James Edward Duncan died helping to save Randi J. Eldridge from drowning, Grayson, Kentucky, July 11, 1998. Randi, 8, fell into deep water from a rock along the bank of Grayson Lake. Her mother immediately jumped into the water after her, and they submerged. The mother’s boyfriend, Duncan, 22, mobile home installer, also entered the lake even though he could not swim. When next seen, he was holding Randi; they too submerged and resurfaced before Duncan pushed Randi toward her mother. The mother removed Randi from the lake then turned to see Duncan submerge a final time in the deep water. Others arrived and removed Duncan from the lake. He could not be revived, as he had drowned.
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James Edward “Jim Ed” Duncan, 22, on died July 11, 1998, as a result of drowning in Grayson Lake. Duncan was born on March 21, 1976, in Ashland, Ky., a son of James and Betty Tackett Duncan.
A home setter with Tri-State Mobile Home Center of Ashland, Duncan was a 1994 graduate of Boyd County High School in Ashland.
Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.
(Edited from an obituary provided by a family member.)