Dewey Benson “Duke” Preast, Sr., 83, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
A graveside service with Masonic Rites will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Baptist Cemetery in Scotland Neck.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.
Duke was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He was a Telegraph Operator for the railroad prior to serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon his return, he graduated from East Carolina College. He retired from the NC Department of Revenue. Duke was a past master at Hiram Lodge #40 and past president of the Wake County Shrine Club. He was instrumental in organizing the Wake County Pirate Club Chapter. Duke’s belief in helping others was illustrated in his charitable endeavors and his belief in East Carolina University was illustrated by his ongoing efforts to further the university in every way.
Duke is survived by his wife, Hope Whittington Preast; his children, Dewey Benson Preast, Jr. of Wilmington, Evelyn Preast Cooper and husband Rick of Duncan, SC, and John Preast and wife Bekki of Garner; his sister, Miriam Preast Phelps and husband Elbert of Scotland Neck; and five grandchildren, Dewey B. Preast, III, June Preast, Andrew Cooper, Daniel Cooper, and Nikolas Preast.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the East Carolina University Educational Foundation, Ward Sports Medicine Building; Suite 304, Greenville, NC 27858 or to the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.
Arrangements are being handled by Letchworth Funeral Home in Scotland Neck.