John S. Duck, Sr., of Newburgh, NY, died at home peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday morning, February 14, 2009. He was 77.
John Duck was born October 1, 1931 in the city of Raleigh, NC to John A. Duck and Minnie Ophelia Singletary Duck. After the death of his father at an early age, his mother moved to Lumberton, NC, where John grew up and attended first and secondary schools. Upon graduation from high school, he attended and graduated from North Carolina A&T University, where he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force on May 26, 1971 in the rank of Captain.
While stationed at Stewart Airfield, John met and married Willa Dean Banks of Jenkinjones, WV on December 10, 1956. In their 53-year union, John and Willa had three sons: John Jr. of Newburgh, Zachary Keith of Manassas, VA and Glenn Augustus of Richmond, VA. After military service, John took a position with the New York State Division for Youth, Goshen Secure Center; where he subsequently retired after more than 25 years of dedicated service as a Managing Supervisor in December 1989.
John S. Duck, Sr. joined Ebenezer Baptist Church in 1957 where he continued his Christian faith until the time of his passing. His diligent work at Ebenezer included, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee - Board of Directors at Burton Towers, and Director of the Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, respectively. John owes his years of success to his belief in God and his service to all mankind. "Service before sell" was his calling.
He leaves to lament his home going: a wife, Willa D.; three sons: John, Jr., Zachary K. and his wife, Nina, and Glenn A.; ten grandchildren: Tyisha Branham, Lashanda Herring, Natalie Duck, Jonathon Duck, III, Brittany Duck, Lindsay Duck, Arielle Duck, Sonya Duck, Sarah Duck, and Zachary K. Duck, II; two great grandchildren, Ayanna and Amir Branham; two sisters, Minnie Ruth Wesley and her husband Alfred of Valdosta, GA and Francis Williams and her husband, J.C. of Valdosta, GA; four sister-in-laws: Eugenia Owens and her husband, Howard of New Windsor, Athalene Elliot and her husband, Tulus of Antioch, CA, Greta Vaught and her husband, Emory of Odenton, MD and Mary Coleman and her husband, William of Glen Dale, MD; seven brother-in-laws: Carson Banks, Sr. and his wife, Dorothy of Mitchellville, MD, Elsworth Banks and his wife, Shirley of Newburgh, Fermon Banks of Jacksonville, NC, Earnest Banks and his wife, Ruth of New Windsor, Billy Banks and his wife, Patricia of Bluefield, WV, Twyman Banks and his wife, Charlotte of Roanoke, VA and Maurice Banks of Bluefield, WV; along with numerous nieces, nephews, as well as a host of extended family and wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John A. and Minnie Ophelia Duck; and a sister, Grace Elizabeth Ward.
Calling hours were held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Friday, February 20th, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 76 First St., Newburgh, NY with the funeral following. Internment was at Orange County Veterans Cemetery, Goshen, NY.
Rhodes Funeral Homes, was entrusted with professional arrangements.