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Wilbur Thomas Duggins

Visitation:
Monday, April 18, 2011
6:00 PM until 8:00 PM

Service:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
10:00 AM
Coffey & Chism Funeral Home
769 Highland Ave.
Vine Grove, KY 40175



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Wilbur Thomas Duggins, 75, of Lebanon Junction, KY, passed away at his home on April 15, 2011. He is survived by his divorced spouse, Gloria Jane Duggins of Radcliff, KY; Sons Johnny Edward Duggins (Lori) of Greenville, SC and Michael Wane Duggins of Memphis, TN; Daughters Cynthia Ann Chappell and Carolyn Jane Duggins, both of Elizabethtown, KY; Grandsons Timothy Chappell (Jackie), Craig Chappell, David Chappell, Blake Rouse and Weston Rouse; and, granddaughter, Anna Davenport; three great grandchildren; Peggy Walker, sister, North Little Rock, AR; several nephews and nieces in Arkansas and Arizona; and, Susan Crady, close friend and companion the last several years of his life.

He is predeceased by John Clarence Duggins, father; Lillian Nichols, mother; Charles Duggins, brother; Faye ‘Sissy’ Barker, sister and his stepfather, Clarence ‘Gus’ Nichols.

Born the son of a sharecropper in Carlisle, Arkansas, on April 17, 1935, he dropped out of high school after two years to join the U.S. Army at 14. He had a brilliant military career, having been stationed in Ft. Kobbe, Panama Canal Zone, multiple military locations in Germany, Ft. Knox and serving two tours in Cu Chi, Vietnam, with the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry. He was one of the Army’s youngest Sergeant Majors at age 30, and he was heavily decorated. While in Viet Nam, he received numerous medals including Silver and Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts for his bravery and commitment to being an outstanding soldier. He cared deeply for his Commanding Officers and the men he was responsible for. After 20 years of service, he retired in January, 1970, to go on to successful careers in real estate and forming his own construction company in Radcliff, KY. He was a Radcliff City Councilman for two years, and he helped establish the Lincoln Trail Homebuilders Association, where he served as President.

Wilbur was an avid fisherman, and he owned a place on Barren River. He oftentimes took family members with him on fishing trips, and he usually ended up catching the most fish. Of course, he was in charge of the trolling motor, so he did tend to guide the boat into the fishing hole first with two baited hooks ready to catch the first fish, while the others toward the back of the boat were waiting to get closer to the action. One of his best days was at Lake Conway, Arkansas, when he took his older sister and oldest son fishing. Within two hours, the group caught over 100 crappe. Filleting crappe and having a fish fry was one of his life’s best moments.

Wilbur will always be known as a man with very modest roots, strong values and discipline, outgoing demeanor, and being a good provider and loving father. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and those who served with him in the U.S. Army.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from the chapel of Coffey & Chism Funeral Home, Vine Grove, KY. Burial will follow at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY with military honors.

Visitation will be from 6p.m. until 8p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the American Cancer Society at cancer.org.


 

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