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Claude Duke,

Claude Vernon Duke, Jr. age 68, of Cleveland, died Wednesday November 24, 2010 at his home in Cleveland.  He was born on September 01, 1942 to Claude and Annie (Arendale) Duke, Sr in Marks, MS. Mr. Duke was a Graduate of Marks High School and North West Junior College where he obtained a degree in Electronic Engineering. Mr. Duke served in the US Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963.  He married Susan Hudspeth on February 05, 1969 in Cleveland.  He was a former sales clerk for Walker Welding for more than 30 years. Mr. Duke had several hobbies and interests which included membership in the Benoit Outing Club and Hunting Club, VFW, National Rifle Association as well as being an avid sportsman, watching sports, hunting and fishing. He was a Baptist.  Visitation will be held Saturday from 1:00 PM until funeral service at 2:00 PM at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Burial will be at the Delta Heights Memorial Gardens with the Reverend Thomas Bruce officiating the services. Pall-bearers will be his friends Gale Roark, Jerry Ainsworth, Ed Pollan, Ken Livingston, Hilton Tarver, Bobby Stanford, Murry Litton, Mickey Livingston, Rickey Livingston and Gerald Stanford. He is survived by wife of 41 years, Susan H. Duke of Cleveland, MS.  Son, Jeffery and wife (Beth) Duke of Cleveland, MS. Daughter, Renee husband (Troy) Metcalfe of New Windsor, NY.  3 Granddaughters, Arieanne Duke of New Windsor, NY, Morgan Duke of Cleveland, MS, Sydney Metcalfe of New Windsor, NY and a Grandson, Jason Bowen of Cleveland, MS. memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cleveland Funeral Home.

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I Loved Vernon like a brother. I Served with him on uss Compton DD-705 out of INewport ri.he was on of my best friends, I miss him dearly.called him every mth.he came home with me to va once.the whole Compton grew misses him. He was the life of the party at thev reunions.I am so glad I found him ahd was blessed to have him for a few more years,when I heard of his passing it broke my heart.when one of my x shipmates dies a little of me dies too.i love him like a brother

ron moody - January 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

with our deepiest sympathy god be with you always

ruthie and clyde victorino - November 30, 2010 at 06:31 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We never met but I wanted to extend my condolences to you and your family. My husband Bill served on the Compton with Mr. Duke and as you know they were and still are a very tight knit group and enjoyed their reunions so much. Jack Heidecker is so good about keeping me informed, I lost Bill eight years ago to cancer but still remember all the wonderful Navy stories. My heartfelt sympathy. Shirley Ormsbee

Shirley Ormsbee - November 30, 2010 at 06:09 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Met Mr. Duke when I worked at Cleveland Clinic. Always so nice and had a smile on his face. Doesn't seem like it was to long ago that I saw him and of course, he was smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Beth Childers - November 29, 2010 at 10:30 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Susan and family, I am so sorry about your loss. I enjoyed knowing Vernon the years I had my own business. He delivered helium to our balloon shop, and always had a smile. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. My sympathy and prayers are with you all. Blessings and love, Eileen

Eileen Murray - November 27, 2010 at 06:52 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Susan and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. We will miss "Duke" at the Compton reunions. Fred and Kathy

Fred & Kathleen Summerville - November 27, 2010 at 09:10 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss Vernon was a great friend and will be missed by all

frank m Bizzell - November 27, 2010 at 08:47 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM


BOBBY & JEANNE CARROLL - November 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM