Obituary of Binus Duke
Funeral services for Carl Binus Duke, age 81 of Columbia will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, August 11, 2019 from the sanctuary of Columbia Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Shane Duke and Rev. Bruce McGee officiating. Interment will follow in the Welcome Home Cemetery at Grayson with services under direction of Riser & Son Funeral Home of Columbia. The Duke family will receive visitors on Sunday at the church beginning at 1:00 PM.
Carl Binus Duke sometimes referred to as “Bull Goose” was born on January 3, 1938 in his family home in Columbia Heights, Louisiana to the union of his parents, Clifford Carl Duke and Ollie Beverly Gibson Duke and he passed from this life on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at his residence, on his beloved hilltop, following a short illness. Binus was surrounded by his loving family, whom he dearly loved and of whom he was so proud. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Johnnie Calton IV; his grandson, Tyson James Ybarra; his brother, Jerry K. Duke; his sisters: Tilda L. Duke Calhoun, Melba Jean Duke Nichols (Ben); brothers: Manuel L. Woodruff, (Evelyn), Ray C. Woodruff (Yvonne), Hobart Woodruff (Mary); his sisters: Jewell Woodruff Young (X L), Ella May Woodruff Thornhill Starling (Clayton), Katie Woodruff Hebert (Ray) and Elaine Woodruff Broussard.
Left to cherish a lifetime of memories are his beloved wife of over forty-seven years, Barbara McKeithen Duke of Columbia; his four sons and one daughter of whom he loved deeply: Carl Binus “Bino“ Duke, Jr. (Cassandra) of Baton Rouge, Jody Darren Duke of Elgin, Texas, Arthur F. Calton of Columbia and Shawn Tilden Duke of Columbia; his loving daughter, Dawn Alisa Duke of Columbia; his eleven grandchildren: Greg Ybarra, Hillary Duke Stein (Bobby), Caelan Miller (Calton), Johnnie W. Calton V, Chloe Calton, Annabell Calton, Kade George, Brayden Poole, Peyton Poole, Graslyn R. Duke; great-grands: Draven Mercer, Lillybelle Clark, Jace Stein and Ryker Miller.
Binus attended Columbia Heights Baptist Church most of his life and he was a Master Mason for fifty-four and one-half years where he served as Lodge Master and he was a member of the York Right Bodies and a member of the Eastern Star. Binus was also a member of the Shriners. Binus also worked for Western Electric for ten years. After returning home from his employment he returned to Caldwell Parish where he built and operated the first convenience store in Caldwell Parish, the U-Roll-It grocery store for almost forty years. He also opened and operated Dukes Sporting Goods World for almost twenty years. He proudly served with the Caldwell Parish Sheriff Department with five years of service. He was the hardest worker you could meet and liked staying busy. He did what an honorable man does to provide for his family, friends and loved ones. Binus loved a good joke and was quick to laugh.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons: Morgan Duke, Caelan Miller, Johnnie Calton, Kade George, Brayden Poole, Peyton Poole, his brother-in-law: Allen McKeithen and cousin: James Duke. Honorary pallbearers include Waymond Calhoun, Don Gregory, Jeff Parker, John Parker, and the men's Sunday School class of Columbia Heights Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers any planned memorials should be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children at the link below.
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