Rodney Robert Duckett

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Rodney Robert Duckett, 64, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Rodney was born December 15, 1946 in Asheville to the late Robert Harold Duckett and Helen Bower Duckett. He graduated from Lee Edwards High School in 1965 and then attended and graduated from Lenoir County Community College. Rodney then married his wife Sharon and moved back to Asheville where he worked many years in advertising. He spent the majority of his professional career at Iwanna, where he retired as President in 2009. He was a former member of Arden Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon. Rodney spent fifteen years sharing his love and passion for baseball as a coach to young boys in the West Asheville Little League. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his children and grandchildren. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed delivering meals for Meals on Wheels. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon Williams Duckett; two daughters, Ann Duckett Goosmann and her husband, Greg; Susan Nicole Ingle and her husband, Bobby; a son, Rodney Robert Duckett, Jr. and his wife, Kelly; his seven grandchildren, George Frederick Williams Goosmann, William Wesley Goosmann, Robert Pierce Ingle, III; Isabelle Ann Ingle, Robert Joseph Duckett, Wesley Jacob Duckett, and Catherine Nicole Goosmann. A memorial service will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 with the Reverend Ed Graham officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eblen Charities, 12 Regent Park Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28806 or Meals on Wheels of Asheville at 146 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your lose. Mr Duckett was a great man and will be missed by many. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers

    Bill Flood

  2. Sharon,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Wishing you and your family love and the comfort that only God can give. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Sharon and kids.. No words can express how devistated I am to hear about your Dad’s passing. He was loved by a lot of people, having touched so many lives here. I have such fond memories of going to the auctions and watching him buy watches like a kid in a candy store! (It’s the little moments that you charish most I guess.) You are all in my prayers. Please call me if I can do anything to help you get thru this a little easier.

  4. I had the pleasure and honor of working for Rod when I did design work in the production department of Iwanna’s Greenville Office. He always stopped by and spent a little time with the Art department whenever he would come to Greenville for meetings.

    He was a genuine pleasure to work with and he always did his best to make sure his employees were well taken care of.
    He will be sorely missed.

    You have my heartfelt condolences for your loss.

  5. I remember Rodney very fondly from our days at Hall Fletcher and Lee Edwards. I am sorry to hear about his passing. My prayers go out to his family.

    Steve Self

  6. Sharon,
    I am so heartbroken for you and your family. Rodney was such a wonderful husband and father and he will be greatly missed. I miss his cheerfulnees when I had the opportunity to talk with him on the phone. I love you and will be praying for you and your family. May God keep you wrapped in His arms through this difficult time.

  7. I have the warmest memories of Rod and my time in sales at Iwanna in the Greenville office. He was always sincere and caring to the staff and customers.
    In the summer months he always talked about his love for the water and being on jet skis and boating. He always said he was the biggest kid of his family. The way he spoke of his family was influential in how much time I spent with my mine. For this reason I am so grateful to have known Rod.
    I will miss hearing about Rod from our mutual friend Barbara Bloomer. I always enjoyed learning what he was up to since retiring.
    I pray for a sense of peace to fall over the family during this time of grieving. Although we don’t know why he crossed over, please be comforted by the love he had for you all.

    With love,
    Allison Hughes Stroud

  8. Dear Sharon,
    I so remember you and Rodney from all the years we went to school together…I am so sorry to hear of his passing…May God keep you and your family wrapped in his loving arms of comfort during this time of grief…Your Old Friend, Marcia King Fowler

  9. Sharon and Family,
    Our condolences, thoughts and prayers at the loss of your husband and father. May God’s love and grace carry you now and in the days ahead.

  10. Sharon & family…as you grieve, know that I am remembering you & honoring Rod’s memory…he will never be forgotten. May God’s Grace be a source of strength for all of you.

  11. Sharon: So sorry to hear about Rodney. You two had some great years together and you are so lucky for that. Prayers to you and your family as you struggle through this.

  12. Sharon and family, I am so sorry hear about Rodney. There are so many memories from our West Asheville days that come to mind. I will cherish them.

