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William Collins "Mudcat" Duke
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Birth: 1950
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 2012
Okeechobee County
Florida, USA

Collins aka Mudcat, was a true Southern born Cracker and he lived the life of one. He was raised on Lake Okeechobee and loved the outdoors. Above all that, he loved his family dearly. Collins, you are missed

Duke, 63 OKEECHOBEE - William Collins "Mudcat" Duke, died unexpectedly at Raulerson Hospital on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. Collins was born in Pahokee to Perry and Lily Padgett Duke. He relocated to Okeechobee 27 years ago. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge in Pahokee and Okeechobee. Time spent with his grandchildren was a highlight in his life. He was a Miami Dolphin's fan and enjoyed hunting and riding buggies with his friends. Collins is survived by Kay Duke, his wife of 27 years; sons, William Cody (Beth) Duke of Vero Beach, John Perry Duke of Okeechobee; a daughter, Erin Duke (Todd) Warren of Stuart; five grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Duke of Pahokee. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Collins' memory to The Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725 or to Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 Highway 441 South, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Friends may send online condolences to Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.

Published in NewsZapFL on September 12, 2012 
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  Perry Eugene Duke (1923 - 1990)
  Lily Padgett Duke (1924 - 2002)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Susan Barwick
Record added: Sep 19, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97411133
William Collins Mudcat Duke
Added by: Susan Barwick
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Rest in peace Collins.
- AlwaysCarol
 Added: Nov. 1, 2012
Collins was one of the finest people it has ever been my pleasure to have known, Rest in Peace Little Brother.
- Mike Youngblood
 Added: Nov. 1, 2012
Collins, I really do miss you. The election race is just not the same without your pithy comments. I usually leave this image at veterans memorials, but thought it fit you perfectly as you did so love and care about this country.Rest in peace old friend.
- Susan Barwick
 Added: Nov. 1, 2012
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