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James "Sir Duke" Franklin Duke, Jr.

November 10, 1954 ~ May 25, 2019 (age 64)

James “Sir Duke” F. Duke, Jr., 64, of East Moline passed Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Unity Point Health Trinity, Rock Island. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1501-6th Avenue, East Moline.   The visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Sullivan-Ellis Mortuary, Ltd, 1902-3rd Avenue, East Moline. 

James was born November 10, 1954, the son of James Franklin Duke, Sr. and Delores LaVerne Rummels Duke.  James was a United Township High School graduate, class of 1972.  He worked at Reynolds Ford as a detailer in his earlier years.  30 years at Roadway Express as a dock worker, retiring in 2001. 

James was a horse trainer as well as horse racer and owner of several horses at the Quad City Downs Racetrack, East Moline.  He was a very passionate auto racer at the Cordova International Raceway, Cordova.  James attended NASCAR Races several times a year in Las Vegas and Arizona.   He was an avid CB radio operator.  He enjoyed cameras and he built computers. He was also a part of the Los Amigos Drum and Bugle Corp, East Moline.  He was a part of the National Street Machine Club for his 1968 Camaro.   He was a huge Bears fan.   Over his life time, he gained a huge magnitude of friends.  He was loved by many and he will be dearly missed.

Those left to cherish his memories are his lifelong partner, Aida Reyes, East Moline; daughter, Carrie Duke, Moline; sister, Deborah (Morris) Palmer, East Moline; brother, Darin (Danielle) Duke, Aurora, CO, a host of Aunts and Uncles, scores of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and a host of friends. 

James was preceded in death by his father and mother.

 

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