James Michael Duckworth

By September 4, 2014 Obituaries

James Michael Duckworth was born on November 18, 1954 at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and died at Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital, Charleston, SC, on September 3, 2014.  Michael “Mike” was the son of Donald and Suzanne Horn Duckworth, brother of Kim, Robert (Robin) and Chris (Bonnie). Mike was preceded in death by his father, Donald, and  younger brother, Chris.  He is also survived by niece, Charlotte Duckworth, nephews, Clint Duckworth (Crystal) and Samuel Duckworth, and a large extended family of relatives and friends who will deeply miss this strong, kind and gentle man.

Mike graduated from Hanahan High school in 1973 and began working for General Dynamics at Bushy Park, SC, where he rose to a supervisory position on the LNG spheres project.  He moved on to work on the Baltimore Tunnel project until completion. His career continued in both commercial and residential construction in New Jersey and South Carolina. Most recently, Mike worked as a fellow with The Bridges of Hope, a long-term residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation program in Georgia.

Mike was a long-time NASCAR fan, the handyman for family and friends, loved the beach, and his cat, Bootsie.

Arrangements by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services. Interment service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC, at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to One-Eighty Place (Crisis Ministries), PO Box 20038, Charleston, SC 29413, http://one80place.org/donate/ or the charity of your choice.


  • Marci Barker Andino says:

    Sue, Kim, Rob and family,

    I was saddened to hear about your loss. While it has been many years since I saw Mike, I have many fond memories of good times with Mike and Chris. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.


    • Sue Duckworth says:

      Thank you so much. Rob has written a slightly more complete obituary that should be posted by tomorrow.

  • Christine Wilkerson says:

    When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Still mad.
    Christine Dieter Wilkerson

  • Duckworth Family says:

    Service, internment and reception is to be held
    Saturday, September 20,2014
    3:00 pm
    Grace Episcopal Church
    98 Wentworth Street
    South Carolina 29401

  • When Chris told me the news, it was hard to breath. Such a shock and tragic loss. I have not seen Mike in many years but he has often been in my thoughts. Sue, Rob,Kim and family, you are in my prayers. He will be sorely missed. Love – Marion

  • Judy Dziedzicki says:

    Sue, Bonnie and family
    I was so heart broken to hear the news I am so sorry for your loss. Sue I cannot imagine the loss you are feeling right now. I had the pleasure of working with both Chris and Mike at General Dynamics and have been blessed to be included in many family gathers through the years. You your family Bonnie and your sons I consider to be a special blessing and I am so happy life let me be a small part of your lives. Mike has been in my thoughts and prayers for many years and working with him and getting to know him was a joy. Bless you and your family you will all be in my prayer.
    With love and sincere sorrow

  • Harold Driver says:

    Duckworth Family,

    Some of my greatest Pennington memories were spent at your house..playing basketball in the driveway all day long. Life does what it does, we grow up, move away, start our own lives..But the beauty is you never forget those that touched and had impact in your life. You long for some of those memories but resign yourself to just being thankful for the experience of having had and shared them with such special people.
    I mourn the loss of Big Brother Mike and my prayers will remain for your continued strength as a family. May God hold you all close each day..I’m very sorry for your loss.


    Harold Driver