Mrs. Marjorie Duncan
Marjorie Brown Duncan passed away and into the loving arms of the Lord Jesus Christ on March 12 , 2018, at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She was born in Madison County, Mississippi, on June 14, 1930, and was the only child of Sybil Underwood Brown and Samuel Laurence Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Duncan, and was the mother of Samuel James Duncan of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Amy Duncan Byars (Randy) of Oxford, Mississippi. Her only grandchild, Mary Sybil Byars Hodge, recently married Austin Kyle Hodge, both of whom are registered nurses and reside in Jackson, Mississippi.
Marjorie retired from the Madison County Welfare Department, where she was an eligibility worker for many years. She faithfully cared for her Mother in her later days and enjoyed her many friends and cousins in the Canton area. She loved to play bridge, especially the fellowship and conversation around the table.
After retirement and some surgery, she moved to Hattiesburg to recuperate with her son. Marjorie soon made Hattiesburg her new home and made many friends in the retired community. She especially enjoyed the dear friendships made while she attended the First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg. She volunteered for many years at the ICU waiting room at Wesley Hospital, and was active on the bridge circuit and enjoyed travelling, both near and across the country. She was a beloved surrogate mother/grandmother, confidant, counselor, and friend to many younger family friends and loved her visits and calls with her dear cousin Ruth Cook. This sweet lady delighted in her small family and was always happy when there was yard work, planting, pruning, and related activities at home on Lynnwood Circle.
Despite her struggles with mobility, she truly enjoyed the welcoming, kind, and caring folk at the Bay Street Presbyterian Church. She was especially fond of her Sunday School Class and its teacher, William H. McIntosh, III, and her Pastor, Brian Davis, who ministered to her, helping her to grow in her faith and knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
She was very proud of her Southern Presbyterian heritage. Her Uncle, Reverend C. W. Grafton, pastored the Union Church, near Brookhaven, Mississippi, for 60 years and was the Moderator of the 1917 General Assembly of the Southern Presbyterian Church. Another Uncle, Reverend J. N. Brown, pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport, Mississippi, for many years. Her son is a Ruling Elder, currently serving at the Bay Street Presbyterian Church, and was the Moderator of the 1997 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America.
The first of two visitations will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at the Bay Street Presbyterian Church, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with a funeral and worship service immediately following.
The second visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Breland Funeral Home in Canton, Mississippi, followed by the burial next her to family in the Concord Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Bay Street Presbyterian Church.