Lloyd Ray Duke, JR , 88 passed from this life on Saturday December 12 at 12:36 AM. He leaves behind his wife of sixty eight years, Carriece Lindsey Duke of Olla; Kay Rider and her husband Gary of Urania, Sandy Bradshaw and husband Mark of Urania; granddaughters; Sarah Peppers, Allison Beaubouef (Justin) and Lindsey Clement (Walter); five great-granddaughters, Hallie and Kaylin Peppers, Sadye and Jules Beaubouef and Caris Clement; five great-grandsons, Blade, Cayden and Tanner Beaubouef, Hill and Brennan Clement; brothers, Mike and Lynn Duke; sister, Barbara Jean Stegall (Deanie) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Ray Duke, SR and Daphne Cupples Duke; sisters, Katherine Eades and Elizabeth Ann Parham (Libby).
Ray was born in Tullos on October 3, 1932, and moved to Olla in 1940. He graduated from LaSalle High School, attended LA. College where he played basketball, football and baseball, graduated from NLU, received a Masters Degree from LSU, and an Educational Specialist Degree from NLU.
Ray was a teacher, coach and principal of Urania Elementary, LaSalle High School and Olla Standard Elementary. He served twelve years on the LaSalle Parish School Board. He served in the United States Army Reserves and was a Sargeant in the U.S. Army. In Germany he was in the 18th. Army Field Artillery Group and placed in charge of recreation for the European Theater, as well as coaching football for the 18th Group.
He lived a life of service in his church, community, country and family. He will be greatly missed.
Private services will be held on Sunday December 13, 2020. with Rev. Johnny Phillips and Dennis Baker officiating. There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Ray Duke held at a later date for friends and family alike. Interment will be at the Olla Cemetery under direction of Riser & Son Funeral Home of Olla.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials to the roofing fund of Olla First Baptist Church.
Serving as pallbearers will be Roger Dobbs, Chris Barnhill, Brett Hester, Craig Parham, Corey Parham, Timmy Duke, Michael Duke, Chris Duke, Rick Smotherman, Caleb Callender and Doug Thompson.
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