Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 28, 2009
AMERICUS, Ga. — Mrs. Minnie Mae Grant Duke, know to many as Mickey, 96, of Americus, Ga., died June 26, 2009, at Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany. Ga.
Mrs. Duke was born in DeSoto, Ga., on September 21, 1912, the daughter of the late Carl Washington and Bobbie Elizabeth Pace Grant. Mrs. Duke was a graduate of Georgia State College for Women, and also attended Duke University and The College of William and Mary.
She taught seventh grade from 1952 until 1956 and then taught biology, chemistry and general science at Holland High School in Holland, Va., until 1965. From 1965 until 1971 she taught at Forrest Glen High School, where she was chairman of the science department, and then started teaching chemistry and physics at Nansemond Suffolk Academy, until her retirement in 1974.
The Dukes moved to Albany, GA in 1985 where she began doing volunteer work at Phoebe Putney Hospital, and the Red Cross. Mrs. Duke was a member of Porterfield Methodist Church in Albany and moved to Magnolia Manor in Americus, where she resided until her death.
Mrs. Duke is survived by one son, George B. Duke Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, George B. Duke Sr. in July of 2005 and by one brother Carl Washington Grant Jr.
A funeral will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Betty Lou Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends from three until five on Sunday at Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to The League of the Good Samaritan C/O Magnolia Manor, 2001 S. Lee St. Americus, GA 31709, or to the charity of one’s choice.
You may sign the online guestbook and share your memories at www.greghancockfuneralchapel.com. Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.