Thursday, September 4, 2014
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H. Earl Duncan

Hiram Earl Duncan, 89 of Key West, Fla. passed away on Monday Sept. 1, 2014 at his home.

He was born at Kingsport, Tenn. on July 26, 1925 to the late James and Lillie (Williams) Duncan. He served in the United States Navy and landed on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944 D-Day with the 6th Navy Beach Battalion. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre medal of honor at the time of World War II. On May 5, 2013 he was recognized by the French Legion of Honors.

Earl came to Key West 1944 and met his wife Orchid in 1945 and they where married April 22, 1946. He and his wife started Duncan Auto Sales in Key West, Fla. and have owned and operated it since 1958. He served on the Monroe County school board and was instrumental in starting Key West High School football. He served on the hospital board for the new Lower Key Medical Center. Earl was a member of the Elks, Lions, Jaycees and the Military Affairs Committee. He and his wife were members of The Basilica of St. Mary's Star of the Sea. For the last 11 years Earl and the Duncan Family has donated an automobile to St. Mary's, raising over a half million dollars. Earl was one of the original 4th degree Knights of Columbus.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was loved and will be dearly missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Orchid L. Duncan on April 10, 2014.

He is survived by daughters Sheila (Ron) Irby, Charlotte Duncan; granddaughter Jennifer (Bernardo) Barrios all of Key West, Fla.; nieces Sue Morelock and Charlotte Johnson of Kingsport, Tenn. and Freeda Johnson of Baltimore, Md., many great nieces and nephews survive.

Besides his parents and wife he was preceded in death by eight siblings Tessie Duncan, Infant Child, Winton Duncan, Lizzie Duncan Calton, Worlie Duncan, Martha Duncan, Florence Duncan and Charlie Duncan.

Funeral mass will be held on Saturday Sept. 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. at The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Burial will be in Southern Keys Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday Sept. 5, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton Street Key West, Fla.

The Duncan family would like to thank The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Father John Baker, Sisters Mary, Maritha and Euphemia for there support and weekly communion and the nurses and CNA's at Lower Keys Medical Center, Key West Health and Rehabilitation and Hospice of the Florida Keys for their good care.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to The Basilica of St. Mary's Star of the Sea School 700 Truman Avenue Key West, Fla. 33040. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.