Gerald Duncan Obituary, Death – After fighting Alzheimer’s and its cruelty for over three years, Gerald W. Duncan penned his final entry in his earthly notebook on July 10, 2023. On April 4, 1945, Gerald Duncan was born in Craig County to V. Stanley and Mildred Duncan, who both passed away. His younger sister, Jane Burner of Staunton, also passed away. After earning his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, Gerald attended Radford University to earn his master’s in business administration. In 1967, he started working as a programmer for RDAISA in the Army Department.
Throughout his 35 years, he won a number of honors, and he was always grateful for the acknowledgment. In 2000, he ran for Giles County Treasurer and won the election, launching his second career. He promptly started developing software to automate and streamline the billing and collection processes. His dedication to making the Giles office the best it could be paid off when he was named Virginia’s Treasurer of the Year. He had an open door policy and insisted that everyone be treated with respect since he enjoyed helping the people of Giles County. Gerald was an active outdoorsman who had success hunting in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, South Dakota, and Texas, bagging game such as deer, bear, and turkey.
In an effort to protect the wild turkey population, Gerald was chosen president of the Virginia State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation three times. The Roger M. Latham Sportsman’s Service Award, given in his honor, honors chapter volunteers who have made significant contributions of time, energy, and resources to the protection and management of the American wild turkey. Eligibility is restricted to those who have made considerable efforts toward the improvement of wild turkeys. His family—his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren—were the source of the greatest joy in his life. Ruth Duncan, his wife of Blacksburg, his son Troy and his wife Heather of New Castle, his son Mark and his wife Eva of Catawba, and his daughter Margree Sisson and her husband Dougie of Shawsville are among his surviving loved ones.
Haley Chandler of Clearfield, Utah; Hagan Chandler of Riner; Tanner Duncan of Richmond; Andrew Duncan of New Castle; Elijah Duncan of Catawba; and Summer Norwood of Shawsville are all grandchildren. Myles and Everly Chandler, both great-grandchildren, both live in Riner. A man of unyielding generosity and resolve, he would help everyone in need and would never give up until he had succeeded. On Friday, July 14, at McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, Virginia, there will be a memorial service. The wake will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the McCoy Community Center. Chapel of the funeral home. A truly exceptional man leaves a void in the lives of those around him long after his passing. What an amazing human being, spouse, parent, grandparent, and great grandparent.