William Randolph “Randy” Dukes
Wrens, GA – William Randolph “Randy” Dukes, 80, loving husband to Hilda Nell Moncrief Dean Dukes, entered into his eternal rest Friday night, May 1, 2020 at his residence. Graveside services, officiated by Rev. Ed Chance, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday afternoon, May 16, 2020 in the Ways Baptist Church Cemetery.
Because of the current ordinances regarding COVID-19 and the family’s respect and concern for public health and safety, the family has chosen to hold a celebration of life service at a later date in Roberta GA, Randy’s second home. They ask that you acknowledge his passing with your thoughts and prayers for the family.
Born and raised in Wrens, Randy was the youngest of ten born to the late Alma Wren Dukes and the late Dorsey Dukes. After graduating from Wrens High School, he attended South Georgia Tech in Americus, earning a degree in auto mechanics. A renowned mechanic, he worked for many years at Lloyds Auto Parts in Wrens and for Duke Motor Company in Augusta before retiring. While attending school in Americus, he met life-long friends, Ronnie and Hilda Dean—they vacationed and travelled together all over the U.S.; was god-father to their children; and was considered part of the family. Two years after Ronnie passed, he and Hilda married and honeymooned in Alaska. Randy accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a young man and was baptized at Ways Baptist Church. Having a laid-back personality, Randy was a happy-go-lucky guy who was very congenial, considerate and generous. He would help anyone had a need. Shying away from conflict, he always tried to see the positive side of situations and people. He was very close to his family, especially his mother, loving them unconditionally. Randy loved and was loved, and even though he is no longer here on earth, he is in the hearts of those who remain.
Randy is also preceded in death by his siblings, Glen Dukes, John Dukes, Judson Dukes, Jimmy Dukes, Dora Dukes Bell, Ruth Eastus, and Natalie Pittman; and step son, Scott Dean. Other survivors include sisters, Annette Usry and Jean Johnson; step son, Christopher Stuckey; and a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family wishes to express their gratitude for the kindnesses evidenced in thought, deed and prayer.