Sherrill Douglas "Duck" Duckworth, age 76, of Woodstock, Georgia passed away Sunday, December 25, 2022. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta with Pastor David Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Dallas, Georgia. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 28, 2022 from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm at West Cobb Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta, Georgia.
Duck was a legend. What happens when legends die? Nothing. Because legends don't die. They just get bigger and better and more heroic and iconic overtime. Part folk hero, part comedian, part clown, part therapist, part sooth sayer, part yarn spinner, and all Duckworth.
It's a privilege to be a Duckworth.
Duck was born in Fort Payne, Alabama to Knox and Maggie Duckworth-a surprise late in life baby. Duck had two adoring older brothers, Farrell and Jerrell.
He loved his hometown. He grew up attending Fort Payne Church of God, a church that began in his family living room with his mother and grandmother (Dacey Hartline). Coming to Christ as a young child guided him throughout his life. His faith held him steady in good times and hard times.
After high school and a brief stint in Chicago he joined the National Guard. Once honorably discharged his life really began-he moved to Atlanta, GA where he started his first car lot in Hapeville. After being introduced by a mutual friend he met the love of his life, his Blossom, Ann. Ann and Duck were married on July 13, 1974 at Mount Paran Central Church of God.
Ann and Duck were blessed with two loving daughters, Maggie and Sarah.
In the eighties the family moved to Cherokee County, GA. Duck and Ann raised their girls in Woodstock and remained active in their church, Mount Paran. Duck was an usher captain for many years and volunteered with MUST Ministries. Until this fall you could find him in the Selby Sunday School class making coffee for everyone. He was also involved in several men's groups including F-Troop. His faith continued to grow exponentially during the breakfasts he had with these men.
Along the way Duck adopted many of Maggie's and Sarah's friends. He considered Dan Ryan of Chattanooga, TN as the son he never had and Aimee McDonald of Canton, GA as "his favorite daughter"-at least that's what Aimee claims.
Duck leaves behind his doting wife of 48 years Ann, his daughters Maggie Duckworth and Sarah Slaton. His favorite son-in-law, Jesse Slaton, and his "little buddy" Simon Silas Slaton, (his 2 year old grandson). He also leaves behind sister-in-law Reba (d.Ronnie) Barfield, of Marietta, GA, brother-in-law Larry Joe (Rose) Stewart, of Oxford, AL, his best friends and brothers, Jerrell (Sherry) Duckworth of Chattanooga, TN and Farrell (d.Sandra) Duckworth of Bloomington, IN, along with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great nieces and great-great nephews. And more friends than we can count.
He was preceded in death by his mother Maggie Hartline Duckworth, father James Knox Duckworth, niece Toni Duckworth Workman, sister-in-law Sandra Duckworth, brother-in-law Ronnie Barfield, great-great nephew James Alford, and best friend Bud Runion.
We can only imagine the glorious reunion going on in heaven right now!
If you would like to make a donation in Sherrill Duckworth's name please consider supporting MUST Ministries or Mount Paran Missions.
If you knew Duck you loved him. Never forget: HE LOVED YOU TOO.