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Michael Garry Duncan, Sr., age 79, of Newland, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019 at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Dennis and Ruth Grindstaff Duncan. He was also preceded in death by a son, Garry Duncan; daughter, Nell Sparks; sisters: Mary Ruth and Martha Ann Duncan and Sharon Bess. He was a US Army Veteran and worked many years at American Thread and later retiring in 2002 from Baxters Healthcare after 29 years of service. Mike loved to fish, going camping and tinkering in the shed making novelties.
Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Shirley Bowman Duncan; daughters: Michelle Johnson of Longview, Cindy Hoilman and husband, Brian, of Roan Mountain, TN, Teresa Biddix and husband, Dale, of Altamont and Autumn Killion and husband, David, of Newland; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Hopson and husband, Joe, of Shelby and brother-in-law, Harold Bess of Shelby. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8th at Altamont United Methodist Church. Rev. Steven Sweet will officiate. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. prior to the services at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge at 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or to the Fred and Geneva Barber Scholarship Fund, c/o Shirley England at 8050 Joe Poore Road, Newland, NC 28657.