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700 Heckle Blvd.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone: (803) 329-4141
Fax: (803) 366-6248
James Duncan

James Mooney "Jim" Duncan

Tuesday, June 17th, 1924 - Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
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James Mooney Duncan, a World War II and Korean Conflict Air Force veteran and private pilot, took his last flight on August 13, 2019 in Rock Hill, SC. He was surrounded by his family.
Jim loved to fly, always telling his children, "If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life."

With 95 years of life and a nearly flawless memory, he was the "go to" for historical and current affairs. Jim was always learning: reading, doing crosswords, and listening.
Believing that the secret to a long, happy life was continuing to stay active, Jim faithfully worked out at the YMCA five days a week for the past 25 years. He was also an avid golfer.

Having grown up in the Great Depression (b.1924), uncharacteristically he became more open, generous, and accepting.
Jim marveled with joy at his eleven grandchildren. When teasingly asked which one was his favorite, he replied, "The one I am with at the time."

Jim is survived by Fran, his loving wife of 38 years, his two daughters, Kim Morris of Indianapolis, IN, and Patti Ratcliffe of Charlotte, NC, his three sons, Jim Duncan of Charlotte, NC, Ron Duncan of Santa Cruz, CA, and Mike Davis of Charlotte, NC, eleven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 16 at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice and Community Care at PO Box 993, Rock Hill, SC 29731.

Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home and Cremation Center is proudly serving the Duncan family.
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    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Westminster Presbyterian Church
    Address
    1300 India Hook Rd.
    ROCK HILL, SC 29732
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Steve Horton

Posted at 10:46am
I wanted to share one particular memory of my Uncle Jim. In addition to being a sage disciplinarian when we were younger Uncle Jim certainly had our respect. He was always ready to listen and when he spoke we all payed attention! I also remember Uncle Jim being very generous to all of us. One particular time, I recall visiting the Duncan house, sometime in the mid to late 60's (1966?) and discovering their amazing record collection. We were all into music at the time (Kim had some cool rock and roll) and we also had the opportunity to play some of the "adult disks". It was on one of Uncle Jim's records that I discovered John Coltrane as part of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (which was actually Miles Davis's backup band taking a day off on tour to cut their own record!)
I had never heard of this particular musician (Coltrane) before and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. I marveled at the sound. Just mesmerized by the improvisation and emotion coming from the recording.
I guess Uncle Jim realized the effect this recording was having and he offered me his copy. I am still spinning vinyl at my house and not only is this disc on regular rotation but for some reason it still plays like new after all these years. I cannot even understand why! Needless to say it does make me think of my Uncle Jim everytime I put it on the turntable.
With much love,
Steve Horton
Fabienne
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Tiffanie J. Hobbs

Posted at 05:00pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Sending you all our love and prayers. We are here if you need anything. Love, The Hobbs Family (John, Tiffanie & JW)
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