Duel Elmer Chinn
Duel Elmer Chinn

June 14, 1930 - May 21, 2020
Born in Black Star, Kentucky
Resided in Bowling Green, Kentucky


Duel Elmer Chinn, age 89, of Bowling Green, Kentucky died peacefully at home on May 21, 2020, surrounded by his loving family and fur babies. He was the son of the late Thurman and Exie Richardson Chinn. Duel was born in Black Star, Kentucky on June 14, 1930.

Duel’s formal years of school were in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he was a member of their first football team. After high school, he joined the Navy in 1948. After serving his country for 22 ½ years, he retired and became an over the road truck driver, and later became the owner of Duel Chinn Trucking. He was very passionate about trucking, and remained in the business for over 30 years.

Duel Elmer Chinn is survived by his loving wife, Sarah Elizabeth Ray; one daughter, Charisse Chinn of Topeka, Kansas; one step-daughter, Twilia Ray Charles-Duff (Todd) of Bowling Green, Kentucky; three sons, Kenny Chinn of Cottonwood, California, Steve Chinn (Audra) of Jamestown, Tennessee and Mike Chinn (Kathy) of Nicholasville, Kentucky. He was blessed with a host of grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is also survived by brothers Harold (JoAnn) Chinn and Richard (Shirley) Chinn and Sisters, Nina Amentra, Wanda Ping and Geneva Crawford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother; one sister, Delores Delaynnis; one grandson, Jim Doug Charles; and nephew, Dewayne Crawford.

Duel was baptized in Jellico Creek, Kentucky and was of the Baptist faith. One of his favorite things to do while trucking, would be to stop at a small country church on Sunday and slip them a generous offering.

Duel was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the American Legion, a member of the Indian Reservation Council of Oregon and a very proud member of his Navy VQ-2 68-70 organization.

Duel “lived a good life and had a good ride”, but will be sadly missed by his family, friends, military buddies, care-givers and especially his special granddaughter, Hollie; grandsons, Jake and Paxton (who helped take care of him), and fur babies, Skylar and Sparky. He also looked forward to visits from his great-grandchildren JT and Jenna.

A public funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, May 26 at J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel. A private family graveside service will be held after funeral service with burial to follow in Brock A Beery Veteran's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Kentucky Chapter 11902, 11902 Brinley Avenue Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40243.




J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel
820 Lovers Lane
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42103
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
12:00 PM


Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
11902 Brinley Avenue Suite 100
Louisville, Kentucky United States 40243