Jack E. Duckworth – Florida Obituary
Jack Edward Duckworth, Age 83, ran to the arms of Jesus on Friday, May 31, 2019. He was born on March 6, 1936 in Canton, NC to his parents, Clarence and Mabel Williams Duckworth. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Neil (Sue) Duckworth and his sister, Kay Duckworth Corzine (Bruce). He attended Pisgah High School and Berea College where he ran track and still holds the college record for the fastest 440 yard race. He met his wife of 58 years, Nancy Jean Silver, and they had three children, Donna (Jim), Larry (Diane) and David (Valorie). Jack had 7 grandchildren (Jason, Samantha, Jack, Mitchell, Jimmy, Julia, and Carson. He was blessed to know his only great-granddaughter, Nova Jaymes. Jack often said he was blessed to love two women in his life. The last three years of his life were spent with one of the most loving, compassionate and witty ladies his family has ever met, Jean McCarthy. The family is very thankful for her and she will forever be part of our family!
Jack was an avid golfer and played at his winter residence in Timber Pines, Spring Hill, FL. During the summer he lived in Canton, NC and was a member at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Jack was a college sports fanatic and was a member of Western Carolina University’s Catamount Club. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, a Kentucky Colonel, and an honorary citizen of New Orleans, LA.
Jack was one of the most generous men ever known. If you knew him, he had an impact on you! He never met a stranger which is why his 35 year career at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was extremely successful. His motto for sales was, “Make a Sale a Day”. He also made it a point of meeting five new people every day! Jack was inducted into Metropolitan Life’s Hall of Fame in 1993. He was only the 52nd person in MetLife’s 150 year history to achieve this honor.
In Jack’s later years, he made sure you remembered him by handing out candy to all the ladies he came in contact with!
A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, June 6th at 11:00am at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34608, followed by a reception at Northcliffe’s Family Life Conference Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northcliffe Baptist Church in memory of Jack E. Duckworth.