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Longtime Paragon designer Joey Duncan dies at 63

Industry veteran and longtime Paragon executive and designer Joey Duncan died May 21 at his Alabama home after sustaining a massive heart attack. He was 63.

A graduate of Jefferson State Community College, he majored in design and marketing. In his career, Duncan worked in all aspects of the furniture industry. Duncan began in retail store sales working his way to buyer and store manager and eventually working as a sales representative of decorative accessories and owning a sales agency with a permanent showroom in Atlanta.

Duncan was instrumental in the success of Paragon. He designed the first Paragon wall décor line in 1981 and then joined the company full-time in 1983 with responsibilities in both product design and sales management. Later in his career Duncan was at the forefront of Paragon's efforts in sourcing products and components from international suppliers. He was also a part of the formation and management of sister company Propac Images as a stock owner.

In the last few years Duncan had the opportunity to semi-retire, while still designing product for Paragon and Propac. He pursued many interests during this time, including his passion for cooking, by opening the Rock House Eatery.

"His loyalty and dedication to our family and companies has been remarkable and we will certainly miss him," said Paragon President Lendell Glassco. "His design expertise and knowledge of the industry were invaluable to Paragon."

He is survived by his wife Anita Duncan, two sons Joey (Bo) Duncan, Jr and Brandon Duncan along with his mother Maxine Duncan and a granddaughter, Isla Jo Duncan. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Duncan and a son, Cody Duncan.

A service was held at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cody Duncan Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Regions Bank, 2025 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976.

 

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