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Duncan Laugh Gene

[Eric]: Some of these pictures in here—I don’t know if you had a chance to see them while Mary Lynn was talking, but—Uncle Tad and Uncle Steve joking together.

This is not the photo Eric was looking at, but it is evidence of the genetic nature that Gloria describes below. On the left, Tad with horns. On the right, Steve with horns. 

[Gloria]: Yeah, that was a good one.

[Eric]: Uncle Tad laughed and laughed. I mean he always was laughing and I love to be around Uncle Tad.

[Gloria]: And, you know, he thought he was the funniest person. He would tell a joke and he’d laugh like it was. And Chris and I—‘cause I do that now. I’ll tell a joke to them two and I’m just a-laughing. And they think, “Why do you think you’re so funny?” My dad was the same way. He just thought he was the funniest person.

[Gail]: It’s the Duncan gene.

[Gloria]: He was a good person.

[Gail]: He had such a good laugh.

story told by Gloria (Tad’s daughter) with interjections by Gail and Eric (Lee’s kids),) to the family reunion gathering on January 11, 2014; transcribed by Dawn Duncan Harrell (Steve’s daughter)

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  • I’m not in possession of this particular photo, but how about everyone send me or post your photos of family members laughing.


Family Reunion 2014 Report

Twenty Taylor Albert Duncan descendants gathered in Waxhaw this past weekend (Jan 9–12) to reconnect.Everyone

Highlights and Lowlights

  • Everyone told their stories to the whole group, caught us up, cried, teased, laughed, and listened.
  • We stayed up way too late talking and got less sleep than we wanted.
  • Gloria brought us Taylor Albert Duncan gold (see below “Treasure”).
  • Dawn hogged Allan’s computer all day Saturday to scan.
  • Kathy and Mary Lynn provided delicious food in abundance.
  • Kathy and Kim (with some help) were left with large messes.
  • TJ played the Moonlight Sonata for us in the JAARS Chapel.
  • It rained all day Friday and all day Saturday.
  • Kathy’s house provided a perfect gathering space.
  • The basement flooded on Saturday.
  • Some of us toured JAARS, the Alphabet Museum, and the Mexico Museum together.
  • Some of us got wet trying to find which building the rest of us went into.
  • Those who visited the Carolinas Aviation Museum heard survivors of the Hudson River plane share their stories and answer questions in person. Very cool.
  • Our rental cars got stuck in the muddy ruts outside Kathy’s house.
  • We played Dutch Blitz, rotating players through the teams.
  • Gail and Bruce cheated. Heidi and Virginia won.
  • We worshiped and prayed together on Sunday morning.
  • Colin was the last one to leave on Sunday, so he built a pyramid with our cups.

TJ Playing the Moonlight Sonata in the JAARS ChapelWho Attended

  • From Kathryn’s Family: TJ and his wife Victoria
  • From Lee’s Family: Bruce, Eric and his wife Mary Lynn, Gail, Kathy and her husband Allan and her daughters Kim and Katrina and her son Joe, and Virginia and her husband Bill
  • From Bob’s Family: Colin
  • From Tad’s Family: Gloria and her husband Chris and her son Brett
  • From Steve’s Family: Steve and his wife Marcia and his daughters Dawn, Heidi, Kimberly, and Stephanie

If you weren’t there, we missed you.

Cheating Discussion During Dutch BlitzProposed

We had a great time together and propose another reunion in two years’ time: 2016.

We’ll select perhaps three weekends in 2016. These will be weekends highly likely to be school holidays for most kids. The one with the most votes will become our target.

Several of us volunteered the Chicago Duncans as a hosts. The Chicago Duncans were not in attendance. This is what happens when you don’t come to the Family Reunion. Just sayin’. In the past they themselves have volunteered and Chicago is a direct flight for most of us. Furthermore, there are more houses with potential guest beds between their five family units.

Chicago Duncans, if you are potentially willing, please email, call, or contact me here to discuss this further. We all thank you!

