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Duke, Ralph Junior -

Beechgrove - Funeral services for Mr. Ralph Junior Duke, age 95, of Beechgrove, TN will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tommy Underwood officiating. Burial will follow in Gilley Hill Cemetery in Cannon Co., TN. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the funeral home. Mr. Duke passed from this life surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN.

Ralph was born in Bradyville, TN to the late Cecil and Novella Duke. He retired from Caterpillar Tractor Company after 33 years. Ralph worked even after his retirement, farming and doing other jobs. He was a simple man who didn’t ask for much, but the love of his friends and family. Ralph was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, Ralph is also preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Atkins. He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Marcia Duke; three sons, Ralph (Deborah), Roger, and Richard (Shirley); one daughter, Peggy Richiger (Walter); eight grandchildren, Brendan Duke, Alex Duke, Ryan Duke, Dylan Duke, Bill Losher, Jimmy Losher, Kayla Duke, and Josie Bates; six great-grandchildren, Lilly, Scoute, Elaina, Kaden, Madison, and Tyler.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Duke family.

Services

Visitation
Starts: 4/16/19 at 5:00pm
Ends: 4/16/19 at 8:00pm
Coffee County Funeral Chapel
Manchester, TN 37355

Funeral Service
Starts: 4/17/19 at 11:00am
Coffee County Funeral Chapel
Manchester, TN 37355

Burial
Starts: 4/17/19 at 12:00pm
Gilley Hill Cemetery
Bradyville, TN 37026

Tributes

Angie Wiser says:

Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family .

Bridgette Wiser & Glen Espy says:

Loved and Sadly Missed. I Knew You as " Uncle Ralph " . Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family.

E. Kay Toler says:

My deepest condolences for Ms. Marcia and all the family. Mr. Ralph, was very kind and friendly.

Pamela (Gilley) Dehmlow & Paul Dehmlow says:

Ralph grew up with my father, S.H. Gilley, and was a lifelong friend of our family. They went into the military service together, moved to Illinois after WWII, and then retired back to Tennessee, the childhood home they loved. I remember Ralph and his family from my childhood on as a close friend to my family and as stated above a simple man (like my father) who loved life, family and his home. Thank you Ralph for being one of the "Greatest Generation" !!

Randy & Cindy Harrell says:

Ralph was a great neighbor of ours for 30 years. If you needed help Ralph was always there to help. We had a lot of laughs with some of the other neighbors ( Terry and Wayne) and I am thankful for all of the years living next door. You will be really missed.

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Coffee County Funeral Chapel
Coffee County Funeral Chapel
786 McMinnville Hwy
Manchester, TN 37355
(931) 723-3330
http://www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com/