W.R. Tony "Hard to Kill" Dukes
April 15, 1952 - January 07, 2013
Friday, January 29, 2016 9:22 AM
Tony continues to be a blessing to many of those still on this earth. I still see his work being carried out in the addiction recovery community to this day. He left his mark as he always did. Friends of his that he introduced to me remain friends of mine to this day. I am not talking about acquaintances...I am talking about true FRIENDS. We stay in touch, hunt together and tell each other Tony stories. I am pretty sure God knew what he was doing when he put two knuckleheads together!
David Milam (Ft Worth, TX)
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:18 PM
i met tony in 1970 in angelo. he, stan and luis j who was drumming with a young eric johnson hid out at a farm i had just bought.the four of us were never together again.tony would breeze through austin telling me the most fantastic stories.he called one time and said he was at the airport and he had the Police were with him. the party was on.
lloyd bell (austin, TX)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:01 PM
Tony and a former West Texas bud would go out of his way to show me his friendship and support and gave me the courage and dedication to follow my music path and I will always be thankful to him for that. He always treated me as close friend. I will always miss you, but we will see each other again. God bless you. I'll see you on the other side.
Robert Robinson (Jacksboro, TX)
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:30 PM
and former west Texas Bud, always went out of his way to give me his friendship and kindness and could always put a smile on my face. He gave me the courage and support to follow my own dreams and I thank him for that. He will be missed but we will see each other again. God Bless You.
Robert Robinson (Jacksboro, TX)
Wednesday, February 05, 2014 4:51 PM
Not a day has gone by that I don't miss you and our many chats! We have cried together, laughed together, brainstormed together, prayed together, and praised Him together.
We shared many loves - music, God, country, and our military. These shared loves have allowed us to grow stronger in our faith and our commitment to our vets.
I thank God for allowing our paths to cross for even the briefest of time here on this earth. I look forward to seeing you when we finally meet again.
Maria Edwards (San Diego, CA)
Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:56 PM
Although it has been a year since you left this earth to join your Savior, you have not been forgotten in the least my brother. The stories continue to flow, old pictures continue to surface and your work here on earth continues to enhance other's lives. Your legacy speaks volumes of love, forgiveness, acceptance and most of all…service to others.
Your friends/family gathered on your favorite ranch in S. Texas between Christmas and New Years to fulfill another wish and that was to have a portion of your ashes returned to the land that you so loved. We gathered at the highest point of the ranch overlooking one of your favorite hunting spots on the ranch and let the wind have you. Of course some of those ashes blew across the fence to the neighbor's ranch that you occasionally hunted without permission….in true Tony Dukes fashion! It was one of the finest moments in my life where I could look across God's creation and reflect…and then absolutely know in my heart that He put the two of us together here on earth to do good and to do it together. I miss you a lot and when I think of you, my eyes well up with tears. Not tears of sadness but it overwhelms me when I think of how you taught me and many others to really love.
I miss you my brother and we will meet again in the grandest of reunions!
David Milam (Fort Worth, TX)
Saturday, November 23, 2013 10:24 AM
I was lucky enough to meet Tony at a time when I was open to learning how to live life on life's terms. He opened my eyes to that possibility. I am sorry that I'm just finding out about his passing, but he'll always be a positive force in my life.
Curtis Petre (Dalls, TX)
Monday, November 11, 2013 9:14 AM
Tony today is Veterans Day 2013 and I could not take a moment longer than to say we will always remember you brother and your respect and love for our Veterans and serving Military. You will never be forgotten and will alwys be honored.
Phillip Williams (Houston, TX)
Saturday, October 12, 2013 7:37 PM
Throughout the 20+ years that I was blessed with knowing Tony, I was in touch and out of touch. We had talked, but I had not seen him in 6 years. I married during this time and had told my husband so many "Tony stories". How he always knew the best places to eat Mexican food - Always told the best life stories and knew every famous musician there ever was. Tony knew I was a huge "Ted" groupie (in my younger days!) and he would include me if he had concert tickets - I was literally the "third wheel" - he would have a date and then let me tag along - just being a friend to me because he knew I enjoyed it so much. He tried to get me to ride a bus to Mexico(he said you had to go by bus) and go to the bullfights. I wanted to go so bad - for some crazy reason. I'm sure he knew everyone - on the bus and in Mexico! That is another one of those things that I wish I had just DONE - especially now. I really wish my husband had met him - Tony had the most addicting personality .... Tony is one of those very special people that you want to share with everyone. I talk about him often and tell all the "Tony" stories I can, but I just can't tell those stories like Tony did. -It is amazing how far he came - from the years of watching him stand on stage in his pancho, colorful cowboy boots (he did have the best boots!) and sunglasses - playing bass with CBS. Always so "COOL" And after the bright lights had faded, I was lucky enough to visit with him and get to know that under that "cool" exterior there was a kind, gentle soul. We all go through "phases" of our lives that maybe aren't perfect - but the way Tony wrapped things up on this earth was truly the "coolest" he ever was!
So giving, so kind and with the eyes of an angel - You are thought of often Tony Dukes and missed by many - until we meet again my friend. With much love and friendship.
Lesia Mewbourn Aguilar
Lesia Mewbourn Aguilar (Dallas, TX)
Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:31 PM
I never knew that this wonderful person had passed until today, I have a picture of myself and Tony on an exotic sheep hunt at the GHOST ranch in Uvalde,Texas. This is an extreme loss to the world, including bowhunters, the outdoors world, and music. Tony was one of the greatest men I ever knew and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends .
David Taylor (TYLER, TX)