September 18, 2008

Ben W. Duke Headstone

There are Blunts on my paternal side. Exie Marie (Jackie) Blunt was a second cousin, and descends from my GG-grandparents, Hugh R. and Beneta Bishop Blunt.

Jackie married Charlie Henry Duke, Sr. of Alberta, Bienville Parish, LA on Nov. 29, 1945 in Taylor, Columbia Co., AR. They became the parents of Margie Marie, Charlie, Jr., and Lonnie Gene.

Charlie, Jr. married Linda Ann Alison of Shongaloo in Webster Parish. Their children were Kimberley Renee (Kim) Duke and Benjamin Wayne (Ben) Duke.

Kim was born Aug. 19, 1972 and died Jul 24, 1987. Ben was born Mar. 2, 1975 and died Jun. 25, 2000.

I do not know what tragedies befell this family, but surely it was heartbreaking.

I think the headstone for Ben is remarkable.  It is not only a memorial to a dear son, it is also a work of art.

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