Opelousas- A funeral service will be held for, Duke Michael Walls, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home in Opelousas. Pastor Benny Reppond will conduct the service. Rite of Committal will follow in the Johnson Cemetery in Bayou Chicot.
Duke, age 57, a resident of Lawtell, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019. Duke Michael Walls was born January 29, 1962 in New Iberia, La to Shelby Duke Walls and Preston Harlan Walls Jr. From that time on, he marched to his own tune.
From the time he could talk he was a clown and tried to make people laugh. He always clowned for his mama and made it hard for her to correct him because she was laughing. His clowning was a real issue with his teachers, but they couldn’t keep a straight face either. We all know as an adult, his clowning often covered up whatever inward pain he was in, but it worked for him.
He loved all things mechanical, loved working on things both for himself and others. All his friends came or called for help when they had vehicle problems and Duke could never say no, no matter the hour of the day. When he was little, to his brother’s detriment, he began to show that interest in how things worked by disassembling his brothers’ remote toys, but then he couldn’t figure out how to put them back together.
He joined the Navy at 18 and was on the famous Midway carrier for his four-year stint after basic in Florida. He talked often of the amazing parts of the world he had seen during that time and was proud he had served his country. His job was loading the bombs onto the planes, He spoke of how hard it was to be away from his family and how he worried something would happen to one of us before he came home.
He followed in his grandfather Duke and his dad’s footsteps, working in the oilfields and learning the various jobs on a derrick. He had advanced to operating the huge cranes on the offshore platforms in the Gulf, and being the daredevil, he was, loved it.
He had a passion for all things classic, but his real love was classic cars. He had owned various models, and nothing pleased him more than finding something that was not running, looked awful and bringing it back to life.
He had many people he loved in his life, but the greatest was his only child, Destiny Alane. He loved his family and though he was a bit of a loner, he loved being with them for family get togethers. He had a big tender heart and a generous nature. Even when he had little, he was quick to share if someone had a need. His personality, his smile, his heart towards others is what will be remembered.
The only bright light in his leaving his loved ones here is that he is now reunited with the baby brother, Chad he lost and grieved sorely 14 years ago, his daddy, Harlan and both sets of grandparents. The world was blessed with his presence and the void he leaves now is vast for those left behind.
He is survived by his mother Shelby Duke Clifton and husband, Claude of Lawtell, daughter, Destiny Alane Bass, Natchitoches, brother, Zane Allen Walls and wife, Lisa of Lafayette, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by father, Preston Harlan Walls, Jr., grandparents, Preston and Effie Walls, Sr. and Charles and Maxine Duke, and brother, Chad Walls.
The family requests visitation be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the Sibille Funeral Home in Opelousas. The funeral home will reopen for visitation on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m.
Words of Comfort to the family may be expressed at www.sibillefuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sibille Funeral Home of Opelousas.
Shelby, Zane and families...I am so sorry to hear about Duke. Such a painful and tragic loss for each of you and those of us who loved him as a friend. Only God can bring you comfort and peace at this time, and I pray that He manifests Himself in a very real and tangible way as the days unfold before you. Love to each of you.
Janis WilliamsonTallahassee, FL
Shelby we’re so sorry for your loss may he RIP.
Paula & SpiderDuson, LA
Mrs Shelbie, we are so sorry for your loss and are praying for your family. God’s peace and comfort to you in abundance, In Jesus’s name. Barbara and Sterling
Barbara BourqueEunice, LA
We are praying for the Lord to surround all the hurt and loss with His peaceable presence and comfort all the breaking hearts. Much love and hugs until we all are gathered together in His arms♥️❤️
Michael&Lily Malone DukeStanton, CA
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all the family during this sad time. God bless.
Jerry & Ann CarltonFayetteville, AR
I’m in shock, I just spoke to him last week through text, everyone is dying and I can’t understand why. No mother should have to go through this once in life much less twice, my heart goes out to you Mrs. Shelby. Chad has his brother with him now.
James LegerChurch Point, LA
Dylan Young & mother Alonda Gobet, LA
We have a virus going around or we would be there to be with y’all. We will be with you and Zane in prayer holding you up . We love you
Judy McdanielBaton Rouge, LA
You have my love in prayers for this abuntant loss .
Denise GuidryEunice, LA
Sending prayers for the Walls family.
Diane Carlton Coursey and Maxie CourseyScurry, TX
Sympathy and Prayers,Shelby,Zane,Destiny,family and friends,So Sorry for your Loss,,you're all in my prayers ,may he Rest In Peace,in Gods Heavenly Garden w.his Loved ones who have gone before him 🙏🏻 😥
Debbie Y. GuidryOpelousas, LA
Fair winds and following seas my Brother. Until me meet again.
Tom HavenMaryville, TN
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
Sending prayers to the Walls family. May Duke R.I.P. I will always remember the fun times we had. God bless this family.
Bryan SoileauMaurice, LA
I hope you have a safe journey my friend
Charles RichardOpelousas, LA
My condolences to you all!! I’m saddened to hear of his passing.
Love you Duke!!
Tessa Ewing MehargOxford, AL
I’m so sorry for your loss,Shelby. As you know the hardest thing in life is to bury your child. Here you are having to bury another child. My sympathy, prayers, and thoughts are with you and your family. 🙏💝JUDY Castille.
JUDY CastilleLawtell, LA
Rest in peace my friend.
susan fontenotBroussard, LA