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Shirley Bernard Duckett

Deceased Date: 2019-05-23
Mr. Duckett was born April 6, 1930, in Roanoke, Virginia, a son of Ossie Bernard and Ethel Nimmo Duckett. His grandmother was Sophie Duckett.
Shirley B. was a product of the Roanoke City Schools, graduating from Lucy Addison High. He continued his education at Morristown Normal and Industrial College in Morristown, Tennessee where he received an Associate Degree in Social Science.
Following college he was drafted in the Armed Forces serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, ranking as a corporal.
He met and married the love of his life, Ruth Poindexter and relocated to Farrell, Pennsylvania, later relocating to Youngstown.
He was employed by National Castings Steel Company as a chipper for nearly 30 years. After the closing of the mill, he initially volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank where he later became a full-time employee as a truck driver. He remained there for 22 years upon retiring.
Mr. Duckett was a member of the Bethel Church of God in Christ, where he served as a deacon, financial secretary, choir member and spearheaded the food Pantry under the leadership of the late Bishop R.S. Fields and the late Elder Frank Foster. He continued in those capacities under the leadership of Superintendent Ross Johnson until his health failed. He was a foster parent for Daybreak Host Homes.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving children, Eileen (Rev. George) Batchelor of Youngstown, Addie (Rev. James) Crawley of Jacksonville, Florida, Randy Duckett (Renita Henderson) of Niles, Daphne Rebecca Duckett of Youngstown, Carolyn (William Dennis) Brown of Girard, Laraine Poole of Youngstown and Calvin Poindexter of Portland, Oregon; four sisters, Anita D. Wilson, Patricia (Fred) Baker, Ethel Lowan Duckett all of Roanoke and Donna (Ronald) Williams of Salem, Virginia; three brothers, James Richard (Janet) Duckett of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Harold Duckett and Reginald L. Duckett both of Roanoke; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; an adopted daughter, Sandra Cash; Goddaughter, Monica Cobbin; two stepchildren, Iris Pippen and James Jones IIII and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Duckett; second wife, Barbara Duckett and a son, James Clinton Poindexter.
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John David Duckett

Birth Date: 1931-08-10
Deceased Date: 2020-03-23
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Lillie Mae Bennett (Duckett)

Birth Date: 1925-02-22
Deceased Date: 2017-05-19
Lillie Mae Bennett died May 19, 2017 at Bridgeport Hospital. Born February 22, 1925 in Mountsville, South Carolina, Lillie Mae attended Allen University to get her Master’s Degree in education. She worked as a teacher at Longfellow School for 19 years. She was a Disciple of Bethel A.M.E. and a former member of the senior choir. Lillie Mae was predeceased by two sons, Glynn Lamar Bennett and Dwight Sylvester Sams. She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Hugh(Gail) M Bennett of Michigan; Kwadwo (Afua) Perry Bennett of Stratford; one daughter, Pearlye Sams Allen (LuLu) of Bridgeport; eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; 6 great great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews and nieces.
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Dwight Sams

Birth Date: 1949-04-28
Deceased Date: 2002-09-16
Dwight Sams, age 53, of Stratford, entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 16, 2002, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven. He was born on April 28, 1949, in Columbia, S.C., to David Sams and Lillie Mae Duckett. He leaves to cherish his memory sons, Dwight and Dwayne; daughters, Dwylene and Lashaunne Sams; brothers, Hugh Bennett, Kwadwo Bennett; a sister, Pearlye Sams Allen; a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and several other family relatives. He was predeceased by one brother, Glynn Bennett.
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