Paragon executive, designer Joey Duncan dies at age 63
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 5/31/2011 9:43:45 AM
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Paragon, a wall décor producer based here, announced the death of long-time company executive and designer Joey Duncan. Duncan died suddenly of a massive heart attack on Saturday, May 21, at his home in Guntersville, Ala. at the age of 63.
Duncan began his career 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.
According to Paragon, Duncan was vital to the company's success. He designed the first Paragon wall décor line in 1981, before joining the company full time in 1983 with responsibilities in both product design and sales management. Also, Duncan was at the forefront of Paragon's efforts in sourcing products and components from international suppliers, and he participated in the formation and management of Paragon sister company Propac Images as a stock owner.
In the last few years, Duncan semi-retired, still designing product for Paragon and Propac. He pursued his passion for cooking, opening the Rock House Eatery.
"His loyalty and dedication to our family and companies has been remarkable, and we will certainly miss him," said Lendell Glassco, president, Paragon. "His design expertise and knowledge of the industry were invaluable to Paragon."
Duncan is survived by his wife Anita Duncan, two sons Joey (Bo) Duncan, Jr. and Brandon Duncan, his mother Maxine Duncan and a granddaughter, Isla Jo Duncan.
A service was held Tuesday, May 24, 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.
For more information, contact Leslie Bonds at 800-547-7746.
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