Linda "Rains" Duke


Linda "Rains" Duke

Linda was born August 5, 1946 in Lufkin, Texas, the daughter of the late Agnes (Chisum) and Tommy R. Rains. She passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2008, in a local hospital.

Linda was a retired sales clerk, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. She attended McKindree Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis M. (Sonny) Duke; children and their spouses, Lynda Darlene and Danny Sutherland of Goldthwaite, Texas, Lewis M. Jr. and Amanda Duke of Burke, Amy Lynn and Tim Soderquist of Humble, and Sgt. Jerrod Thomas and Crystal Duke of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandchildren, Scot Davis, Chad Davis, Cary Duke, Brittany Duke, Brandon Waldon, James Waldon, Jordan Waldon, Sharon Duke, Anna Duke, Courtney Duke, Brooke and Austin Ferguson; great-grandson, Dakoda Duke; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Irene Rains of Nacogdoches; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth Henry of Lufkin, Vernell and David Merritt of Lufkin, Jan and Bobby Wood of Diboll; aunt and uncle, Clelon and Ernest Wingate; mother-in-law, Mama Duke; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John Vernon and Sue Duke; sister-in-law, Johnnye Faye; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, J. D. and Dorothy Oliver; and a number of other family members.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes (Chisum) and Tommy R. Rains; infant daughter, Sharon Denise Duke; brother, T. R. Rains, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Marvin L. Henry.

Expressions of sympathy in Linda's memory may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 S. Raguet, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

Graveside services for Linda will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2008, in the Gann Cemetery, with her nephew, Bro. David L. Merritt officiating.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.

Gipson Funeral Home; Philip Snead, director