Paragon designer Joey Duncan dies at age 63
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 7/22/2011 6:22:38 AM
INDUSTRY VETERAN AND longtime Paragon executive and designer Joey Duncan died May 21 at his Alabama home after sustaining a 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 before 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.
Duncan had "semi-retired," while still designing product for Paragon and Propac.
"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."
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cody Duncan Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Regions Bank, 2025 Gunter Ave., Guntersville, AL 35976.
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