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Spruce Pine First Baptist Church
Sunday June 5th, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Charles Pippin Duncan

Charles P. Duncan, age 85, of Spruce Pine, NC, passed away on May 19, 2022 surrounded by his beloved wife and family. His battle with Parkinson’s disease in recent years reflected his strength and grace in facing life’s challenges with a smile and a loving heart. After graduating from Harris High School and attending Lees-McRae College, Charles married the love of his life, Norma. They have two children, Brynne Charles Duncan and Constance Duncan Heseltine. Charles and Norma put God first in their lives and shared 64 wonderful years of marriage. Charles was a loving and gentle husband, a father whose children always knew they were greatly blessed and loved, a brother whose siblings looked up to him and adored him, and a grandfather whose grandchildren always thought he was simply the best, the kindest, and the most fun grandfather ever.

Charles honored his country with two terms of service in the United States Army. He consistently supported his community and served many years as a Deacon in his church, Spruce Pine First Baptist, where he also volunteered in the youth department as a teacher, leader, and bus driver. Charles was a member of the Spruce Pine Optimist Club, where he served a term as Chapter President and was instrumental in securing funding for Brad Reagan Memorial Recreation Park. In 1977, he was awarded a lifetime membership of the Optimist Club International organization. He promoted and supported the Little League Youth programs and volunteered as clock operator for Mitchell High School and Harris Middle School football games, where he seldom missed a game. For many years Charles worked at Mineral City Motors in Spruce Pine with his dear friend, Howard Henline. He also served a term on the Spruce Pine Zoning Committee. Recently he completed 12 years as Alternate to the North Carolina Senior Tarheel Legislature. Charles was an avid UNC Tarheels fan, and made countless trips to Chapel Hill to attend games.

Charles was predeceased by his parents, Floyd and Pansy Grindstaff Duncan; brother, William Ray Duncan; best friend, L.C. Burnette. Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife Norma Hefner Duncan of the home; son Brynne Charles Duncan and wife Janie Thomas Duncan of Spruce Pine, NC; daughter Constance Duncan Heseltine and husband Scott Heseltine of Mebane, NC; sister Kathleen Duncan Bowman and husband Tony Bowman of Jonesboro, TN; grandchildren Brynne Charles Duncan, II and wife Rachael Waterson Duncan of Salida, CO, Brandon Clifton Duncan of Spruce Pine, NC, Benjamin Christopher Duncan of Asheville, NC, and Holly Perry Maynor of Spruce Pine, NC; great grandchildren Charles Thomas Duncan, William Michael Duncan, Luna Preston Perry, and Macey Ann Maynor.

The family will receive friends on June 5, 2022 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm at Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, 125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. A Celebration of Life service will immediately follow with Reverends Rocky Branch, Vince Hefner, and Jim Sutton officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Home Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

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A candle was lit in memory of Charles Duncan

Weldon & Sharon Greene Jun 4 2022 8:37 PM

Connie, I am so sorry to learn about your dad. My deepest condolences. I know you are missing him. Sending you a hug.

Pat McCall Jun 2 2022 1:48 PM

Connie and family you are in our thoughts and prayers Colleen and dawn calhoun

Dawn calhoun Jun 1 2022 8:44 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Duncan

Joe & Lavanda Moore May 31 2022 7:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Duncan

Judy Dillingham May 31 2022 11:34 AM

Norma and family our thoughts and prayers are with you. I go back many years with fond memories of our school days Will be praying for God ti wrap you in his arms and comfort you

Maxine Page May 31 2022 9:55 AM

Norma, Brynne, and Connie,
We’re so very sorry to have heard of the passing of Charles. He was a wonderful man who will be missed by many of us. He was such an important part of the legacy of Spruce Pine. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you and the family in the coming days.

Bill and Debbie Wiseman May 30 2022 7:58 AM

Norma, Bryan’s, and Connie.
I was so saddened to hear about Charles passing. He was so good to Mom. Prayers going up to sustain you all in the days ahead and may God’s loving arms embrace you!

Wanda and Randy Ledford May 29 2022 3:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Charles Duncan

Larry J. Buchanan May 28 2022 1:18 PM

Norma, Brynne, and Connie; please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Charles was a wonderful person who was dedicated to his family, church and community and will be greatly missed. You are so fortunate to have such wonderful memories to cherish forever and the blessings of knowing you will see each other again in our new eternal home; HEAVEN.

Debra McCloud Thornberry May 28 2022 12:13 PM

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