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Spencer Taylor Duncan

Spencer Taylor Duncan

June 15, 2020

 

Spencer Taylor Duncan of Whigham, Ga., died on June 15, 2020, at his home surrounded by his immediate family. He was born January 31, 1942, as the youngest of eight children of Wylie and Pearl Duncan.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack of Connecticut, Sherwood (Allee) of Bainbridge, Ga., Glynn (Carolyn) of Tallahassee, Fla., Burt of Lake City, Fla. and Archie Duncan of Bainbridge; sisters, Dorothy (Carl) of Fresno, Calif.; and a brother-in-law, J.D. Shoemaker of Bainbridge.

Survivors are: his wife of 55 years, Lois Dailey Duncan; daughters, Melanie Claire Duncan of Byron, Ga., and Amanda Duncan Slaughter (Mike) of Perry, Ga.; grandchildren, Patrick Slaughter (Sara) of Carrollton, Ga., Jordan Slaughter (Savannah), Anna Ruth Slaughter, and Ava Rose Slaughter, all of Perry; great-grandchildren, Landon and Caroline Slaughter; sister, Betty Shoemaker of Bainbridge; sisters-in-law, Mavis Duncan of Bainbridge, Rose Duncan of Connecticut, Diane Duncan of Lake City; and beloved extended family.

Spencer was a graduate of Whigham High School. He was a farmer who ran a diversified farming operation on the family farm, later including the establishment of a herd of pure-bred Angus Cattle. He raised hogs at one time, with cattle and hogs winning awards in various local, state shows. He was twice named one of the top 10 breeders in the State of Georgia in registered Angus cattle. He was an active member of the Georgia and Florida Angus Association with he and his wife serving in leadership capacities in the FLAA. In addition, Spencer was a member of the American Angus Association. His family was named the Grady County Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year in 1997. Representing the Southwest District, he was one of the four outstanding farmers in the Young Farmers Association in the State of Georgia in 1976. He served on the Grady County ASCS Committee from 1967-1987. He was designated “Georgia Master Cattleman” in 1995, Winner of the Conservation Award, 1980, Grady County M.O. Prince 4-H Volunteer Leader Award, Recognition for outstanding service to Whigham Memorial Park in 1993 by the Whigham Community Development Council, Rotary Club “Service Above Self” Merit Award, Honorary Chapter Farmer Whigham FFA 1977, Rotary Club Soil Conservation Man of the Year, 1979, Friend of Grady County 4-H Award 1986. Gold (2000) and Silver (1998-1999) Breeder Award Triple D Angus, and Honorary Member of the Whigham High School Future Homemakers of America 1986.

His stature always drew the attention of children and youth. He never forgot what it was like to be “little.” He always made sure his pockets had enough “gum” in them to hand out after church at Whigham United Methodist Church where he was a member. He served on the Board of Trustees through a major renovation project, and served in other capacities.

His jovial, sincere demeanor, and personality and his knack for doing things right, made him a person who was admired and befriended by many not only locally but throughout the area. These qualities caused him to be a source of confidence and strength as a husband, father, and friend.

He considered his family to be his greatest achievement and motivation.

Private graveside services will be conducted in Whigham for the immediate family only. Rev. Charles Whatley and Rev. David Hibbert will officiate. To celebrate his life, it is requested that memories be shared on the funeral home website with the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Spencer T. Duncan to any of the following: Grady County 4-H, c/o Deron Rehberg, 65 11th Avenue, NE, Cairo, Georgia, 39828; Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, STE 200, 3000 HIGHWAY 42N, McDonough, GA, 30253-9806; or Whigham United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 4, Whigham, GA., 39897.

Guests may sign the online register at www.clarkfuneral.com.