November 17, 1942 ~ January 11, 2017
Born in: Buncombe Co., NC,
Resided in: Leicester, NC
Michael Calvin Duckett, age 74 passed away at home January 11th, 2017 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. Mike was born November 17th, 1942 to the late Calvin and Geneva Duckett. He was a lifelong resident of the Sandy Mush Community of Leicester where he and his wife, Margaret Ellen operated Four M Acres Dairy for 42 years. He loved farming and was always willing to try innovative ideas which have impacted many area farms. He won many prestigious awards including Dairyman of the Year, Outstanding Farm Conservation for the Buncombe County Soil and Water District, Production Awards, and the Seven State TVA Farm Management Award. With his determination and knowledge, many local dairy herds have benefited from his ability to breed high producing, genetically improved cattle. He was always eager to try new farm practices to improve production and his farm community. He was an officer of the WNC Holstein Association, the Sandy Mush Community Club, The WNC Dairy Commission, and the Buncombe County Dairy Herd Improvement Association. He was also a member of the Buncombe County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and served on The Maryland-Virginia, Carolina-Virginia, and WNC Milk Producers Associations Boards. He was an Advisory Board Member of the Buncombe County ASCS, FCX, Southern States and the North Carolina Dairy Youth Foundation. Mike strongly supported FFA and 4-H youth and was always willing to support them with fund raisers or by just allowing them to visit his farm for dairy judging contests. He was a leader of the Sandy Mush 4-H Club. He was instrumental in helping establish the Little Mountaineer Scholarship that has helped many dairy and farm kids in Western North Carolina further their education. He was a mentor to many young people who had an interest in agriculture. He felt it was important to be a good community steward and thought it was important to help out in the community by helping those in need, fighting to get better roads, and participating in beautification projects. He oversaw the care of Ebenezer Church Cemetery for many years. Mike loved his family and friends and enjoyed being around people. He never met a stranger and little kids were always drawn to his friendly nature. He enjoyed traveling to other areas to see a variety of agriculture ventures. He loved going to farm equipment shows, dairy shows, talking to friends and always loved a good meal. He will be greatly missed and will remain in the hearts of the many lives whom he touched. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 47 years, Margaret Ellen Brown Duckett, his daughter Melisa Duckett Wells and husband Martin, his son Michael Duckett and wife Julie, his grandchildren Maisey Wells and Logan Duckett who were the light of his life and kept him going when things were hard. He is also survived by his sister Betty D. Wilson and mother-in-law Margaret Brown. Mike thought the world of his in laws and considered them his own brothers and sisters. They include sister-in-law Lavon Cox, sister-in-law Sarah Benson and husband Ron, brother-in-law Charles Brown and wife Tammy, brother-in-law Terry Brown and his wife Regina. He will also be missed by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is proceeded in death by brother in laws Johnny Cox and Gene Wilson and father-in-law Thomas J. Brown. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Revs. Ray Hipps and Jackie Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Matthew Cody, Jeremy Fox, David Wells, Dustin Brown, Charles Shook, George King, Keith Teague and Mike Broome. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Caldwell, Aubrey Wells, John Garrett, Charles McKeel, Charles Brown, Terry Brown, and the late Phillip Wells. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be sent to the Little Mountaineer Scholarship Fund at 428 Willow Creek Rd., Leicester, NC 28748.
My sympathies to family and friends. I enjoyed my visits to the Duckett dairy farm over the years. May you all find comfort in many treasured memories.
Margaret Ellen & family,
We are so saddened to hear of Mike’s death, He was a wonderful man and was a mentor to a lot of young dairyman including, Johnny and Jonathan. They had the up most respect for him and knew the bulls that they purchased would be of great quality. The knowledge and love he had for the dairy industry will be missed by generations to come. May God wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you in the days ahead.
Love & Prayers, Johnny, Marlene, Jonathan, Ashley & girls
On behalf of the NC FFA Association, we are so sorry for your loss and wanted to recognize the generous support Mr. Duckett and the Duckett Family has provided to our students through the FFA Dairy Handlers Competition, Little Mountaineer Scholarship, and by allowing them to visit your farm to practice for the dairy judging event for so many years. Thank you and know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers. Losing someone you love so much is so hard. May you find strength and peace in Christ alone and you face the dark days. May God grant you extra blessing and we are here if you need us.
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family at this very difficult time.
Margaret, I have only known Mike and you about 7 years but I have always thought of you as great friends. Mike will be very much missed.You will be in my thought and prayers. Ronald Rich
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today, and in the days to come.
Mrs. Margaret Melissa & Maisey it saddens me to hear of the passing of this sweet wonderful husband father and grandfather he will be truly missed..If there is anything I can do for you guys don’t hesitate to ask…Love you guys
We send our love to all
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I went to school with Mike. It is sad that our class is aging and passing away. Although he will be greatly missed, take comfort in the knowledge that he was a wonderful man. May God comfort your family.
Margaret Ellen and family my prayers and thoughts are with you. I know what you are going thru. Mike was well thought of. God is our refuge and strength during these times.
The Reeves family is thinking of you at this time as we are missing the ‘greats’ in local agriculture.
So sorry to hear about Mike My thoughts and prayers are with you
He was a good man and I am glad I knew him.
We are so sorry for the loss of mike !! I will cherish the special memories I have of him while I was growing up in sandy mush !! He truly will be missed !! Our deepest sympathies for the entire family !!
We our praying for all of you.The Duckett and Karn have so many memories together. My hart hurts so much for your family.I can’t find the words to tell you how much we love you more than words can say.
So sorry to hear about Mike. He will be missed. If there is anything I can do just let me know.
So sorry for your loss Melisa, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
just found out about big mikes passing and i am very sorry for your loss. his presence on the farm and community will be missed..
I am so sorry for your loss. Leicester has lost a good one! Just wanted you to know that I am praying for peace and comfort for your family.