Mildred Brown Duke


   Mildred Duke, age 98, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2020 at Kirby Pines in Memphis, Tennessee.

   Mildred was born in Collinwood, Tennessee on November 23, 1921 to Allen and Hattie Brown. She went to high school in Collinwood where she began her lifelong love of basketball. Upon graduation, she moved to Florence, Alabama and worked at Reynolds Aluminum. She soon met and married Warren Duke on May 25, 1946. They built a wonderful life, raising a family and traveling the world for their 74 years together.

   In addition to her husband, survivors include her daughter, Beverly Finkey and husband Rick of Memphis; grandchildren, Christy White (Tom) of Bettendorf, Iowa and Jesse Hannah Finkey of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Ford, Alex, and Macie White; nieces, Dean Lindsey Stegall, Waynesboro, Nancy Kerr Pollard, Tennessee Ridge, Tennessee; nephew, Ronnie Byler Lindsey, Bolivar, Tennessee.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Doris Brown Lindsey and Edith Brown Kerr; daughter, Barbara Brockman; and son-in-law, Bill Brockman.

   A memorial service was held on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Kirby Pines Chapel in Memphis. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Butterfly Foundation.