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Clyde Duke

Clyde Barnwell Duke, 92, of Austin, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was born April 6, 1922, at Oak Grove to Howard and Jennie Duke. He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Floyd Duke, Guy Duke and Fred Duke; and his sisters, Elizabeth Plummer and Murl McCorkle.

Clyde was a World War II veteran who served his country in the 437th Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima. Decorations and citations include World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbons, AP Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Medals, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, Purple Heart, and National Defense Medal. He was retired from Timex Corporation in Little Rock. Clyde was a member of American Legion Post No. 200 in Lonoke and a Methodist. He loved the outdoors and was an honest, generous and loving family man.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64years, Betty Jo Dixon Duke of Austin; his son and daughter-in-law Paul and Vickie Duke of Beebe; his daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Dick Weigt of Conway; his daughter, Donna Cauley and his son-in-law Bill Cauley, both of North Little Rock. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian Duke of Beebe, Charray Ellis and her husband Mike of Cabot, Jonathan Weigt and his wife Laura of Conway, and Jason Cauley and his wife Reba of Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Kanada Weigt, Kyle, Hayes and Van Pruitt, J.D., Kalyn and Christopher Duke, Brayden and Emersyn Ellis, and Alex, Corbin and Knox Cauley. Two brothers also survive, Bob Duke of Cabot and Rex Duke of Ward, along with special life-long friends, Nell and C. E. Cochran.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. A celebration of his life will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Arrangements by Westbrook, a Smith Family Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com.

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