Horace "Smitty" Duke Passes Away

1968 Men's Olympic Team
1968 Men's Olympic Team

One of USA Volleyball’s “All-Time Greats" Horace “Smitty” Duke, passed away Sept. 18, 2010 due to complications from prostate cancer at his home in Morganton, N.C. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and three daughters, Teresa, Judy, and Rusty. He was 68.

Duke (pictured left with the 1968 Olympic Team, #7) played on the National Team starting in 1965 through the early 1970’s, and he received a special setting honor at the 1966 World Championships that took place in the former Czechoslovakia. He was a gold medal winner on the USA team at the 1967 Pan American Games, and at one point was considered one of the top six volleyball players in the world. Duke was named an All-Time Great by USA Volleyball in 1990.

A funeral service was held in October in Center, Texas.

Originally published in January 2011

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