Minnie Duke

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Minnie M. Duke
AMERICUS, Ga.—Minnie Mae Grant Duke, 96, died June 26, 2009, at Phoebe Putney Hospital in Albany, Ga.
Mrs. Duke was born in DeSoto, Ga., on Sept. 21, 1912, the daughter of the late Carl Washington and Bobbie Elizabeth Pace Grant.
She 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 until 1965.
From 1965 until 1971 she taught at Forest 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 in 1985 where she began doing volunteer work at Phoebe Putney Hospital and for the Red Cross.
She was a member of Porterfield Methodist Church in Albany and moved to Magnolia Manor in Americus, where she resided until her death.
Survivors include 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 was held Monday in the chapel of Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Betty Lou Miller officiating.
Burial followed in Oak Grove Cemetery.
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 was in charge of arrangements.