Lieutenant Colonel David Dukes, U. S. Army Retired, 83, of Jonesborough, died March 4, 2013 at the Johnson City Medical Center.
He was the son of the late Dennis Dukes and Mildred Sutherland of Memphis, TN.
LTC Dukes was a 1951 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Tennessee. He retired from the Army in 1971 after more than twenty years of service and was a Korean and Vietnam War veteran.
LTC Dukes was the recipient of the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, The Air Medal with eleven Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Occupation Medal (Japan), the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.
He was a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, a Senior Army Aviator, and has served on the Army General Staff.
After retirement from the Army, LTC Dukes was a teacher and administrator in the Washington County School System.
He was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School, Memphis, TN.
He attended East Tennessee State University and received Masters of Arts Degrees in both Reading and Educational Administration.
LTC Dukes was a member of Central Baptist Church, Johnson City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his wife, Janis Hale Dukes; one daughter, Amanda Dukes; and a grandson, David Ashton York.
Survivors include his daughter, Dana York, and his granddaughter, Amanda York.
A funeral service was held March 7 Central Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Elliott officiating. Following the funeral service, family and friends proceeded to the U. S. National Cemetery, Mountain Home for committal services.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Childrens Ministry of Central Baptist Church, 300 N. Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601 or WUOT Public Radio, 209 Communications Bldg., Knoxville, TN 37996-0322 which he helped found when he was a student at the University of Tennessee.
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Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Dukes family. (423) 282-1521