Duke, Jessie Wheeler

Jessie Wheeler Duke, 98 of Salem, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011. She was born in Princeton, W.Va. on September 5, 1913, but lived in Salem for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Travis and Lou Emma Kingery Wheeler; husband, Frank Miller Duke; brothers, Robert, Walton, Albert, Henry, Cecil, Allen and J.W. Wheeler, and sisters, Gladys Reid, Ruth Taliaferro, Emma McDonald, Dorothy Bowen and Virginia Smith.

Jessie is survived by her sister, Hazel Wheeler Shelor of Salem; two daughters, Jacqueline Duke Nelson and husband Garth of Richmond, and Priscilla Duke Evans of Salem; three granddaughters, Jane Nelson Herbert and husband Doug of Washington, D.C.; Cynthia Nelson Barnhurst and husband Doug of Virginia Beach, and Lisa Bayse Baar and husband Eric of Virginia Beach; six loving great-grandchildren, Meredith and Spencer Scavone, Allison and Erin Barnhurst, all of Virginia Beach; and Garth and Katie Herbert of Washington, D.C. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Jessie was employed by the Salem Hosiery Mill, and retired from Roanoke County Public Schools where she worked at East Salem Elementary School.

She was a longtime member of the Salem Church of Christ.

Funeral services were conducted on Sept. 19 in the chapel of John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. Her nephews, the Rev. Neil Wheeler of Chester and the Rev. Scott Baker of Talimadge, Ohio, officiated. Burial followed at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem Church of Christ Building Fund, 401 W. Main St., Salem, VA 24153.

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