Curtis C. Duncan

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Mr. Curtis C. Duncan, 83, of Dell, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005,

at the Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Born March 26,

1922, in Spruce Pine, Ala., to Maxie Elmo and Flossie Drucella

Garrett Duncan, he had been an area resident for most of his life and

was a member of the Dell First United Methodist Church. He was a

professional photographer and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his

country during World War II. He graduated in August 1950 with a

Bachelor of Science, with a business major in accounting, from

Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

While in college, he met his future wife, Emma Irene Magers, and

they were married on June 27, 1947, in Dell. After college, the

couple moved to Dell where Mr. Duncan worked at Farmers Gin Co. of

Dell Inc., first as a weigher and later as manager for more than 15

years. During his time as manager, he also farmed 300 acres. He left

the cotton gin in 1972 and opened a photography studio that he

operated for 14 years.

Mr. Duncan was a member of the Photographic Society of America

and helped organize the Blytheville Camera Club, the Lincoln (Neb.)

Camera Club and the Jonesboro Camera Club. He was also involved in

preserving old photographs and historic buildings and was a member of

the Mississippi County Historical and Genealogical Society in

Osceola. He was also the recipient of many, many photography awards

and had his work on exhibit throughout the region.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife

of 57 years, Emma Irene Magers Duncan; his brother, Lloyd Kenneth

Duncan; and his sisters, Jeanette Crawford and Rebecca Mae Granger.

Mr. Duncan leaves his children, Drucella "Dru" Duncan King of

Williamsburg, Va., and Richard Curtis Duncan of Oxnard, Calif.; and

His grandchildren, Curtis Nathanael Duncan and Joseph Shannon

Duncan, both of Conway.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in

the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville. The Rev. Marilyn Webb

will officiate, and burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the

funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Arkansas

Cancer Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences,

4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to

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