Shirley Ruth Dukes

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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March 19, 1928 – Aug. 15, 2015

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NATCHEZ — Graveside services for Shirley Ruth Dukes, 87, of Natchez, who died Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at Merit Health Natchez, will be 11 a.m. today at the Natchez City Cemetery with the Rev. Bo Swilley officiating.

Burial will follow under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Miss Dukes was born March 19, 1928, in Natchez, the daughter of L.H. Dukes Sr. and Velma Ola Lane Dukes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Betty McLemore; three brothers, Wallace “Buddy” Dukes, Longino Henry Dukes Jr., and Burnie Lee Dukes; one nephew, Lane McLemore; and one great-niece, Denise Rodriguez.

Survivors include one brother, Otto Dukes and wife, Gloria, of Natchez; five nieces, Rhonda Bunch Harveston and husband, Prentiss, Gerri Perry and husband, Stanley, Terri Thomas and husband, Dale, Sandra Rodriguez and husband, Homer, and Susan Scruggs and husband, Doug; and two nephews, Kevin Dukes and Dale McLemore.

Pallbearers will be Dale McLemore, Prentiss Harveston, Stanley Perry, Dale Thomas, Micah Griffith and Barry Harveston.

The family extends a special thanks to Crown Health and Rehabilitation Hospital, its staff and employees.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of choice.

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