Beryle Duck

Born in the small south Alabama town of Luverne, known as the “friendliest city in the South,” the second youngest of four grew up in a loving home, and after graduating from high school, she attended Troy State University. While at Troy State, Beryle met her husband-to-be, Tommy Duck of Bay Minette, Baldwin County, AL. After their marriage in 1954, the couple lived in Troy for one year before moving to Greenville, AL., where Tommy started his career with Liberty National Life Insurance Company, and where their children were born, daughter Lilalice and son Sam. During the twelve years in Greenville, both Tommy and Beryle were active in community activities, including working with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Beryle, first a wife and mother, also enjoyed friends at the bridge table, on the golf course, garden club and substitute teaching in the local school system. Tommy’s career took the family of four to Monroe, Georgia for three years, and back to Greenville for three more years, prior to accepting a position in the home office in Birmingham, AL. in 1972. Sam went onto a career as a defense attorney, and Lil, and her husband, Bill, became missionaries, and lived in Japan for an extended period. A few years after moving to Birmingham and having more time, Beryle made a life style change that started her on a career of her own. She accepted a position with P and S X-ray Company, Inc., and stepped into a career opportunity that was both challenging and very fulfilling. The small company, incorporated in Alabama in 1956, competed with the well known companies in the sales and service of X-ray equipment and supplies. This twenty five year career took Beryle through the ranks of General Manager, Vice President and one of the three Board Members, ending in early retirement in 1997.

Beryle and Tommy’s retirement plans were shattered in 1982 when Tommy suffered a massive coronary heart attack and passed away at the age of 49. The plans included spending retirement on Perdido Bay, near Josephine, where enjoyable summer vacations had taken place for a number of years, participating in water sports, shrimping, relaxing and making friends with other regular visitors who also had connections here. Visits to Roland and Betty Pelts cabin for vacations were deciding factors in their decision to retire here. However, their first visit in 1954 was spent in a log cabin owned by the Baldwin County Superintendent of Education, and the cabin was aptly named “Bored of Education!”

Beryle finally took the plunge in 2003, purchasing a house in Scenic Sunrise Subdivision, developed by the Pelts in the mid eighties. Previously, the four unit efficiency motel, Dixie Court, had been remodeled in 1987-88, and converted into a single family residence. While traveling was favored after Beryle’s retirement, Josephine brought back many memories and persuaded Beryle to spend much more time in the community of Josephine, where she feels she owns a piece of Josephine’s history. Her two children, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren love spending time in Josephine. She treasures her family, her love of life, and her little piece of Paradise…sittin’ by the Bay!


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