Cup StackTreasure

Chris Boyer, Gloria’s husband, found a bin in Tad and Carol’s house full of Grandpa Taylor’s old documents and photos. I scanned as many of these as I could on Saturday, much thanks to Allan, Kathy’s husband, for allowing me to commandeer their computer and scanner. These are now in my Dropbox. If you would like access to them, send me an email or a message here and I’ll send you the link. You can download them to your own files if you would like permanent access to them. I will keep them in the Dropbox for a limited time only.


Colin and I have put our photos in a common Facebook album if you would like to see them. If you have photos to add, let me know and I’ll make you a “contributor” to that album, so you can upload them. If you do not have a Facebook account, let me know and I’ll tell you how to get a hold of some of the photos.


Many thanks to Kathy and Allan Courtright and Kim, their daughter, whose home we used and who fed us, and to Eric and Mary Lynn Kindberg, who planned our weekend and provided food and other assistance.

Foolin’ with Old Junk

Carol and Tad, ca. 1961I delight in the fact that he [Tad] liked to work. He liked to work.

When I went to Union Baptist Church, he had an eighteen-wheeler. And an eighteen-wheeler is like a motor home. If you don’t keep it on the road, you’re not going to get your money out of it. When you own an eighteen-wheeler, you have to keep it rolling. He’d make long runs. I’d see him come out from where he lived and I’d see him come back in. He worked. He was a hard-working man. Everything that I can say about him, Carol, he was a worker. He was a worker.

I know the last, I guess maybe the last conversation, I was over there cutting grass at their house. Tad had a mower and he was cutting. I said, “Tad,” I said, “Why don’t you consider getting you a big mower?” If you’ve been over there where they live on Steele Road, it’s a pretty good size yard, isn’t it, Trey? And I think I might have had him talking into getting one.

“But Tad was a guy; he liked to fool with old junk.”

[Trey interjects]: Amen!

Old junk. My son-in-law gave me a lawnmower, a riding lawnmower and it was parked down at the house, Marvin. I didn’t ever use it. I said, “Tad,” I said, “Could you use this old mower?” It cranked up and run good, but it had miles on it. He brought it over. Still over at the house over there. You rode it the other day. He got it out and was going to ride it when they got back. The deck on it wasn’t level. When I saw him, he said, “Ralph, I’ve cut some grass, but I really whacked it up.” You could, you could see it where it was dug in. I said, “Well that’ll heal in time because that grass will grow back.” He was that kind of a guy. He just liked to take something or other that looked like it was wore out and make it go. And most always he was successful. I delight in the fact that he was a workman.

I delight in the fact that he loved his family. He and Carol met on a blind date. Didn’t you?

[Carol]: Yes.

Carol, Gloria, Trey, Tad, ca. 1970You did. He was in the Air Force. You see Tad’s from Massachusetts. That’s where Romney’s from. I don’t want to get into politics. But Carol’s from Pennsylvania. There’s a distance between Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Anyway they were brought together on a blind date. A spark flew. It turned into a fire. And they got married [ca. 1959]. I believe you told me y’all had been married 48 years?

[Carol]: Fifty-three.

OK. How about that? And in that marriage, the Lord gave them a handsome son and a very pretty daughter and also a son-in-law Chris and a grandson Brett. He delighted in his family.

Tad delighted in the Lord’s work. I never heard him teach a class nor never heard him preach a sermon, but he delighted in joining in and participating. He liked music. I delight in that fact.

But there was something else about Tad Duncan that I can’t pass over and that’s this: I delight in the fact that he was man enough to stand up when he thought something was wrong and speak out. And some of you know what I’m talking about. He wasn’t hard to get along with, but if he didn’t think it was right and going right, down the right path, he would stand up and he would speak out. There were times he had to stand alone. I delight in that.

So, my dear friends, I could go on and say more, but time is passing by.

Ralph Simmons, pastor and friend, speaking at Tad’s memorial service, Wildwood Baptist Church (950 County Line Church Road, Griffin, GA 30223), June 22, 2012, transcription of audio provided by Gloria Boyer (Tad’s daughter)

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  • Do you recall other stories about Tad as an adult?
  • Can you tell about his experience in the Air Force? When did he join? Why? What did he do? Where did he train? Where did he serve?
  • Can you tell more about Tad and Carol’s wedding? Do you have photos? I guessed they married in 1959? Was that right? Can you provide the exact date?