Duane Easterling, better known by his nickname Bookie, passed away on January 10, 2023; he was 40 years old. On May 25th, 1982, Duane entered our world. He was preceded in death by his grandmother and father, Duane Easterling, both of whom he loved dearly. He is survived by his children, Desitinie Linkous, Trey Easterling, and Tay Easterling, He is also survived by his mother, Shelia Easterling, his two children's moms, Mary Linkous and Tiffany Howard, his two brothers, Charles and Ron Easterling, his sister-in-law, Precious, and his extended family. Many of Duane's cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews adored him. As a family man, Duane was very dedicated to his loved ones and thought highly of them. Duane was a security guard, a role he took great pride in. As he would say, he was a great “dad” to his three kids. Duane devoted his life to caring for his two sons and his beautiful daughter. Duane found the most satisfaction in life's simplest pleasures. Duane's smile was his way of showing he could handle whatever life threw at him. Duane liked to make people laugh when he was with them to celebrate his kids' birthdays and holidays. He exuded a positive attitude. He seemed to be able to find joy in any situation. He had an especially positive vibe that was easy to catch on to. When it came to making other people laugh, Duane had no limits. He kept the crowd in stitches with his ability to see the funny side of even the most routine situations. His greatest concern was that his daughter was growing up too quickly, but he made sure to keep the "talks" interesting. His children's mothers were particularly dear to him because they brought him his most precious gifts. His love is sacrificial, patient, kind, humble, honest, forgiving, faithful, and selfless. It is constant and unchanging. Duane enjoyed making others love him, especially Karoke. He also enjoyed having a good time and dancing.
His passing on the 10th was due to a courageous battle with epilepsy that caused him to suffer a seizure he was not able to come out of. His funeral and memorial services will be held by Terrence L. Johnson Funeral Services, PA- White Plains, Maryland. The visitation, viewing, and services will begin at 10 a.m. at New Life Church in LaPlata, Maryland. followed by his burial services located at Heritage Memorial Cemetery in Waldorf, Maryland. Duane will have the honor of being buried close to his father. He has loved ones that will forever honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest. To his children, Duane will always be a hero.