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Joseph Carter Duys

February 10, 1931 February 16, 2016
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Joseph Carter Duys passed away on February 16, 2016 at Big Bend Hospice House. He was born February 10, 1931 in Havana, Cuba where his parents, John Henry Duys and Anna Adams Duys, were in the tobacco business. He went to the American School, Rustin Academy until 8th grade. From the 8th grade through 12th grade he attended the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ. During his years there he was on the Tennis Team, being Number One on the Team. He played all the sports there, graduating in 1950. Joe went to Duke University from 1950-1954 where he became an All American Soccer Player.
Upon graduating from Duke he entered the United States Air Force and served as a Lieutenant for three years. His last years in the Air Force he was stationed at Hurlburt, a field of Eglin Air Force Base. Home in Cuba for Christmas vacation 1955, he met Gayle Fox who was there for Bishop Blankingship’s daughter, Antoinette’s wedding. Eleven months later they married in Harrisburg, PA. After his years in the Air Force they moved to Havana, Cuba for Joe to join his father’s firm, H. Duys & Co., where his brother, Jack, also worked.
Their children are, Zachary Adams Duys, born at Eglin Air Force Base on September 7, 1957, Pamela Anne Duys, born December 7, 1958 in Havana, Cuba, and Dodie Carter Duys, born April 16, 1960 in Quincy, FL.
Joe’s father moved the family to their firm, Duys Florida Tobacco Co. in Quincy on March 2, 1960, where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Joe was very active playing tennis several times a week for years. He was a member of Ben Hardaway’s Midland Fox Hunt and a founding member of the Live Oak Hunt. He was a golfing member of the Sawano Country Club and the Golf Club of Quincy.
From 1965 they raised horses for fox hunting on their farm, and from 1980 to 2000 they raised thoroughbreds for the race track. They raised and cut their own hay for their horses. Being weekend farmers kept them busy and in good physical condition, but in the Spring of 2014 his health slowly left him. Joe has been in Hospice care more than half of a year.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10 W. King St., Quincy, FL., 32351 or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL., 32308, who took such great care of Joe this last year of his life.
A service will be celebrated for Joe at 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 21, 2016, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a reception following the service, in the Parish Hall.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
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