Hueytown, Ala. – Dr. John Duke was a special figure in the Hueytown community. Recognized as a talented dentist, John Duke was beloved by many. John passed away peacefully the morning of March 12th in the mountains of Montana that he loved. His niece, Meloni Birtley had the following to say, “He was small in stature, but oh what a giant! He was a man of integrity. He was the most unselfish person I’ve ever known. He was an excellent student of God’s word and an awesome Bible class teacher! He was passionate about His Lord, his family, his animals, his community and Auburn football. He was a lover of bluegrass music. He was a fierce competitor in all he did. He was always doing nice things for others because that is who he was! Many of these things he did anonymously because he didn’t want recognition or credit. He looked for the best in everyone he met. He was a simple man that lived a simple life, but oh the impact of that life on those around him. It was a privilege and an honor to love him and be loved by him. He was a huge presence in my life. I will miss him but I am grateful that he’s in the presence of His Lord. In the words of one of his favorite Doyle Lawson songs, “He’s leaving the land of the dying to lay hold on eternal life!” Go rest high on that mountain John! You were one of a kind, the best of the best, the world was a better place with you in it and we are the better for having known you.” Our condolences to the family of Dr. John Duke. On Friday, the show was dedicated to John. You can listen to the dedication below.
John Duke (1946-2018)