Allen Dockery passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Shannondale Nursing Facility at age 98.
He was born and raised in the Hanging Dog Community located outside Murphy.
He moved to Maryville, Tenn., to work at the Alcoa Aluminum Co.
In World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Gantner. This ship was in Tokyo Bay after the atomic bomb was dropped.
He retired from Alcoa Aluminum Co. and was a member of the 25 Year Club. He enjoyed raising Angus cattle, growing tobacco, planting gardens, beekeeping, and he specially loved music.
After retirement he went to many community centers and nursing homes to sing and play his guitar. He accepted Jesus at age 15 and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church. He faithfully attended Sunday morning services until recently.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wiley and Mattie Hembree Dockery; wife, Ethel Rose Dockery; sisters and their husbands, Bessie (Earnest) Parkhurst, Ora (John) Yancey, Nettie (Bill) Rupp and Helen (Bill) Coffey; brothers and their wives, Leonard (Mildred) and Henry (Lillian) Dockery.
Survivors include sons, Marvin Dockery and Charles (Sandra) Dockery; daughters, Fran Whiteman and Kathy (Steve) Myers; grandchildren, Lisa (Andrew) Boyce, Heather (Bren) Wells, Neil (fiancee Rebeca) Whiteman, Robyn (Todd) Rameriz, Allen (Samantha) and Ben (Gena) Dockery, Matt (Lucretia) Myers, and Ashlee (David) Ivens; Great-Grandchildren, Jarrod Combs, Ryan and Isabel Boyce, Marley and Sofia Smith, Roen Wells, Madison and William Rameriz, Landon and Lillian Myers, Virginia and Irene Dockery, Sawyer Ivens; step granddaughter, Alanna Savage; brother, Ray Dockery; sister, Gladys (Vernon) Davis; special friend and former daughter-in-law, Lois Dockery; special nephew, Ed Dockery, and many other nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Shannondale Nursing Facilit, where he made his home for the last four years, and two very special caregivers, Pat Boyles and Helen Headrick, who brightened his days.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at Smith Trinity Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.
Family and friends will assemble for entombment at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, Tenn., 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.