James Clayton Duke

December 31, 1976 - May 18, 2022

12/31/1976 - 05/18/2022

James Clayton Duke of Virginia Beach passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 45. 

James is survived by his mother Donna Capps Diefenbach and her husband Dennis; brother Patrick Neil Padgett and his wife Gina; maternal grandmother Doris Lee Bossie; aunt Monica Kapps; and two nephews Avery and Dalton Padgett.

James is preceded in death by his father James Calvin Duke of Suffolk, Virginia; paternal grandparents Calvin ”Cooch” and Nancy Duke; aunt Joan; and grandfather Ernie Bossie.

James was a graduate of Bayside High School. He was a faithful friend to many. James was a resident of Newport News for 15 years. He Also belonged to the Plumbers and Fitters Local #110 and former Local #631.

A Celebration of Life will be held on May 23, 2022 at Kempsville Christian Church in Virginia Beach at 1:00pm.

James will join the Duke family in Holland Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia with a graveside service to be held at a later date. 

Memorial donations can be made in James’ honor to Hampstead United Methodist Church in Hampstead, North Carolina.

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Edward J. Bossie
1 month ago

Donna, Mary and I are so sorry for the loss of your son Clay. We will be praying for Clay and all the family. May he RIP and peace come over you all knowing he will be with Jesus.