A Wilmington native, Duane attended New Hanover High School before graduating from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. With over 36 years of experience, Duane has dedicated his life to serving families during their time of need.
Actively involved in his community, Duane is a member and Past Master of Wilmington Lodge #319 A.F. & A.M., Wilmington York Rite Masonic Bodies, Sudan Shrine Center in New Bern where he serves on the Widows Fund Board of Directors, a member and past Captain of the Sudan Drum & Bugle Corps, member and past Patron of AREME Chapter #372 Order of Eastern Star and member of the Arab Shrine Club in Wilmington. Very involved with the Arab Shrine Club, Duane has served on the annual Fish Fry Committee as a site location Chairman for over 30 years.
Professionally, he is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association and the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.
He and his wife are members of Red Hill Pentecostal Church in Freeman.