Justine Hope Perry Duke

Born on January 22, 1926

Departed on December 28, 2013 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Justine Hope Perry Duke
January 22, 1926 ヨ December 28, 2013

Justine Perry Duke passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013, after a three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Born and raised in Davidson County, she was a graduate of Isaac Litton High School in 1944 and returned to Litton to serve as secretary to the Principal for five years. In 1953 she married Harold Wesley Duke and devoted her time to raising their four children. She was predeceased in death by her husband; a daughter, Leslie Elaine Duke; grandson, Tyler Garrett Duke; three brothers, AD Perry, Jr, Edwin Perry and Kenneth Perry; and two sisters, Helen Perry and Evelyn Rives.
She is survived by three sons ヨ George (Lucy) Duke of Baltimore, Ken Duke of Hendersonville and Stan (Lisa) Duke of Knoxville. She is also survived by six grandchildren ヨ Elizabeth, Weston, Robert, Molly, Hope,and Yuan Yuan, and three remaining sisters ヨ Mary Grissom of Madison, Bonnie (Clay) Marrs of Johnson City and Nancy (EW) Hoover of Hendersonville.
Mrs. Duke was a lifelong active member of the Litton Alumni Association where she served in several officer positions. She was also a member for over 60 years of the Nashville chapter of Beta Sigma Pi, a women's service organization. She had also been a member of the Hendersonville Church of Christ and National Association of Retired Federal Employees for over 35 years.
Visitation will be on December 30 between 2 pm ヨ 8 pm at Cole and Garrett Funeral Home in Goodlettsville. The funeral service will be held on December 31 at Hendersonville Church of Christ at 11 am. The internment will be at 10 am on January 1 at Spring Hill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Mrs. Duke's sons and grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Nan Batey, Joan Pendergrass, Melody Bowers, Nancy Puryear Haskins, members of the Lunch Bunch of Hendersonville Church of Christ, Gray Potter, Litton Class of 1944 and other members of the Isaac Litton Alumni Association, sorority sisters of Beta Sigma Pi and members of NARFE.
The family would like to recognize and thank Alive Hospice and a special thank you to Sue Keeter as her special care giver. In lieu of flowers, the family asks the memorials be made to the Leslie Duke Scholarship Endowment at the University of Tennessee at Martin or to the Tyler Duke Foundation.

12 Comments to Justine Hope Perry Duke

  1. lisa
    June 14, 2001 12:00 am

    Praying God will strengthen you during this time and continue to keep you and your family. LGant

  2. Kevin
    June 14, 2001 12:00 am

    George, Stan &Ken,
    I am so sorry that I didn’t know about your mom before tonight. I would have loved to visit with you guys. I lost my mom about 10 weeks ago. Hope we can see each other down the road
    Kevin

  3. Cheryl Lewis
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Stan and Lisa, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Knowing Stan, I know that she was an incredible woman. I regret that I was unable to get to the service. Love your family!

  4. Sandy & Mickey Miller
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Dear “Boys” (that’s how I always thought of you),
    Your dad hired me in 1972 and that job changed my future. I will always be grateful.

    I was 20 years old when I first met your Mom. She hosted a bridal tea for Christine Miller (fiance of Larry Miller) and the USSS wives and this was my first time to meet any of the wives! I was truly terrified about going. (Found out later that all the wives were scared to meet your mom.) Your mom was the perfect hostess….every hair in place, make up/jewelry. In 1994 it was my turn to be a SAIC’s wife hosting a Christmas party. I fell short in my hostess skills compared to her’s. Over the years, Mickey and I would try to stop by and see your Dad when we were passing through Nashville, and your mom always joined us at the nursing home. I feel like she was so strong in her faith that it helped her through life’s tragedies. Every year (in our Christmas correspondence) she would say how happy she was that Mickey and I were traveling and enjoying life. I’m sorry to lose her and I wish I could have come to pay my respects. Just know that she was my friend…even though I still called her Mrs. Duke and not Justine (like she signed her letters) 🙂
    Sandy Dycus Miller

  5. Jack Sandlin
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Hey Guys, Sorry to hear about your mom. Our parents shared many good times together. I remember one time in particular your dad served Bar-B-Q Deer.

  6. Nancy McDougal
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I thought a lot of Justine. She was smart & caring & a great secretary @ Litton. I will miss her calls.

  7. Jack & Brenda Frye
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Justine was a wonderful Lady and we will greatly miss her

  8. Lynn-nore Chittom
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    My Aunt Justine was a beautiful and wonderful person who loved her family and was committed to living her life as a testimony of that love. I will always cherish the many wonderful childhood memories of Easters and Thanksgivings at Aunt Justine and Uncle Harold’s. Her devotion to her family, her childhood friends and the Lord were a constant witness to me and I know I am better for having known her. George, Ken and Stan, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your mother was an amazing woman and I feel so very blessed to be a part of her extended family.

  9. Missy Sanders
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    Mrs. Duke I thank you for the blessing you brought into my life. I was honored to work for you these past four years and am so thankful for your friendship, Christian guidance, encouragement, and love. I so looked forward to seeing you every Wednesday and will miss you terribly.
    I loved hearing stories of your precious family that you loved so very much. Thank you for sharing your family with me.
    I enjoyed your life lessons and the advice you gave me. I will miss your sweet smile and the twinkle in your eyes.
    I will never forget you.

  10. Alice King Stoddard
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I fondly remember how Justine loved all the students She was a friend to every one and was very protective of us,we loved her equally as much.

  11. Alan Schwartz
    November 30, -0001 12:00 am

    I wish to send condolences to Justine’s family. We were both members of NARFE
    Chapter 859. She was a nice lady.

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