Roscoe M. Duncan, the son of the late Ben A. and Ella Chappell Duncan, was born in Osceola, Ark., on May 1, 1919, and died at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dexter on Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at the age of 85.
Mr. Duncan resided in Dexter since 1992 where he attended Calvary Baptist Church. He was a former resident of St. Joseph, La., where he was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Joseph. He graduated from the St. Joseph High School and had worked for a civil engineer service and Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. He was in the U.S. Army during World War II where he served in the following battles and campaigns in Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples, Foggia, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, EAMETO Medal and the Bronze Indian Arrowhead WDC 465-44 medal. He was a life member and past Post Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3993 in West Monroe, La.
Surviving are three daughters: Patricia Kidd-Johnson of Milton, Fla., Yvonne Gibbs of St. Charles, and Yvette McCurry of Harrison, Ark.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three cousins, JoAnn McDaniel, Christine Pippen and Manuel Duncan, all of Louisiana. Other relatives and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Billy Kidd, Sr., on Jan. 10, 2003; one brother; and one sister.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004, at Watkins Funeral Home in Dexter.
A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. in the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with Rev. Danny Collins of Qulin officiating.
A full graveside military honors service will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.