Mr. John Brown “Stretch” Duffie, 72
Mr. John Brown “Stretch” Duffie, age 72, of Douglas, Ga., passed away suddenly at his residence on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Mr. Duffie, a native of Greenwood, SC, was born October 4, 1945, to the late Jack Theodore Duffie and the late Mary Elizabeth Brown Duffie Thornton.
Mr. Duffie began his colorful sports career in baseball, football and basketball at Avondale High School in Atlanta, GA and then later at Brewton-Parker Junior College from which he graduated. He ultimately signed a bonus contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pitcher, where he played in that organization from 1966 to 1969. At that time he was the tallest player in professional baseball. After he moved to Douglas he worked with the City of Douglas in the maintenance department where he retired as the maintenance supervisor.
Mr. Duffie was a member of St. Illa Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Tonya Moore Duffie of Douglas, GA, one daughter, Brandy Michelle Novak of Coventry, Connecticut, two grandchildren, Katrina Novak of Coventry, Connecticut, Brandon Novak and his wife Jackie of US Marine Corpse of Washington, DC, one brother, James Duffie and his wife Mary of Atlanta, GA, step-father, William J. Thornton of Rabun Gap, GA, three nephews, Ron Duffie and his wife Dawn of Auburn, AL, Ken Duffie and Philip Duffie and his wife Heather both of Atlanta, GA, one sister-in-law, Cynthia Lyons and her husband Mike of Augusta, GA, and their two children, Angela McClure and her husband Jonathan of Atlanta, GA, Pamela Freeman and her husband Jason of Cabot, Arkansas, several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
The memorial service will be held Friday morning, April 27, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Illa Baptist Church with Rev. Walter James officiating.
In lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to St. Illa Baptist Church, 5638 GA Highway 158 West, Douglas, GA. 31535 or to ABLE FOUNDATION, at www.purewaterww.org.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.ricketsonfuneralhome.com.
Ricketson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.