Florene Duke (Family photo)

Funeral Saturday for great-grandmother killed in Douglasville

While Douglas County investigators search for the person responsible for killing a 75-year-old great-grandmother, her family will gather to say their goodbyes.

Florene “Toby” Miller Duke, of Douglasville, was found dead inside her Countryside Manor apartment Monday night. She had been tied up and her face covered, leaving her unable to breathe and causing her death, according to police.

On Wednesday, Douglasville police Chief Chris Womack announced a $5,000 reward in the case, funded by the police department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is horrific,” Womack said. “Anybody that could take advantage of somebody in the condition that this poor lady was in, I assure you would hurt you or I if given half a chance.”

As of Friday morning, no arrests had been made in the case. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Christine Stewart by email at stewartc@douglasvillega.gov or phone at 770-920-3010.

Duke, born in Paulding County, grew up in Douglasville and spent most of her career with Rayloc Atlanta, according to her online obituary. Duke, who would have turned 76 on Christmas Day, was married to her husband for 50 years until his death in 2007. She is survived by numerous relatives, including four grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, her obituary states.

Duke’s family will receive friends Friday at Jones-Wynn Funeral Home in Douglasville from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be Saturday at 4 p.m. in the funeral home’s chapel.

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