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YOUNGSTOWN – A home going celebration in honor of Mr. Shirley Bernard Duckett will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Church of God in Christ. Mr. Duckett transitioned peacefully to his new home on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Mercy Health, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Mr. Duckett was born April 6, 1930, in Roanoke, Va., a son of Ossie Bernard and Ethel Nimmo Duckett.
Shirley B. was a product of the Roanoke City Schools, graduating from Lucy Addison High. He continued his education at Morristown Normal and Industrial College in Morristown, Tennessee where he received an Associate Degree in Social Science. Following college he was drafted in the Armed Forces serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, ranking as a Corporal.
He met and married the love of his life, Ruth Poindexter, and relocated to Farrell,Pa., later relocating to Youngstown.
He was employed by National Castings Steel Company as a chipper for nearly 30 years. After the closing of the mill, he initially volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank where he later became a full-time employee as a truck driver. He remained there for 22 years upon retiring.
Mr. Duckett was a member of the Bethel Church of God in Christ, where he served as a Deacon, financial secretary, choir member, and spearheaded the Food Pantry under the leadership of the Late Bishop R.S. Fields and the Late Elder Frank Foster. He continued in those capacities under the leadership of Superintendent Ross Johnson until his health failed. He was a foster parent for Daybreak Host Homes.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving children, Eileen (Rev. George) Batchelor of Youngstown, Addie (Rev. James) Crawley of Jacksonville, Fla., Randy Duckett (Renita Henderson) of Niles; Daphne Rebecca Duckett of Youngstown, Carolyn (William Dennis) Brown of Girard, Laraine Poole of Youngstown, Calvin Poindexter of Portland, Ore.; four sisters, Anita D. Wilson, Patricia (Fred) Baker, Ethel Lowan Duckett  all of Roanoke, Donna (Ronald) Williams of Salem, Va.; three brothers, James Richard (Janet) Duckett of Virginia Beach, Va., Harold Duckett and Reginald L. Duckett both of Roanoke; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; an adopted daughter, Sandra Cash; god daughter, Monica Cobbin; two stepchildren, Iris Pippen and James Jones IIII; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Duckett; second wife, Barbara Duckett; and a son, James Clinton Poindexter.
The family would like to thank MICU and Progressive Units at Mercy Health, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Specialty Select Care Unit, his caregivers and a special niece, Catherine Harris.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ J.E. Washington Funeral Services, Inc.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    To the family of Mr. Shirley Duckett; We offer our prayers of comfort and support as you celebrate the life of your loved one. His sister Donna and her husband Ron are not only our classmates but dedicated members of our Reunion Committee. We're able to send our expressions over the miles for the God in Virginia is the same one in Ohio and we know He will wrap His arms around you and carry you thru!! "Bulldogs Together, Forever"
    ~ Lucy Addison Class of 1969   Roanoke, VA
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    Beloved Duckett Family: "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." 2 Corinthians 1:3 At a time when words are hard to find...just want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Shirley B was a well respected gentleman and a Christian - thanks be to God. With Sincere Sympathy Angeline Long Jones
    ~ Angeline Long Jones   Roanoke, VA
  • Friday, May 31, 2019
    To Donna and family; We send our prayers of comfort over the miles as you celebrate the legacy of your brother. We pray that you have joy inside your tears for we will meet again in God's Kingdom!!
    ~ Gail & Adrian Lewis   Roanoke, VA
  • Saturday, June 1, 2019
    I had the pleasure of working with "Bernard" for several years at the Food Bank. Spent many hours together in the truck making our rounds. Not only was Bernard a "Gentleman".....but he was also a "Gentle" man. Never heard him speak ill of anyone. My sincere condolences to the entire family.....he will be surely missed. God Bless
    ~ Ed Fire   Youngstown, OH
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019
    Dearest Sis. E. Batchelor & family, Praying that God will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace. Sincerely, Mother Sharper, Sharper, Johnson, & Holloway family Austintown, OH
    ~ Lyneice L. Sharper   Austintown, OH