2009-03-26 / Obituaries


John Douglas Dortch Sr., 78, of York died March 22, 2009 at the Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

He was born Nov. 3, 1930 in Thomasville to the late Kirksey Dortch and Eva Spinks Dortch. He was a graduate of Thomasville High School and the University of Alabama. He served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant during the Korean Conflict. He was a faithful member of the York Baptist Church and served as a deacon. He owned and operated the Western Auto Associate Stores in York and Livingston for 30 years where he was known for his integrity, diligence and congenial spirit.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Betty Hall Dortch; his son, John Douglas (Judy) Dortch Jr., Tallahassee, Fla.; one daughter, Maria Dortch (Glen) Hardy; Tuscaloosa; his grandchildren, Corrie Dortch (Brent) Zimmerman, Jacksonville, Fla., John Douglas Dortch III, Tallahassee, Fla, Charles Glen Hardy Jr., James Douglas Hardy and Emily Faith Hardy, all of Tuscaloosa; his brother, Kirksey Dortch, Birmingham; sisters, Eloise Dortch Holloway, Jean Dortch Bouler and his brother, Robert D. Dortch, predeceased him.

The service will be Thursday, (today), March 26 at 11 a.m. at O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. David Wilkinson and Dr. Doug Dortch Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville. Visitation will precede the service at 10 a.m.

Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Black, John Dortch, Glen Hardy, James Hardy, Andrew Wilkerson and Brent Zimmerman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billie Carney, Johnny Cook, Glenn Dortch, Norman Masters and Robert Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the York Baptist Church, 314 N. Broad Street, York, AL 36925; or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.


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