Clarence Avery Duckworth

Published 5:08 pm Thursday, October 12, 2017

Clarence Avery Duckworth

Clarence Avery Duckworth of Vredenburgh, Alabama, 88, passed away on Oct. 10, 2017.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery with Rev. Brian Dovey officiating and Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home of Camden, Alabama. There will be a luncheon following the service at the Camden United Methodist Church at approximately noon. Those who knew and loved Clarence are welcome to join.

Born to the late Garmon and Mary Duckworth on August 25, 1929, Clarence grew up in Morganton, North Carolina and graduated from Burke County High School. After high school he attended Gardner Webb College, then served in the Air Force for a brief period. From there he went on to graduate with honors in Forestry Management at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. After earning his degree from NC State he accepted a position with Kimberly-Clark in Ashland, Alabama where he met his wife of 58 years, school teacher Ann Harpe Duckworth. He and Ann moved to Vredenburgh, Alabama in 1964 to work for Wilmon Timberlands as their lead forester. He enjoyed a prosperous career with Wilmon and retired from there in 1993, after almost 30 years of service. He was a registered forester with State of Alabama for over 50 years. They continued to live in the same home in Vredenburgh for the last 53 years. He earned a reputation as one of the most respected foresters in south Alabama over his career. He believed in hard work and was very humble. He loved his family and was a devoted husband and father. He loved growing his garden and working in his yard, hunting rabbits with his beagles, and fishing, when not managing forests in south Alabama. When not working outside he enjoyed college sports, especially seeing his NC State Wolfpack play along with his adopted school, the Auburn Tigers. He was also a faithful member of the Camden United Methodist Church.

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Clarence is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Duckworth; his sons, Marty Duckworth, of Demopolis, Scott Duckworth of Raleigh; daughter in-law, Shelly Duckworth of Raleigh; grandchildren, Madison and Avery Duckworth of Demopolis, Brett and Clay Duckworth of Raleigh; his sisters, Winona Parker and Judy Tallent of Morganton.

Flowers can be sent to Ann Duckworth at 1607 Hwy. 43 South, Bldg A, Rm 11, Demopolis, AL 36732. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Clarence’s name to the Camden United Methodist Church.

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