John F. Doty Sr., 90, of Winter Haven, FL, died April 8,
2008, at his home.
Mr. Doty, was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Kyles Ford, he was a
son of the late Dr. Roy A. and Anne A. Doty. He was the
widower of Anne George Doty, his wife of 58 years who died
February 29, 1996.
John was preceded in death by a twin daughter, Frances
Doty Hart; a brother, Roy Doty; and a sister, Ruth Doty
A former resident of Rogersville, Hawkins Co TN, where he
was the owner of City Drugs, he moved to Florida in 1954.
He was the retired founder of Doty Farm and Garden Supply
in Winter Haven. His youngest son, Bill, now operates the
Mr. Doty was a community leader. As a graduate of Davidson
College in Davidson, NC, he valued education and community
involvement. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church
in Winter Haven, where he served as an elder. He held
longtime memberships and served in a variety of positions
in Kiwanis, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, and the American
Legion in Winter Haven.
He was a veteran of World War II, where he served as First
Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his children and their spouses: J. Fred
Seabolt-Doty of Austin, TX, John F. 'Jeff' Doty Jr. of
Dover, FL, Barbara A. Doty of Thompson Ridge, NY, Helen D.
Doty of Winter Haven and Kingsport, TN, William R. 'Bill'
and Cathy Doty of Winter Haven, FL, and Susan (Doty) and
Tom Griffis of Winter Haven; a brother, Dr. Robert D. Doty
of Kingsport, TN; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grand-
children; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces,
nephews, and cousins; and a number of dear friends,
including, Alpha Howe, Margaret Jones, Johnny Thompson,
and Betty Joiner.
A memorial service for John F. Doty Sr. will be held at
2:15 Sunday afternoon, October 5, 2008, at Doty Chapel in
Greene County, TN, with interment in the church cemetery.
The Rev. Charles 'Chuck' Echols will officiate. A memorial
service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Winter
Haven on April 11, 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Doty Chapel
Cemetery Fund, Attn: Barbara Doty, 1570 Doty Chapel Road,
Afton, TN 38616; or to Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5825
Ft. Henry Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport is in charge of