KINGSPORT — Robert Edward Dorton, 89, of 844 Mimosa Dr., Kingsport, TN, died Thursday, November 10, 2011, at Elmcroft Senior Living of Kingsport, TN, after a prolonged illness.
The second of five sons, he was born on September 10, 1922, in Castlewood, VA to the late Henry Grover Dorton and Vesta Lee Jessee Dorton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his four brothers, H. Harold, Russell S., Kenneth L. and William L. Dorton.
Mr. Dorton was a beloved and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was a member of the Crossroads United Methodist Church of Kingsport and was a Shops and Maintenance Supervisor and later a Project Planner for Tennessee Eastman for over 40 years before retiring.
His elementary education was at the Dorton School in Castlewood, VA. Mr. Dorton graduated from Temple Hill High School in Castlewood in 1939 and had been a past member of the Kingsport Elks Club. He also served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and was very proud of his time as a pilot serving his country.
Following retirement, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing, vacationing, working on construction projects around his home and the old homeplace, helping around the house, volunteering in the community and attending to his grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Eugenia (Gene) Dickenson Dorton, of Kingsport, TN; son, Robert E. Dorton Jr, and wife, Mary Beth, of Warren, AR; son, James H. Dorton and wife, Kathryn, of Johnson City, TN; daughter, Teresa Dorton Carter and husband, George, of Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Aaron Dorton, of Little Rock, AR, Matthew Dorton, of Kodak, TN, Daniel Dorton, of Morristown, TN, Mary P. Dorton, of Searcy, AR, Samuel Dorton, of Searcy, AR, Timothy Dorton, of Warren, AR, Kiley Dorton, of Atlanta, GA, Hilary Dorton, of Los Angeles, CA, Mari Kate Freeman, currently attending the University of South Carolina, Calleigh Dorton, of Johnson City, TN, Jennifer Carter, of Raleigh, NC., Casey Carter, currently attending The University of Michigan, and Edward Carter, of Murfreesboro, TN.; great-grandchildren, Rachel and Norah Dorton, of Morristown, TN, Elliot Carter, of Murfreesboro, TN, and Chloe Dorton, of Atlanta, GA.
The family wants to especially thank Mr. Dorton’s dedicated caregivers at Elmcroft and George Carter for their friendship and attentiveness.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 13, 2011, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church, 200 Bays Cove Trail, Kingsport, TN.
The funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Randy Lantz officiating.
The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2011, at Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood, VA, with military rites conducted by local military veterans and Gate City National Guard Honors Team.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the Crossroads United Methodist Church Emergency Maintenance Fund.
Please visit www.hamlettdobson.com to leave an online condolence for the family.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport is serving the family of Robert Edward Dorton. (423) 378-3134