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Former Washington County Farm Bureau President Dukes dies


10/4/2017 1:18:08 PM


Thomas Murray Dukes Sr., who served as Washington County Farm Bureau president in 1959 and 1960 and again from 1993-1996, died on Sept. 28. He was 87.

A lifetime resident of Washington County, Dukes was a retired farmer and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served on the U.S. Tingey for four years during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Sandersville High School and attended GA-AL Business School. He was a popular community leader, having served as President of Riddleville Farm Bureau and Washington County Farm Bureau. He was an Farmers Home Administration board member for many years, was a director and president of Georgia Foundation Seeds; and was a director of Georgia Crop Improvement Association. He was a manager of the local stock barn and part owner/manager of Murphy & Palmer Seeds, Inc.

He was the son of the late Levie Thomas Dukes and Lena Sessions Dukes, who lived in the Pleasant Springs Community near Riddleville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Taylor Dukes, brother, J.H. Dukes, sister, Hazel Dukes Roberts of Gray, and a niece, Lucille Dukes Salter of Bartow.

Survivors include his son, Thomas M. Dukes Jr. and his wife Gena; daughters, Sandra D. Avant and her husband David of Deepstep and Myra L. Dukes of Denver, Co.; granddaughters, Erica D. Hopkins and her husband Clint, Ashley Dukes, Chelsea A. Dasinger and her husband Jason, April A. Cook and her husband David, and Cassie Avant; six great grandchildren and three nephews.

Donations may be made to Bartow Baptist Church, P.O. Box 118, Bartow, GA. 30413; Brentwood School, P.O. Box 955, Sandersville, GA. 31082; Bartow City Cemetery, 7420 Church Street, Bartow, Ga. 30413; Washington County Historical Society, P.O. Box 6088, Sandersville, GA. 31082; or the charity of your choice.


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