MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. - Bennie Ray Dukes, 75, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 at 4:35PM at Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital in Bowling Green. Mr. Dukes was born March 17, 1937 in Muhlenberg County. He was employed with UMWA Local #1605 beginning in 1970, later becoming President for that local. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Bevier, KY, American Legion, Central City Masonic Lodge, and Shriner's Rizpah Temple. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Judith Kaye Dukes; former spouse, Mary Howard Dukes; daughter Carole Hamilton; parents George and Virginia Belle Dukes; sisters Margie Erwin, Dorothy Hawkins, and Isabelle Camplin; and brothers George Y. Dukes, Lewis B. Dukes, Connis Dukes, Othel Dukes, Jackie Dukes, and Lloyd Dukes.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Bedel Dukes; daughters Brenda Gayle Lewis of Dallas, TX, Melissa Dukes of Greenville, and Jessica Embery Smith of Central City; son Kenneth Ray Dukes of Miami, FL; grandchildren Amanda Barb, Shane Puerto, Ray Dukes, Raven Dukes, Trey Lewis, Ken Dukes Jr., Jeremy Dukes, Bennie Dukes, Marissa Tarrants, and Max Smith; brothers Billie (Juanita) Dukes, Robert (Mary) Dukes, and Jimmy Dale (Delores) Dukes; sister-in-laws Lois Dukes, Shirley Dukes, Flo Dukes, Patsy Dukes, Jennifer Bedel, Amy Bedel, and Barbara (George) Monte de Oca; brother-in-laws David (Erica) Bedel and Cliff Erwin; and in-laws Alvin and Sandy Bedel.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 1, 2013 at 11:00AM at Tucker Funeral Home in Central City, with Rev. Curtis McGehee officiating, assisted by Cecil Roberts. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday after 5:00PM at the funeral home. Masonic services will be Thursday at 8:00PM. Online condolences may be made at

Posted on 2/2/14

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