  13. I worked at the Iwanna with Rod for approx. 5 years and he was the best!! I will always remember Rod for the help he gave me at work and the great personality that he always had. You will be missed so much!

  14. To the family: My sincere condolences on your loss. I worked at the Asheville Iwanna and always thought highly of Mr. Duckett. He was a true gentleman.

  15. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family. I truly enjoyed all the years that I was blessed to work with you and Rodney was always such a pleasant man to be around, he was always smiling and in good spirits. Please know that you all are in my prayers.

  16. So sorry for your loss Rodney and I were friends during elementy school and junior high and high school. I have many fond memories of our friend ship and will miss him.

  17. Sharon and Family,

    Emelie and I are so saddened to learn of Rodneys passing. We will always remember our Little League years with you guys and your friendship. Just know you and Ann, Niki and Roddy are in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times. Cherish the wonderful memories of past days.

    Love, Ronnie and Emelie

  18. Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to Sharon and the entire family. I had the honor of playing baseball for Rodney as a child and an even bigger honor of knowing him as I grew older. What a great man, and a gentleman that will be missed by many.

  19. Sharon,

    My heart aches for your loss. It is so hard to understand the loss of someone so loved.
    Isaiah 18:4, ‘I will remain quiet and look on from My dwelling place’. God is there, Sharon. He may seem silent but God is very attentive and He knows your every sorrow.

  20. Rod was a wonderful man and great friend. In every business setting he could make those around him feel comfortable and included. I’ve never seen a person who could win over a room full of people like Rod. He was fiercely loyal to his employees without compromising his call for stellar service to customers. He was the best boss I ever had. It cuts deeply to know he’s not there anymore. I will miss his laugh, his love of life, his fearlessness and his constant stream of stories about his kids and grandkids. I will miss his infectious positive attitude and encouragement. Most of all I will miss his friendship. Rod was a great friend, an exceptional mentor and inspiring man.

  21. Sharon,
    I am so sorry to hear about Rodney. I will have him and you added to our prayer list in church on Sunday coming. I was always a little jealous of Rodney for winning the prettiest girl in the neighborhood. It doesn’t seem like it has been 50 plus years since we were all riding our bikes on Morris Street. If there is anything Cassie and I can do, please don’t hesitate to let us know. 504-394-4342.


  23. Sharon,
    I always thought Rodney was a neat guy. Even though I haven’t seen him in years, I still feel a loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    John Becton

  24. Ann:

    Pauline and I have prayed that the Holy Spirit will give you, Greg, and your family great encougagement and peace during these days. I know how much a daddy means to a daughter. Do not hesitate to call me if there is anything I can do to help.

  25. My condolences and sympathies go out to the family. My prayers are with you, Bobby and Nicole, especially after the loss of Mr. Ingle. God bless you both and your children.


  26. Dear Sharon and Children,
    We are so shocked and sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Mrs. Duckett, Ann, Nicki and Rodney,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I was saddened to hear of Mr. Duckett’s passing. Know that you and your family are in my family’s thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

    Debbie Slaughter Kalish

  28. Sharon & Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss of Rodney. I remember a lot of good times.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. Dear Sharon, Ann, Niki & Roddy, we are so very sorry about Rodney. Even though we do not get to see each other often we think of you & love you. We are keeping you in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

    Love, Wendy, Roy & Carsyn

  30. Roddy,
    I know you loved your father very much and that you will miss him greatly. All of the great memories of your dad will help you thru this difficult time and beyond. I know he was very proud of you and your accomplishments and loved you and your family very much. Rodney was a good man that touched many people’s lives to include mine. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  31. Sharon, we were so sorry to hear about Rodney–brought back many memories when we were all first married. We really had some good times (remember the horses!) and we will treasure our memories. Please know you and the children are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Arnold and Joyce Hall

  32. Sharon,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss. May God’s love surround each of you, his strength give you strength and his peace give you comfort now and always.

