05/19/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Cecil Duke

Cecil Lee Duke
(12 Sep 1938 - 17 May 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1956


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news today. 

From the Daily Press - 05/19/06:

    Cecil Lee Duke  


SUFFOLK - Cecil Lee Duke, 67, passed away May 17, 2006, in the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. Born Sept. 12, 1938, in Newport News, Va., he was the son of the late John Hardy and Alease Holland Duke and brother of the late Randolph H. Duke. Mr. Duke was a 1956 graduate of Newport News High School and for many years worked for P. W. Hiden Storage and Forwarding Company and then established his own company, Duke Bookkeeping Service. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, where he sang in the Chancel Choir, served on the Finance Committee and as a Church Teller. He was a member of the Prime Time Singers. Survivors include his wife, Sally Robeson Davidson Duke; stepdaughter and husband, Lovie D. and Bill Barnhill of Sunbury, N.C.; stepson and wife, Dave and Frances Davidson of Suffolk; brother and wife, Raymond H. and Barbara Duke of Newport News; brother-in-law, Linton Robeson, and sister-in-law Jeanne Robeson, both of Yorktown; sister-in-law, Lane Spratley and husband, Robert, of Newport News; sister-in-law, Lynda Duke of Wichita Falls, Texas; four grandchildren, Jessica Davidson, Chase Davidson, Braxton Barnhill and Meredith Barnhill; several nieces, nephews, other family members and many beloved friends. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Main Street United Methodist Church by the Rev. Robert J. Parks Jr. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street United Methodist Church 'Foundation for Our Future' fund, 202 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434; the Peninsula Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 377, Newport News, VA 23607; or the Wichita Falls Railroad Museum, P.O. Box 4242, Wichita Falls, TX 76308. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com.

Published in the Daily Press on 5/19/2006.
Guest Book

Cecil Lee Duke  
Fall of 1955  

Martha and John Boardman (Shepherdstown, WV ) - May 19, 2006
Violet Peele (Oklahoma City, OK ) - May 19, 2006
Dear Ray, Barbara and the rest of the Duke clan.

We were saddened to hear of the loss of Cecil and will lift all of you up in prayer as you endure these trying times. May god bless and be with you.

Newport News (Host) Lions club
Brenda and Jay Musser (Hampton, VA ) - May 19, 2006
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

I worked with Cecil for many years at Hiden Storage and JP Taylor.
Alice Bartley (Yorktown, VA ) - May 20, 2006
Dear Sally and family. Suzie and I are sad at hearing about Cecil. He was a joy to know. I never heard him complain. He was always pleasant to be around. We were honored to be in ministry with him. I'm sure he'll help to "simonize" all the watches in heaven. May God hold you in his arms and give you comfort and peace. Love always. Bill and Suzie Walters.
Bill & Suzie Walters (Roanoke, VA ) - May 20, 2006
Cousin Sally, Julie & I were sorry to hear about Cecil. Mother (Frances Robeson Hedin) had told us that he was ill, but we did not know how serious it was. We pray for God's mercy & comfort in this time of grief for your family.
Robert & Julie Amsler (Catlett, VA ) - May 20, 2006
I remember when I helped my Dad on the Millner's Warwick Farms (milk) truck and we delivered to Mason's Grocery on Huntington Ave. Cecil and brother Raymond worked there. They were the backbone of the shop!
Steve Veazey (Williamsburg, VA ) - May 20, 2006

   We extend our deepest sympathies to Cecil's family and friends.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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