On October 4th, 1926, Henry Vernard Duncan, Sr. was born to Dan Duncan and Frances Woodard in Belton, TX. He later moved to Muskogee, OK with his mother and brother, Edward. In school Henry always led by example which compelled him to join the United States Marine Corps. He followed the values of being a marine his entire life. Courage, Honor and Commitment led him to become one of the first Black Patrolmen in the Muskogee Fraternal Order of Police, where he later rose to the rank of Sergeant. He first committed himself in marriage to Elizabeth Bradley from which he fathered five children, Carole Duncan, Keith Duncan, Sr., Angelique (Kerry) Hillman, all of Muskogee, OK, Marilyn Duncan, Wilburton, OK, and Henry Duncan, Jr. and a step-daughter, Bonita Cade, both of Houston, TX. As a civilian it was Henry’s honor to serve people. He worked at Wagner Buick and was a member of the Mason’s Roscoe Conklin Simmons Lodge #1363. After retiring from the police force he was employed as a security officer for the Federal Court House. He was a dutiful member of Bethel AME Church, serving as a deacon. In 1987, Henry united in marriage to Mary Swanson and six more step-children were added to the family, Kevin, George, Theresa and Paula Swanson and Christana Maxwell, all of Muskogee, OK and Cheryl Swanson, Tulsa, OK. Henry and Mary became faithful members of Fountain Baptist Church, where he was given the name father of Fountain Baptist Church and he also served as a Trustee. During his life another of Henry’s great passions was the great outdoors, in addition to fishing, hunting and gardening.
He was dearly loved and will be missed by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Frances Stubbs and brother, Edward Duncan.
Services for Mr. Duncan will be held on Friday, January 25th, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at Faith Deliverance Church, with Rev. Latham Archie as host pastor. Rev. William Brown pastor of Fountain Baptist Church will deliver the eulogy. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Ft. Gibson National Cemetery. Visitation hours are today from 1:00 p.m.. until 6:00 p.m. A Memorial service from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. will follow.
Services are under the direction of Ragsdale Funeral Center.