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Richard "Avery" Duncan
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Mr. Richard Avery Duncan, age 86 of Burlington, formally of Millers Creek, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Olde Knox Commons in Cornelius, NC.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday July 15, 2018 at Reins Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Shannon Critcher officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:00 prior to the service in the Chapel of Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142 will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park.

Mr. Duncan was born February 9, 1932 in Siler City, NC to Glenn Hayes Duncan and wife Clarice Lewis Duncan. He was a member of Millers Creek Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, had been a Sunday School Teacher and Chairman of the Church Building and Grounds Committee. During his residency in Burlington, he and his wife were members of Grove Park Baptist Church. In addition he was a member of the NC Beekeeper’s Association, an Avid Bee Keeper and gardener, Skilled Craftsman and Jack of All Trades. Before being drafted in the United States Army, he attended NC State University. Mr. Duncan retired from Holly Farms (Tyson) where he worked in Quality Control Management.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Harris Duncan.

He is survived by three daughters; Susan Bumgarner and Steve of Cornelius, Carol Clayton and Dwight of Efland and Michelle Webb and Rob Upton of Torrance, CA, a son; Richard Duncan and Sharon (Church) of Hilton Head Island SC, six grandchildren; Andrew (Stephanie French) Duncan, Anna (Nick) Varakin, Jessica (Tiger) Outterson, Will (Samantha Kropski) Bumgarner, Daniel (Bonnie Spratt) Bumgarner and Abigail Rose Clayton; seven great grandchildren; Kayleigh Varakin, Lexi Varakin, Michael Varakin, Nikki Varakin, Avery Duncan, Abel Duncan and Chloe Bumgarner, two sisters; Glenna Lewis of Burlington and Betty Friddle of Winston Salem and a brother; Arnold Duncan and wife Marquita of Wallace.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to; Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte or Millers Creek Baptist Church Building Fund PO Box 559 Millers Creek, NC 28651.

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1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659





2:00 PM
Reins-Sturdiavant Chapel

270 Armory Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

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Mountlawn Memorial Park

196 Fan Key Road
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659


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