HENRY LEE DUKES, SR. was born July 23, 1937 to the late Cleveland Dukes and Jeannetta Packer Bishop in Lower Petry ,AL. He departed this life July 26, 2018. Henry left home at the early age of 14 years old and traveled from state to state working until he met the love of his life. Emma (Formerly Price), whom he married in 1959. During the 59 years that they shared together were born six children. After moving his family from Florida in 1962, they settled in Milton, Delaware. Henry worked hard at King Cole Canning Company as a truck driver, then as a mechanic.. Buying the property that they lived on until his passing. Henry then went to work at Doxsee Clam factory workingalso as a mechanic. He often said 'he should be rich' because he invented a part that made the machine run better, but he never got the credit for it. This did not stop Henry from taking good care of his family. After the closing of Doxsee , he then went to work at Paramount and Perdue chicken factories working also as a mechanic until he retired.
Henry co-owned with hisl late brother-in-law Aaron Price, Sr. their own septic business. He successfully worked to expand the business until he was not able to work on it anymore, he turned the business over to one of his grandchildren. Even though Henry only finished the 10th grade, he had a unique ability to visualize and build things ( we saw it as 'genius'). Henry built the home that is on the property himself, from the ground up, he made grills,, and invented machine parts. Although blessed with exceptional talent, Henry was not selfish--he didn't mind lending a helping hand to anyone that needed one. In 2005, Henry and his wife joined Mt. Zion Holy Church in Milton, DE where he attended faithfully until his health failed.
Henry will be truly missed, and we will cherish fond memories of his time with us.
Henry is survived by his dear wife Emma Dukes. six children: Randolph & Cheryl Price- Salisbury, Md; / Williemae & David Ayers- Milton, De / Pastor Jeannetta Dukes - Milton, De / Elder Mary Lee & Kevin Williams- Greenwood, De / Rosie Mae Dukes-Milton, De / Henry Lee & Nicole Dukes, Jr.-Millsboro, De / 1 Sis: Leona & Danny Childers-Selma, AL / 1 Aunt -Carrie Kimbrough of Monroeville, AL / 1 Uncle-L. J. Morrisette- Pensacola, FL / 2 Bro: - in- law: Angus & Jerry & Valerie Price both of Salisbury, MD. / 1 Sis-in-law: Minnie Brooks of Salisbury, MD, / 22 Grandchildren / 52 GGChildren / 1 GGGChild.
A host of nephews, nieces, and cousins. Two close Cousins Albert Baker, -Milton, De & Johnny Mack Brown of Long Island, NY.
Only one life and it will soon past, only what we do for Christ will last. We LOVE you, but God loves you best.
Service: Saturday Aug 4, 2018 at 11: AM / Friends may call from 9:30 AM till time of service.
Mt. Zion Holy Church / 325 Front St / Milton, De 19968
ARR: MILLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES / 11475 Commercial Lane-C Laurel, De 19956 / 302-947-1144 & 302-745-8406 /www.millerfuneralandcremation.com