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PARIS, Texas William Lyle Dorries was born at Denison, Texas, April 4, 1923, to William A. and Hattie Seal Dorries. He grew up in Cunningham, Lamar County, Texas.
His funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home.
During WW II he served three years in the Army Air Corps. He taught in the Fannin County veterans program in Bonham, Texas. At First Baptist Church in Bonham, he met Virginia Pink Julian. They were married on Dec. 21, 1947. He earned his master's and Ph.D. at Texas A&M. He taught on the faculty of East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce) for 30 years. He was head of the Department of Economics and Finance, and was awarded Professor Emeritus status after retirement.
He was involved in the church as a Sunday school teacher, department director and deacon. He was a longtime member of Kiwanis service organization.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Carlos (and wife) Duane, and 2-year-old grandson, Andrew Lyle Dorries.
Surviving are his wife; son Dr. David Dorries; daughter Martha (and Clark) Whitten; granddaughters Wendy (Joey) Chase and Abby (Heath) Ritenour; grandsons Paul, Davis and John Dorries; great-grandchildren Clark, Luke (Chase), and John and Shelby (Ritenour). an aunt, Sandra Pilip; four nephews, Mick Dorries and Bobby, Billy and Tommy Dorries; and nieces Vicki Longoria and Joyce Dorries.
Online condolences may be sent to the Dorries family at www.fry-gibbs.com
Published on December 13, 2017
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