DUNCAN, Claude Davis
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Dr. Claude Davis Duncan, loving husband, outstanding father, gentle dentist and loyal friend died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at his home in Kennesaw, Georgia Tuesday March 26th, 2013 at the age of 89 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Duncan was born in College Park, Georgia on March 15, 1924 to Clarence Leo Duncan and Zelda Annie Elizabeth Dabney Duncan. Growing up during the great depression and amid racial conflict, Dr. Duncan knew of hard times and obstacles, but was determined to make a positive contribution to the world. He started early by joining the boy scouts and earned the prized Eagle Scout title by the age of 13. He would often site this as one of his most important accomplishments. At 18 he joined the navy and served for two years on the U.S.S. Salem. A 1943 North Georgia College graduate, he would go on to work his way through dental school, graduating in 1947 from Emory University. In 1952 he broke the mold by opening his dental practice in the Stewart Lakewood Shopping Center. This was an open-air retail mall that he knew would make him more accessible to the general public and to all walks of life. He would stay there for 35 years until his retirement in 1987. During the early years of his practice he met his sweetheart, Carolyn “Gayle” Brooks, when she came to work as his dental assistant. She stole his heart and they were married in 1955. Dr. Duncan dedicated his dental practice to serving anyone in need regardless of race, religion or financial situation. He applied this tolerance and kindness to all areas of his life. He was a regular at local hospitals where he would visit his patients and friends, just to hold a hand or say a prayer. He also spent a great deal of his time outside the office at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, a hospice home for terminally ill cancer patients. Here he donated his dental talents and lifted the spirits of those there with his wisdom and love of God. He was a profound public speaker and often stood in for the pastor of his beloved St. Luke Lutheran Church when the need arose. His sermons were also a comfort to anyone who listened. Later in life, as Alzheimer’s progressed, he still had a way of comforting those around him. His smile was a blessing and you could count on him to tell you that he loved you and that you were beautiful. You couldn’t help but feel love and comforted in his presence. He is survived by his wife Carolyn “Gayle” Brooks Duncan, his four daughters and their spouses, Ellen and Glenn LaGrone, Callie and Louis Fouts, Katherine (Katie) and Stuart Huffstutler and Mindy and Tom Shafer, his four grandchildren Andrew Glenn LaGrone, Carrie Ellen LaGrone, Duncan Thomas Shafer and Lincoln Davis Shafer and four of God’s caregiving angels, Michelle Price, Tanger Brooks, Mai Musarurwa and Wendy Phillips. Thank God for you! A memorial service will be held on Saturday March 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 3264 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Boy Scouts of America or St. Luke Lutheran Church.
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