Thomas Duke “Tom” aka Bear Belt
Sunday 22nd of November 1936 - Monday 19th of August 2019
Thomas Duke “Tom” aka Bear Belt, 82, died on Aug. 19, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Charlotte Johnson Belt. He was the son of the late Sam and Charlotte Belt, born in Paris, KY on Nov. 22, 1936. He was a graduate of EKU and retired as Chief Enforcement Officer of the KY Dept. of Insurance. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity-University of Kentucky and was very proud of being a walk-on Freshman UK Basketball player in 1956. He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter and son, Laura Starns and Mark Taulbee; his grandchildren, Madison and Landon “Buster Brown” Starns; and his great-grandchildren, Houston Thomas Rodgers. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 4-5:15 PM with a remembrance service at 5:30 PM, Milward-Man O’ War, 1509 Trent Blvd. Memorial contributions may be made to Southland Christian Church. www.milwardfuneral.com
Mary Carol Searssays
Dear Laura, So sorry to read of Tommy Duke’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your brother. I shall always have fond memories of Charlotte and TD. Sorry to miss you; hope all is well with you and yours. Fondly, Mary Carol
Billy D Purcellsays
Bill and Carol Purcell send our prayers to the family. We were classmates of Tom class of 55 at PHS. Bill was on the same basketball team and have many memories of those days together. We had breakfast with Tom that included John W.Crump,Don Beheler,Tom Fullington,Bobby Toohey, Carol and Bill...so many laughs together at the old memories a few years ago on a trip back to Paris.. So grateful for our time together. Carol and Bill Purcell
Gayle H Reessays
So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We were classmates for eight years before he decided to repeat for athletic reasons. Always appreciated him and Charlotte. He was a friend since childhood. Sympathy extended TL the family.
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.