Joe Thomas Duncan Sr., 94, of Weatherford, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
Service was Saturday, Aug. 24, at Laurel Land Funeral Home’s Chapel in Dallas. Officiating pastor was Rev. Zack Crook, from Friendship Baptist Church, Weatherford. Burial was at Laurel Land Cemetery.
He was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Hunt County, Texas, in a community known as Hickory Creek, to James David Duncan and lcie Mae (Crawley) Duncan Walker. He attended school in Hunt County with classmates who remained lifelong friends. In 1939, Joe proudly graduated from Celeste High School.
After graduation, Joe served in the Texas National Guard. In 1942, he entered the United States Army-Air Force where he served as a mess staff sergeant until his honorable discharge in 1946. During his enlistment, he was awarded the following medals: American Defense Service, American Theater Campaign, Good Conduct and World War II Victory.
On Oct. 15, 1943, Joe married the love of his life, Imogene Walker, in Wolfe City, Texas.
After his military discharge, Joe and Imogene lived in the following Texas cities: Dallas, Duncanville and Weatherford. Together they raised three sons and one daughter. They missed celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary by just five days.
After his honorable discharge from the military, he was employed by Mrs. Baird’s Bakeries Inc. and worked out of their Dallas facility. During his retirement, Joe spent the remainder of his life enjoying his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was kind hearted and friendly with a deep love for the Lord. He was proud to serve as a deacon at South Beckley Baptist Church in Dallas, First Baptist Church in Duncanville and as an honorary deacon at Friendship Baptist Church in Weatherford.
Joe touched the lives of many people and his loss will be greatly felt. He left this world peacefully and has now entered Heaven.
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Judy Duncan, of Weatherford, James and Tina Duncan, of Kemp, and David and Yvonne Duncan, of Mount View, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and James Danford, of Weatherford; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Mr. Duncan was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene (Walker) Duncan; parents, James David Duncan and lcie Mae (Crawley) Duncan Walker; stepfather, Leslie Lynn Walker; and one sister, Ruth (Duncan) Walker.