Jesse Thomas Duke, 80, of 2136 Rolesville Road, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 26, 1933 in Wake County to the late Otha Henderson Duke and Nora Barham Duke. Jesse honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was a retired salesman with Uniroyal Chemical and was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church. Jesse was an avid sportsman, he played baseball/basketball in school and was a member of the US Marine Corps team while stationed in Japan.
Jesse is survived by his wife: Mary Lou Earley Duke; children: Thomas Glenn Duke and wife, Vicky of Hilliard, OH; Teresa Talbert and husband, Scott of Hilliard, OH, and Toni Duke of Zebulon; grandchildren: Michael Duke, Sara Duke, Jessica Talbert, Christopher Talbert, Ashlynn Moore and Alex Alford; great-grandchildren: Haley, Annie, Harper, Atticus, Makenzie, Olivia; sister: Edith Badgett and husband, Bob of Greensboro and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Jennifer Duke; brothers: Willard (Frog), Hildred, Jarvis and Lawrence (Bud) Duke; and sisters: Louise Ellis and Christine Arnaiz.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Bethany Baptist Church, 3417 Rolesville Road, Wendell, NC 27591. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Monday, September 22, 2014 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 and other times at the home.
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Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Rolesville Fire Department.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.poole funeral.com under Obituaries.