Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 2, 2008
Minnie J. Hill
FRANKLIN—Minnie Johnson Duke Hill, 85, died Sept. 30, 2008.
Mrs. Hill was born in Holland, a daughter of the late Wade Shepard and Mary Hamilton Johnson.
She was predeceased by two husbands, Roy Carr Duke Sr. and Billy Joe Hill; four sisters, Debbie Wilkins, Becky Rountree, Annie Mae Johnson, and Clara Pierce; and two brothers, Samuel and Robert Johnson.
A graduate of Holland High School, she attended Chowan College and Elon College.
She owned and operated multiple motels from North Carolina to Florida.
She was a member of Franklin Congregational Christian Church.
Survivors include two sons, Roy Carr Duke Jr. and wife Susan of Franklin, Raye Johnson Duke and wife Carolyn of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Wade Shepard Johnson Jr. and wife Marjorie of Franklin; eight grandchildren, Ryan Duke and wife Jennifer of Suffolk, Scott Duke of Greenville, N.C., Matt Duke and wife Christina of Chase City, Marty Duke and wife Leah of Pasadena, Md., Bill and Rebecca Allmond of Leesburg, and Dan and Valerie Hardesty of Charlotte; and eight great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Duke, Josie Duke, Kylie Seidenburg, Zachery Duke, Matthew Duke, Jordan and Cameron Hardesty, and Meredith Allmond.
The funeral will be conducted today at 11 a.m. at Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. James H. Hyatt officiating.
Interment will follow in Poplar Spring Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials be made to Franklin Congregational Christian Church, 412 North High Street, Franklin, VA. 23851.
Condolences may be offered at www.wrightfuneralhome.org.