Jerry Hawkins Dorris Sr.
Jerry Hawkins Dorris, Sr. Clarksville, TN Jerry Hawkins Dorris, Sr., age 77, of Clarksville, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017, at Tennova Healthcare. Jerry was born March 2, 1939, in Robertson County, TN, to the late Lewis Howard Dorris and Gladys Marie Crunk Dorris. He was also preceded in death by his son, Jerry H. (Hollie) Dorris, Jr.; and brother, Donald Ray (Joyce) Dorris. Jerry graduated from Clarksville High School in 1957 and obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Austin Peay State University. Following his college education, he taught at Christian County High School, in Hopkinsville, KY, where he also coached football and track. Later in life, Jerry formed his own computer billing business, taught accounting, served on the Education Committee at the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, and was actively involved in the Jaycees, where he served both locally and on the state level. He proudly served his country by participating in the Tennessee National Guard. Using his accounting skills, he worked toward retirement at Oak Grove Tax Service. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 14, at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. A private family service will be held following the visitation. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carole Riggins Dorris; daughter, Anne Catherine Combs of Kingsland, GA; three granddaughters, Allison Grace Combs of Kingsland, GA, Kathryn Elizabeth Combs of Kingsland, GA, and Hannah Elizabeth Dorris of Palm Bay, FL; and brother, John Howard (Nancy) Dorris of Knoxville, TN. In addition to his immediate family are sisters-in-law, Joann (Steve) Green and Kathy (Neal) Senkus, along with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews, as well as extended family Alana and Yatin Shelar. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksville-Montgomery County Humane Society, 940 Tennessee Avenue, Clarksville, TN 37040; or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 645-6488. Online condolences may be made at www.nealtarpleyparchman.com .
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