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410 East 16th Street
Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455
Phone: 903-572-3911
Fax: 903-201-5300
Howard Duffie

Howard Edward "Tom" Duffie

July 28, 1954 - October 20, 2019
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Howard “Tom” Duffie was born July 28, 1954 to Mr. S.G. and Mrs. Ella Mae Hooks Duffey in Leesburg, Texas.
Howard accepted Christ at an early age. He joined Myrtle Springs CME Church when he was a “lad of a boy”. He was a faithful servant of Myrtle CME for many years. When he was not at his church home, he could be found at many churches throughout the community helping them with their engagements. He later joined New Life Baptist Church in May 2019.
He is best known as the “Sweet Potato Man”! He could be found plying his produces at “his spot” many days. These days also included the last few months of his life. He provided his customers with the best produce that could be found in these parts. He did not take his job lightly. He did his very best to ensure that everyone received their items in a timely manner, at the best price and with a few stories to go along with it! Tom’s boisterous nature and booming voice could intimidate some and make others laugh like there was no tomorrow. All of friends and family knew his bark was a lot bigger than his bite. His heart was so big that he would see your need and give you the shirt off his back.
Tom is preceded in death by his father, S.G.; and mother, Ella Mae Duffey; two brothers; S.G. Jr., Elmo Lene; sister, Ella Mae Duffey; one grandson, Tranel Duffey.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Patricia A. Duffey of Pittsburg, TX; sons James and Travis Duffey of Fort Worth, TX; two sisters, Catherine Allen of Mt. Pleasant, TX and Dee Dee (Pinki Lene) Kennedy Burns of Arlington, TX.; one brother, Bo Hollins of Suplher Springs, TX; two uncles, Elton Hooks Jr. and George L. Hooks; two aunts, Clematine Dixon and Willie Fae Flemming and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins. He also leaves many acquaintances and others who called him their friend.
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  • Visitation

    October 25, 2019 | 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    October 25, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    J.C. White Funeral & Cremation Services
    410 E. 16th st.
    Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455
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  • Service

    October 26, 2019 | 12:00pm
    October 26, 2019 12:00pm
    Pittsburg High School Annex
    304 Moreland st.
    PITTSBURG, TX 75686
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  • Interment

    Cedar Grove Cemetery
    PITTSBURG, TX 75686


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Posted at 01:42pm
He will be missed. We went to Church together for years, since we were kids. He has teased me terribly over the years. We were cousins, but he never claimed me, all in fun. My condolences to the family.

Norma George Posted at 09:48pm

We will definitely miss Mr Duffey. Went to the same church for years. His bark was a lot worse than his bite. We had many arguments but all in fun. R I P TOM

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