget you, you will always be in our heart and we know you will always be watching over us!!

Parker and Nicholas May 24 2021 6:45 AM

Shirley and my mom went to school together and were life long friends. He always made sure I got my Easter eggs every year. I will miss seeing him at George's. He was a very kind man that always brightened your day with his smile and enthusiasm for life. My heartfelt condolences to the family on the loss of this wonderful man.

Lisa Weaver Jones May 23 2021 9:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Shirley Duke

Joanne Derring May 23 2021 8:42 PM

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