Mary King Duncan, of Blakely, was born Mary Anne Calhoun to the late John C. Calhoun and Effie Corrine Stoudenmire in Camilla, Georgia on June 30, 1917, one of seven children; 4 girls and 3 boys. When she was 11 years old, she moved with her family to Sanford, Florida where she graduated from Seminole County High School in 1933. Mrs. Duncan lived with her parents and worked in her Uncle Charles Stoudenmire’s Seminole Produce Company, that later become Winn Dixie. She then went to Norman College in Doerun, Georgia. She graduated in 1937 and began teaching elementary school in Bridgeboro, Georgia.
On November 14, 1941, she married Ira Guy King, of Albany and Blakely. Guy was employed with Georgia Power Company when World War II began. He joined the Navy soon after their marriage. He became an officer with the 134th Battalion of the Seabees, serving 3 years in the South Pacific Theater. During this time, Mrs. Duncan lived with her husband’s mother, Mrs. Ira Alan King. She began teaching High School , where Winston Felder was one of her first pupils. The High School had burned down and the classes were held in the Kolomki House on North Main St. just south of Thompson’s Motor Co.
Upon his return from the war, the couple lived in Albany until 1945 when they moved to Blakely. She resumed teaching High School in the newly constructed Blakely Union School building west of Blakely on State Hwy. 62. During the time from 1946 to 1950 they had 2 children, both born in Albany.
Mrs. Duncan attended Troy State Teachers College during the summers when her children were quite young. She received her bachelor’s degree in business education. She also took a correspondence course from the University of Auburn toward her Masters Degree in business education. She was the head of the business education department of Early County Hi8gh School for many years. While at Early County High she was sponsor of the annual “The Bobcat”, sponsor of Senior Tri Hi Y and sponsor of FBLA. Also for many years she was an active member and was President of the Blakely Pilot Club on numerous times. On June 30, 1972 her husband Ira Guy King died after a lenghtly illness at the Columbus Medical C enter in Columbus, Ga. He was employed with the Corps of Engineers on the Walter F. George reservoir as a Reservoir Ranger. He was buried in the Blakely Cemetery.
On April 6, 1996 she became the wife of Dr. Charles Chandler Duncan, a Georgia Baptist minister from Stone Mountain and Dublin, Georgia. They had been sweethearts 60 years earlier when the two attended Norman College. They lived 5 years in Dublin and 5 years in Blakely. Dr. Duncan died at their home on River Street in Blakely May 18, 2006. He was buried in the Dublin Cemetery.
Mrs. Duncan retired from the Early County School system in 1981. However she continued as an active substitute teacher for an additional 10 years. She had been an educator-teacher with the State of Georgia from the 1930′s well into the 1990′s , totaling a span of 7 decades.
Mrs. Duncan is survived by her children; James Ira “Jimmy” King of Dothan, Al. and Mary Carmen “Carmen” King Miley and husband Farnum M. Miley, Sr. of Tallahassee, Fl.; Grandchildren are Jason Ira King of Leeds, Al., Farnum M. Miley Jr. of Ailey, Ga., Dr. Lelia Maryanne Miley Lancaster of Tallahassee, Fl. and Mary Caitlin King of Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, step-grandsons James R. Sass Jr. of Dothan, Al, step-great-grandson is Zachary Ryan Sass, great granddaughters are Carleigh Catherine Miley and Miley Rose Lancaster and sister Lily Anne Lancaster ; of Tallahassee, FL; daughter-in-law: Mary J. King of Dothan, Al; grand-son-in -law: Anthony “Tony” Jason Lancaster of Tallahassee, Fl. and granddaughter-in-law: Carla Morgan Miley of Ailey, Georgia.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3 PM in the chapel of Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home. Rev. Sterling Jones and Rev. Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the Blakely Cemetery. The family will receive friends the funeral home Friday from 2-3 PM at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Farnum Miley Jr., Jason King, Anthony Lancaster, Jim Sass, Jerry George, Danny Chandler, Bobby Swann and Danny Hodges.