Duncan, Leona Fox (2008)

Obituary of Leona Fox Duncan ~ 2008

Transcribed by Joseph Cook

Mrs. Leona Fox Duncan, age 100, known by all as “Mamaw”, passed away Thursday, October 16, 2008 at The McDowell Hospital.  She was born August 24, 1908 in Alexander County and was a daughter of the late Lee Carriagan Fox and Rosa Oliver Fox.  Mrs. Duncan was a charter member and oldest member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church.  She retired from Cross Cotton Mill after 52 years of service.  She was the first McDowell County Citizen to receive a plaque for reaching 100 years of age.  In addition, she was personally called by President George W. Bush on her birthday.  She will be remembered as the tender and loving matriarch of the family.  Preceding Mrs. Duncan in death was her husband Elmer Duncan and two children, Billy Duncan and Rosa Jane Bruner.

Left to cherish Mrs. Duncan’s memory are three children: Doris Romine, Dorothy Biddix, Betty Stevens and husband Paul, all of Marion; eleven grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren, twenty great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild.

A funeral service was held Sunday October 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm at Cross Memorial Baptist Church with Revs. Doug Prevette, Rick Wood and Ralph Reep officiating.  The family received friends on Saturday October 18, 2008 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Westmoreland Funeral Home.  Interment was in Cross Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to The Family c/o 60 Stones Throw Path Marion, NC 28752.

An online register is available under OBITUARIES at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.

The News Bulletin of McDowell County, Wednesday October 29, 2008 Volume 14 # 43