December 16, 1920 – October 9, 2015
Reverend Malachi C. Duncan, 94, of 692 Bailey Road Union, SC entered eternal rest Friday morning, October 9, 2015 at his residence. A native of Buffalo in Union County, SC, he was the widower of Jessie Mae Stewart Duncan and son of the late Reverend Allen D. Duncan, Sr. and Lucy Robinson Duncan.
He was preceded in death by his ten siblings, Charlie Duncan, Annie Bell Wright, Ezra Duncan, Rev. Robert Duncan, Rev. Allen Duncan, Jr., Elnora Kennedy, Titus Duncan, Rev. Aubrey Duncan, Rev. Lawrence Duncan, and James Duncan. He leaves a legacy of love and devoted service to his beloved family: one son, Melvin Carl (Patricia) Duncan; three daughters, Doris Duncan (Joseph) Davis, Barbara Duncan Christie, and Harriett Duncan (the late Edward) Harris; six grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Reverend Duncan’s preparation for life’s vocation was clearly influenced by his father’s preaching and his mother’s singing. The effect of such influence served as a fountain for his deep abiding faith, his constant and secret life of communion with God. An army veteran having served three years, Reverend Duncan assisted the chaplain in the Armed Forces by reading and writing letters for his army buddies. He became known as “The Preacher” of his company. He accepted the call to the gospel ministry in 1944 and was licensed to preach at the Woodson Chapel Baptist Church, Union, SC, by the Reverend A. A. Townsend in 1946. Reverend Duncan accepted his first pastorate in 1947, serving at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Chester, SC. Reverend Duncan graduated from Sims High School in Union, SC. He attended Benedict College from 1947-1951 and earned the AB Degree. In 1952 he received the Bachelor of Divinity Degree from J.J. Starks School of Theology at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He also attended South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC and USC-Columbia. After completing his degree at Benedict College, he taught social studies at Sims High School and Sims Jr. High for twenty years (1960-1981). He was blessed and privileged to pastor several churches in SC and NC, which included, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Leeds, SC, Old Wilson Baptist Church, Chester, SC, Saint Paul Baptist, Orangeburg, SC, Saint Paul Baptist, Winnsboro, White Plains Baptist Church, Laurens, SC, Poplar Springs Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC, New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Gaffney, SC, New Ellis Chapel Baptist Church, Shelby, NC, New Trinity Baptist Church, Wellford, SC, Long Branch Baptist Church, Greenville, SC, and Foster Baptist Church, Roebuck, SC. He retired from Old Beaverdam, Newberry, SC after serving twelve years. Reverend Duncan’s affiliations were many: Masonic Lodge #34, Union, SC; lifetime member of NAACP, member of United Ministers for Christ, SC; Fellowship Ministers Association, Union, SC; member of the National Baptist Convention of America: Baptist Education and Missionary Convention of SC; and past Moderator of the Tyger River Baptist Association of Spartanburg, SC. He received the SC House of Representatives Living Legend Award in 2008.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at Saint Luke Baptist Church, 718 Lukesville Road, Buffalo, SC. Burial with military honors will follow in the Woodson Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery, 1447 Meansville Road, Union, SC. The family will receive friends at the Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home, 361 Meansville, Union, SC from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.michaelaglennfh.com. The Michael A. Glenn Funeral Home is serving the family.