Duane S. Cone
Duane S. Cone
  • April 2, 1922 - August 21, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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Duane S. Cone (Mrs. J.L. Cone Jr.) age 95, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2017. Born in Albany, GA on April 2, 1922, and moved to Tampa at the age of four.

She attended Gorrie and Wilson schools, graduated from Plant High School, and attended the University of Georgia. She began a fashion modeling career in Tampa at the age of 15.

Duane was a lifelong member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and was involved in various civic and social organizations which included Tampa Woman’s Club, Humane Society of Tampa, The Children’s Home, Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Palma Ceia Country Club, and the University Club.

She was a world traveler, avid tennis player, and certified scuba diver. When on a St. Andrews church mission trip in 1965 to Long Island, Bahamas she discovered her “little piece of heaven” on Deadman’s Cay. She returned there every year thereafter. She met the Knowles family and Percy Knowles who has been her best friend for the past 52 years.

Duane is predeceased by husband, J.L. Cone, Jr., mother, Annie R. Garvin, and step-father, Belton O’Neal Garvin. She is survived by sons, Christopher Cone and wife Madeleine, Michael Cone and wife Joanne, grandsons, Corporal E4 Michael Cone, Jr., Matthew Cone, and cousin, Donald Phillips.

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to Duane’s long time physician, Dr. Joel Silverfield, her caregivers, Mayleen Gervais, Alfonso Brown, Essie Savage, Ana Villegas, Valrica Mann, Leola Siplin, and her personal assistant Carol Schoepflin.

Visitation is Monday, August 28th from 5-7pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33609. Funeral service is Tuesday, August 29th, 11am at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 509 E. Twiggs St. Tampa, FL 33602. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Andrews Foundation in memory of Duane S. Cone.