Duncan, Calvin Lennie


Calvin Lennie Duncan, 90, of Christiansburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Born on Jan. 21, 1930, Calvin was a U. S. Army veteran who retired from Lynchburg Foundry after working there for 43 years, one of the longest persons employed with the company.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Geneva Dobbins Duncan, this past October 6, 2019; his parents, Edgar Jefferson Duncan and Naome Elizabeth Montgomery Duncan; brothers Kyle Duncan and Melvin Duncan; and sisters Tokie Kinser, Velma Duncan and Alma Duncan.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Kevin Harris of Christiansburg, and Kim and Alex Rabinowitch of Ashburn; brothers and sister-in-law, Alva and Glenda Duncan of Radford, and Jabe Duncan of Floyd; grandchildren Emily, Lyndsay, Natasha, and Tori; and many other relatives and friends.

Our beloved Dad and Papa loved his family, loved gardening, loved trout fishing and loved the Smoky Mountains.  He was a kind and gentle soul who cherished his wife and family. Until last summer, he attended sporting and school events, birthday parties, summer vacations and anything that involved his granddaughters, who were his pride and joy.

He had a green thumb and spent many hours working in his garden, which brought him great joy and for the rest of us, top-notch produce. He sold his extra produce to the local markets around the NRV and gave away a lot to family and friends, but it was never a business, just a hobby and a passion as he liked to remind us.

Many people recognized Papa by his little red Toyota truck and his daily coffee breaks at McDonald’s where he met many friends and cherished those friendly chats. For many years, he met his brother, Alva, for breakfast, which was an important part of his day.

The highlight of his year was our annual family vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. Even in his late 80’s, he climbed the rocks just to show us that he could still do it. He loved his family unconditionally and we loved him. Papa is not gone because his memory lives on in all of us who loved him, never to be forgotten.

The family received friends on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Miller officiating.

Interment will be held at a later date in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin.

The Duncan family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

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