|Birth: ||Jan. 9, 1933|
|Death: ||Jun. 23, 2011|
Eulogy – Lester Duke
Written: June 24, 2011
by Granddaughters Crissy Wallace & Shanna Crawford
We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of Lester Dale Duke, a dedicated husband, loving father, warmhearted grandfather and wonderful friend to many.
The Lord called Lester early Thursday, June 23, 2011 to join his kingdom.
Looking back on the beautiful life of Lester, he was born on January 9, 1933 in Gilmer, Texas.
He was raised a small town country boy and went to a very small country school.
He grew into a fine man and made the decision to join the United States Army where he fearlessly served for 2 years and then took a job thereafter at Texas Instruments where he retired in 1991 after many years of dedicated service.
Lester had 4 children Marsha, Rickey, Charlotte and Twanna then met and married his wonderful wife Louise, who also had 4 children, Royce, W.O., Randall and Curtis.
They lived a blessed life together, it was very common to find them watching Lester's all-time favorite team the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
He often had friends and family over on game day because everyone knew just where he would be - come game time!
He was probably the biggest Cowboys fan anyone ever met and could recall players for many years past so if you wanted him on game day he would be eating peanut patties or peanut brittle and rooting his team play-by-play from his special spot on his comfortable couch in his Garland home. Football was his favorite sport to watch, but bowling was his favorite sport to play, he had a true passion for bowling – they say he threw the straightest strike you have ever seen. Trust me, there was NO style and definitely NO grace, but it was the deadliest strike you ever laid you eyes on.
After what seemed like the blink of an eye the children grew up and Lester and Louise became "Papa" and "Granny Lou or Meemaw" to their 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren who they simply adored.
Papa and Meemaw could not have been happier, and you could see it as Papa would call the kiddos up into his lap and offer them a piece of candy, his cheeks as rosy-red as Santa's on Christmas Eve. He would giggle with delight and squeeze those "babies" (as he would call them) into his round over-all-covered belly every chance he got.
Anyone that knows Lester knows that he was always a family man; he lived to support and please his wife and children.
Many people recall him as being that ONE PERSON you could always call on if you needed help, just call and he was there in an instant.
He had that electric personality, and he treated every person he ever met like he had known them forever so he truly never met a stranger.
He was just a jolly man full of life, charm, vigor and energy and simply always happy.
In his free time he loved to listen to Jerry Clower on tape. Everyone says you could hear him across the house laughing out loud every time the punch line of the joke was stated, and we would all get a kick out of catching him laughing prematurely, even before the punch line was stated because he had heard the jokes so many times before he knew what was coming, but he still couldn't contain the laughter!
He was quite a mess when it came to his appetite – that man loved to eat! He LOVED eating catfish but he very seldom went out by himself and since Louise didn't care for catfish he would often call the boys to go with him and what a time they had! Catfish wasn't his only favorite though, he LOVED taking drives out to East Texas and stopping at a place called Docs Pittsburg Hot Links, he would pull up to a place that honestly looked like a condemned building to the untrained eye, not many would even have the courage to enter through those doors -- so much so that Louise wouldn't even get out of the car! She was not stepping one foot in that place, but she told him to go on and get what he came for, the famous hot links they served on paper plates that he loved so much – so yes, that man was an eater and he definitely had his favorites.
e had many favorite places he stopped on the way to do his favorite thing in the world. He absolutely treasured going to pay respect to friends and families gravesites that had been called to the Lord before him. He found joy in maintaining the sites and setting out fresh floral arrangements on a regular basis.
But you know, that was just the kind of guy he was. He just always went that extra mile, and he did it because it helped others and it gave him special warmth in his heart, he just felt great doing it. He was a non-denominational protestant, a true Jesus believer and today he sits right beside his maker, the Lord Jesus Christ.
James Hamilton Duke (1898 - 1944)
Izora Selester Loftis Duke (1902 - 1997)
Frances Louise Duke (1933 - 2015)*
Becky Jo Duke Laney (1928 - 2011)*
Leslie Wayne Duke (1930 - 1997)*
Lester Dale Duke (1933 - 2011)
Garland Memorial Park
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