Mary Frances Denney Duncan

Born: Tue., Nov. 20, 1945
Died: Sun., Oct. 7, 2012

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Mary Frances Denney "Fran" Duncan, age 66, of Greensboro, GA, died Sunday, October 7, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Newnan, GA on November 20, 1945 to the late Holland Melson Denney and Marjorie Bailey Denney. She graduated from Newnan High School in 1963. She married Rev. Colin Duncan on January 26, 1963. Her working career began at the First National Bank of Newnan and Newnan Federal Savings and Loan as an administrative assistant from 1963 to 1968. Then she went into the mission field with her husband Rev. Colin Duncan, serving for three years in Central America, Nicaragua and Mexico from 1968 to 1971 with the Baptist International Missions, Inc. out of Chattanooga, TN. They returned to the United States and she worked as an administrative assistant for Crestwood Christian Academy in Tyrone, GA from 1971 to 1986. After Rev. Duncan became the Pastor for Bethel Fundamental Independent Baptist Church and teacher and principal at Bethel Christian School in Union Point, GA, she was the administrative assistant for the school from 1986 until it closed.

She is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, Rev. Colin Kelley Duncan of Greensboro, GA; son-in-law, Bryan Hawkins of Eatonton, GA; sister, Karolyn Denney Williamson of Stockbridge, GA; brother, Holland Denney of Oshawa, Canada; grandson; Ethan Grant Hawkins of Eatonton, GA; mother-in-law, Selma Duncan; nephews, Kevin Williamson and Mark Denney; nieces, Kim Williamson (Steven), Shauna Denney and Sharlene Denney; a number of other relatives and many, many friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelley Briana Duncan Hawkins.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 3963 Union Point Highway, Union Point, GA 30669 with Rev. Doug Anderson and Rev. Bobby Tomlin officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Bryan Hawkins, Kevin Williamson, Caleb Duncan, Josh Duncan, Scott Kranick and Kevin Couch. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Cooper, Daniel Strozier, Gene Vaught, Jimmy Farmer, Ed Ogletree, Glenn Taylor, John Manley, Gerald Strozier, John Osborne and the Girl''s Volleyball Team. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday night at McCommons Funeral Home in Greensboro, GA. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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Robin Smith
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
My condolences go out to Mrs. Fran's family and friends. She was a Godly Christian woman who lived the life she taught, and was a great example for all who knew her. I was honored to work with Mrs. Fran and Preacher Duncan at Bethel Christian School. I know that she is rejoicing in Heaven, back together with Kelley and others who have gone on before her.

Wanda McCannon
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
Mrs. Fran was such a special woman. She was a Christian who lived for Christ every day. I know that Heaven is brighter with her there. I pray that God will put His loving arms around the family and give them peace and comfort. She will be greatly missed.

Susanne Griffin & family
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
We are praying for you Preacher Duncan and your family. Mrs. Fran was a true example of Prov. 31 , I will always treasure her advice and the times she would stop everything to pray with me. She noy only taught Godly principles to those around her she lived a faithful , Godly life each and every day . What a glorious time she is having in Heaven ! We send our love and prayers . The Griffin family

Remah H. Evans
   Posted Tue October 09, 2012
I remember Frances(one of my Denney first cousins) growing up in Newnan, GA. In thinking about her I think of words like--Beautiful (inside and out)--Kind, never heard her complaining or grumbling--Sweet disposition--Vivacious love for life, her family and her God--Twinkling eyes, gorgeous smile that gave her an excitement about everything. We were not in touch as much in latter years but continued to hear about her and her involvement with Colin in their work for our God. I feel very blessed to have had her in my life for a period of time in our younger days. Bobby and I send sincere sympathy and love to you, Colin, and the rest of the family. Pray for peace and comfort for you. Bobby and Remah Evans

Andria Reese Boivin
   Posted Tue October 09, 2012
Sorry to hear about Ms. Fran passing. She will surely be missed. I really enjoyed having her in my life during my high school years. We will be praying for you Preacher Duncan each and everyday. Robert, Andria & Taylor

Tyra Martin
   Posted Wed October 10, 2012
My prayers go out to Preacher Duncan and all of Mrs. Fran's family. While I know she will be missed, we can all rejoice in the fact she is in Heaven where she belongs.

GRADY hancock
   Posted Thu October 11, 2012
Colin, just found out that your wife has passed away.I know that she is in heaven. Would haved sent this a coupleof days ago, but I was in the hospital and just got home.Our deepest sympathy and may god give you comfort and keep you and all your family in his hands. Grady!