  33. To Sharon and the Children,
    Please know of my prayers for you. Duck and I shared and competed often. His friendship will be missed but I know not as much as Husband’s and Father’s love. May God grant you His Love and Peace.

  34. To Sharon and family, I worked with Rod @ Iwanna for eight years. He was a great person and was always encouraging. I was very saddened to hear of your loss, I always admired you two as a couple. God Bless you and your family as you go through this journey.

  35. Sharon: I was deeply saddened at the news of Rodney’s death. He was the sales manager at Nova when I left,the first time. Words are inadequate at a time like this, but God’s word can make a difference.When my sister passed away in 1980, at age 30, the passage from 1st Thessalonians, helped me. ‘The peace of God that passeth all understanding.’ We do not understand why, but can have peace in knowing that God is in control. My deepest sympathy, Larry

  36. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you, Sharon, and your family at this difficult time.

    I worked with Rod at Iwanna for more years than I care to count. He was a wonderful boss. I feel fortunate to have had him in my life, as a boss, a co-worker, and a friend.

  37. To The Family:

    We are all very shocked and saddened by Rodney’s passing. Please know that all of us are thinking of you at this most difficult time and wish you God’s peace in the days to come.

    Gary, Jan, Chris & Lovell Garner

  38. Sharon and family ~ I was deeply saddened to hear of Rod’s passing. He was a fair, hardworking, caring and kind man who had a quick wit and a gleam in his eye when he spoke of his family. To those that believe in and accept the Lord, death is only a temporary separation. I pray that you find comfort in knowing that you will see his smiling face again one day. The will of God never takes you where the Grace of God cannot protect you. Prayers for you all during this most difficult time.

  39. Ann,
    Your father was a GREAT GUY. I will always cherish the times we spent ‘coaching the boys’. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  40. We were saddened to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
    The Ladies of Kmart Pharmacy

  41. Sharon & Family,
    Sorry to hear about Rodney. Many great memories of our days at Lee Edwards. Please know youall are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Lucy M. Smith

  42. Sharon, You and your beautiful family are in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort you and bring you peace.

  43. Sharon and Family, I came to the service today but had to leave before I had a chance to speak to you. As your son-in-law said, I played football with Rod in the lawn at Vance. We spent a lot of time at the Malvern Hills Pool and had great times at Lee Edwards. I was the Ad manager at Sears when he was at the CT and WWNC, he was a friend but a true pro. Years later, I was the development director at MANNA and IWANNA graciously printed our newsletter. All I can say is, he was a class act, but stayed a good ole’ West Asheville boy and we are all better for having known him.
    Love to you all,
    Donnie Harris

  44. Sharon&Family Sorry to hear of your loss.You will be in our thoughs and prayers. Betty&Janice (beauty shop)

  45. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time. Rodney will certainly be missed by many.

  46. Dear Nicki, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know this must be an unimaginable loss for you right now with the death of your father in law only weeks ago. I hope your family and friends are a great comfort to you during this trying time. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of the times we shared as young girls and I remember how special your dad was as well. I know he will be missed greatly by all those lives he touched in the community and elsewhere. Take care of yourself…Love, Stephanie

  47. Dear Nicki, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know this must be an unimaginable loss for you right now with the death of your father in law only weeks ago. I hope your family and friends are a great comfort to you during this trying time. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of the times we shared as young girls and I remember how special your dad was as well. I know he will be missed greatly by all those lives he touched in the community and elsewhere. Take care of yourself…Love, Stephanie

  48. Sharon, just this hour of this day I heard about Rodney. I remember him well from our days at HF and Lee H. Edwards. God gave you two many years of joy and service to him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  49. I just found out about Rodney’s death this evening when I picked up the IWANNA. He was my third cousin. He was always so kind and friendly. We spent many hours when I was a little boy at his grandmother’s house on Fairfax. She was my Aunt Virgie and Hamp Brown was my grandfather. Know that our prayers are with you, that our Lord will hold you up and remind you of His great love for you. You will see him again, by and by. Mayson Easterling, North Greenville University

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