William Tarlton Duke

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Visitation Schedule
Roller-Owens Funeral Home
5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd
North Little Rock, AR  72116
Sunday, May 22, 2022
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service Schedule
Graveside
Mt. Carmel Cemetery
Cabot, AR  
Monday, May 23, 2022
3:00 p.m.
Cemetery
Mt Carmel Cemetery
Cabot, AR  72023
William Tarlton Duke

of Cabot, AR

September 5, 1940 - May 18, 2022

William Tarlton Duke, age 81, of Cabot, formerly of West Helena, passed away May 18, 2022.

He was born September 5, 1940, in Memphis, Tennessee, to William and Lucille Duke. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 51 years, Lela Duke; sister, Nancy Norman and infant sister, Ruby Duke.

Mr. Duke had a long career with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and retired after 45 years.

He is survived by his four children, Angela Robertson, William Byron Ray, Tara Brown and Melody (Mark) Rogers; six grandchildren, Keith (Lacy) Robertson, Jr., Brooke (Mark) Stivers, Haylee (Brian) Jones, Zach (Loren) Brown, Baxter (Allison) Drennon and Christopher (Ashley) Rogers; eight great-grandchildren and special friend, JoAnn Knight.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 JFK Blvd, North Little Rock.

Graveside services will be Monday, May 23, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.


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18 Condolence(s)
Gloria Jo Beith Holloway
Claremore, OK
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Monday, May 23, 2022

I always loved the person that your daddy was. He was such a gentleman, funny and a great conversationalist! With a great laugh, I might add. I am sad for all of you in the loss of your daddy. I will be praying for you.

Jimmy Faulkner
Mellwood, AR
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Saturday, May 21, 2022

My thoughts and condolences to my friend for 60+ years. RIP Bill Duke.

Jill Brewer
Trumann, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Tara & all family members my thoughts & prayers are with you all. Wanted to let you know love and hugs are being sent to you all.

Pat Hallman
Benton, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

So sorry for your loss. He was a great boss at Huxtable Pumping Plant and good friend

Laurie McLendon
Helena, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Melody & Mark & family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Praying for your strength and peace during this time.

Sincerely

Laurie Smith McLendon

Tom Naile
Gulf Breeze, FL
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Friday, May 20, 2022

I've known Bill since we were in the 7th or 8th grade at Elaine. He was an excellent athlete and team leader. He had a great memory and I used to really enjoy visiting with him at the reunions. I'll miss him.

Cathy Johnston
West Helena, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Melody. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family during this time.

Evelyn Griffin
Helena, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. May you have comfort in the days ahead.

Vicki Towles
Memphis, TN
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Bill was such a kind, loving man and I'm grateful to have had him in my life. He had a great laugh and sense of humor that were contagious. He was always willing to listen with an open mind and offer unbiased advice full of wisdom.

Bill Duke was my friend and I will miss him so much. He will always live in my heart and memories. I'll think of him when I hear Billy Joel's song, "Keeping the Faith" and remember his smile as he sang it.

My sincerest sympathy to his children and family. May God wrap you in His peace and comfort.

God bless,
Vicki Towles

Jerry Welch
West Memphis, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022



I worked with Bill Duke at the Corps of Engineers for probably 30 years. He was a Construction Inspector for many years and was a wealth of knowledge and common sense for a young Civil Engineer. When he became Chief over the Huxtable Pumping Station operation it became the “Jewel of Memohis District Corps of Engineers”. We worked with him on numerous Contracts to keep the huge station in top condition. He was so much fun to be around also and brightened your day. He was one of those “special people” that are few and far between and make a difference in the quality of life of those around them. May God bless and comfort all those who will be missing him in the days ahead is my prayer.

Jerry Welch, Ret Chief Cost Engineering

Sonya English
Crawfordsville, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Angela, Billy, Tara, and Melody: I am so very sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet man and loved you all and your Mom so much. Continued prayers for you all.

Charles (Toddy) Gunn
West Helena, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Remember this man and Family from many years ago. So sorry for this great loss. Almost went to work for him one summer while in college. Melody is the last I’ve seen helping with Mama. Prayers for you all!

Jeff lowery
Barton, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

We lossed a great man,my prayers for the family !

Tony Naile
Brentwood, TN
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Friday, May 20, 2022

I've known Bill almost all my life, he graduated with my brothers, Charles and Tommy, we had good visits over the years, I always looked forward to seeing him at our reunions. He was one of the very best ball players who ever came out of Elaine. 🥎🏈

June White
Fayetteville, AR
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Friday, May 20, 2022

I am saddened to read of Bill’s death. I pray that God will keep his arms around you all.
June White

Peggy Dunson Bower
Enid, OK
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Friday, May 20, 2022

Tara & all family members. I am so sorry for your loss. Prays and positive thoughts for all of you.

Doris Beith Perkins and Clois Perkins
North Little Rock, AR
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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Bill has been a very long time friend of our family as well as a member of our family for a while. He was such a good guy and so funny. Our family never lost touch with him and when he came back into our lives several years ago it was as if he never left. To Melanie, we are so sorry for your loss. Your daddy sure loves you and was so proud of you too.
The Beith/ Perkins family
Doris, Clois, Lisa Leslie and Les

Margaret Kirk
BEEBE, AR
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Thursday, May 19, 2022

So sorry for the loss of your loved one.