Joe Edmond Duke (1922 - 1991)



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Uncle Joe was our favorite uncle on the Duke side of our family! He was funny & sweet which made me adore him. He would tell us that "I wanted to marry Mary "(our mother) Mama would say"Joe you were just a little boy" Uncle Joe said" you could have waited for me!" He was the best cook &always came to get me to stay at his house when we came to Houston. Mama said"You can go but don't ask for anything!" So we stopped at the store & grocery stores & finally he said"Mary said you couldn't ask for anything not that I couldn't buy you anything!," So he bought lots of stuff which I didn't ask for but he thought I would like!

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in Rosebud, Falls County, Texas United States


on in Houston, Harris County, Texas United States
Cause of death: Heart Attack after being bit by a rattlesnake

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Heart Attack after being bit by a rattlesnake

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at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, in Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas United States


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Mother: Emma D (Little) Duke
Father: William Jesse Duke
Siblings: Jefferson Harrison Duke, William Alec Duke Sr., Minnie Lee (Duke) Jordan, Louis Ingram Duke, Emma Sue (Duke) Ford, Bertie Lou (Duke) Watson, Jeannie Ethel (Duke) Kennett, and Jessie Evelyn (Duke) Brast

Wife: Vaucyleen Bell Duke


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Served in the Army during World War II

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1922 - In the year that Joe Edmond Duke was born, on June 22, coal miners in Herrin Illinois, were on strike (coal miners had been on strike nationally since April 1). The striking miners were outraged at the strikebreakers (scabs) that the company had brought in and laid siege to the mine. Three union workers were killed when gunfire was exchanged. The next day, union miners killed 23 strikebreakers and mine guards. No one, on either side, ever faced jail time.

1947 - He was 25 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

1948 - When he was 26 years old, on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

1956 - He was 34 years old when this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

1991 - In the year of Joe Edmond Duke's passing, on December 25th, the Soviet Union flag was lowered and replaced by the Russian tricolor flag. It was the end of the Soviet Union. Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as President of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin became President of the Russian Republic.

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December 27, 1959 - September 4, 1991 (death)
Woodville, Tyler County, Texas, 75979
United States
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Joe Edmond Duke died on September 4, 1991 in Houston, Texas at 69 years of age. His cause of death is listed as: heart Attack after being bit by a rattlesnake. He was buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born on June 15, 1922 in Rosebud, Texas. He was born to Emma D (Little) Duke and William Jesse Duke, with siblings Jefferson, William, Minnie, Louis, Emma, Bertie, Jeannie, and Jessie. Joe married Vaucyleen Bell on December 27, 1959 in Woodville, Texas and Joe died on September 4, 1991 in Houston, Texas.

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The call we got about Uncle Joe passing away is when we were told that he died because of a bite from a rattlesnake. He was mowing his yard at the time & the bite caused the heart attack! My aunts didn't want my Daddy to know because of how ill he was & afraid that his reaction would bring on a heart attack. Mama said"No" she wouldn't lie to him! I saw his reaction when his mother died but this was worse cause it was his baby brother which age never changes what you are to a person. He loved Joe so much but he pulled himself together & attended the service.
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