[Funeral Program for Arthur Gene Duke, September 14, 2011] Page: 3 of 12
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Arthur G. Duke
A new light appeared on April 21, 1936 in Luling, Texas. A baby boy was born
to the late Fred and Carrie Magnolia Merriweather Duke and they named him Arthur
Gene Duke. Arthur was raised in the countryside working the family farm along
with his eight siblings. It was in this family setting that the values of loyalty, dedica-
tion, discipleship and humility were ingrained early on in Arthur's life. It was during
these formative years that he developed the mechanical skills to repair and fabricate
material items and machinery. These lessons paid off a thousand folds because there
was not anything mechanical or structural that Arthur could not manufacture or re-
He attended the public school systems of Luling and Caldwell County. He
graduated from Rosenwald High School in 1955. He moved to San Antonio almost
immediately after graduation. Shortly upon arrival to San Antonio, Arthur met and
captured the attention and admiration of a beautiful young lady named Anetta Max-
well. In 1957, God blessed them and united them in Holy Matrimony. It was also
during their courtship that Arthur gained employment as a maintenance technician
and customer service representative at the former Handy Andy Supermarket Chain.
He remained with the Handy Andy Corporation for five years. In 1961, Arthur
joined the staff of the former San Antonio Light. He remained at the San Antonio
Light as a machine operator in its mailroom until the periodical was closed in 1992.
In early 1993 he transferred his duties to the Light's sister agency the San Antonio
Express News. He remained at the San Antonio Express News until his retirement in
May of 2001; fulfilling 40 years of service. After retiring Arthur applied his skills
and knowledge as an entrepreneur; opening and operating D and D Janitorial Ser-
vices as well as Duke & Duke Men's Hat Store.
Arthur led a fruitful and productive life. He mentored many by his quiet, calm
demeanor and unselfish acts of kindness and generosity to all that he met. His obedi-
ence to Christian discipleship has been rewarded by God with a marriage that lasted
54 years and his household being blessed with four beautiful, successful and mag-
nificent children. He worshiped with the Bethel AME Church family for more than
fifty years where he lended his rich tenor voice to the Bethel Aires, participated and
supported the Men's Ministry. He also supported his community through numerous
social and civic organizations such as the Masonic Order, the Gospel Quartet Asso-
ciation and the Family Circle Club for Seniors.
Arthur Gene Duke, a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-
grandfather uncle, great uncle, and great-great uncle was called away from this
earth on September 06, 2011. His soul having departed to live in the undiscovered
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