Donald Willard Duckworth

Donald Willard Duckworth, 81, of Salem, Missouri, left this world on February 8, 2011.

He was born May 4, 1929, in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of David Warren and Ruby Avis (Smith) Duckworth.

On November 15, 1952, he was united in marriage to Corene Laquetia Smith, who resides at their home in Salem.

In addition to his wife of 58 years, he will be lovingly remembered by his children, David Duckworth and wife Dianne of Flippin, Arkansas, Brenda Bishop and husband Ray of Paragould, Arkansas, and Beth Duckworth and husband Tony Farris of Mokane, Missouri; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Howard Duckworth and wife Delores, Imboden, Arkansas; two sisters, Glenda Jones and husband Harlen of the state of Texas and Anna B. Ruscin and husband John of Sullivan, Illinois.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; one sister, Pauline Woodyard; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Deters.

Mr. Duckworth served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He then earned a teaching degree in mathematics from the University of Arkansas, Jonesboro. His vocation began in Dora, Missouri. He then taught in Cabool, Missouri, and came to Salem, Missouri, in 1967. He retired in 1989 after a 20-year career. Willard loved hunting, fishing, and playing music.

A memorial service was held February 12, 2011 in Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem with Rev. Beth Duckworth officiating. Vivian Jordan was the pianist and vocal music was by Terry Cunningham accompanied on the guitar by Wayne Williams. Interment was in Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock, Arkansas.

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