Jeremiah “JD” Duncan was born on December 8, 1999 in Augusta, Georgia to proud parents Maurice Sr. and Judy Duncan. He was the baby boy of the Duncan family. He had one older brother, Coach Maurice Duncan Jr. and one sister, LaQuisha Duncan.
Jeremiah was a family guy and cherished spending time with his loved ones. He was born with a birth defect called bilateral hematoma, which results in fluid on the brain. He had surgery at 4 months old to insert a shunt in his head to drain the fluid off of his brain. He wore the shunt for one year and miraculously, he never had to wear it again. This resulted in his head being abnormal so his body had to grow to catch up with his head, delaying his ability to walk until he was two years old. He endured being bullied and teased in his former school years, but God blessed him with an inner strength (preparation for future physical battles) and gave him a heart of love for people. Jeremiah was a very energetic and playful young boy; he had a way of “capturing your heart”. Jeremiah is remembered by his charismatic personality and beautiful smile.
He discovered a love for baseball at the age of 4 (imitating his older brother in sports) and continued to develop his skills throughout his high school years. He was a dual-sport athlete who played football and baseball but frequently fought back from many injuries during those years. Jeremiah graduated from Silver Bluff High School with the Class of 2018 in Aiken, South Carolina and earned a baseball scholarship on Signing Day June 5, 2018 to attend Benedict College (aired on WRDW.com). Jeremiah had a change of heart and decided to remain closer to home to attend USC- of Aiken South Carolina due to personal matters but would later try to pursue his dream to play D1 baseball at USC- Aiken. He would have graduated 2022 with a degree in Communication had his life not been cut short by senseless gun violence on February 4, 2020.
Jeremiah was a born again Christian. He loved God; he had a searching heart and pursued spiritual growth and values. His favorite scripture was Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, sayeth the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end. He was supportive of others, younger and older kids, and encouraged them to excel in their areas of sports. Even during his misfortune of injuries, he would make sacrifices to be there for others, letting them know he cares and he's behind them 100%. He had an indomitable spirit of never quitting and never giving up.
We would like to acknowledge the many friends, family, members of the community, USC Aiken, Silver Bluff High School, and his employer at Aiken Wal-Mart #4487 for their love, support, and assistance during our time of loss.
More information on his biography will be available in the near future.