Frank C. Dorman Jr. was born in the fall of 1920 to Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Dorman of Greenwood, Mississippi.
His early years were spent in Florida, where he delivered papers to Lou & The Babe during spring training. He met Mary Virginia Thomas at UT, was smitten, but flew 24 Mighty 8th AAC missions in B-24 Liberators over Germany, including Normandy, before she allowed an infamous winter of ’44 wedding. They had a son a year later and a daughter five years later.
Frank started with J.C. Penney in Bristol and retired back to Bristol in 1985. In the meantime, he was called from the Reserves for the Berlin Airlift, was a local, zone and state officer for the Ruritan Club, and a Deacon, Elder and GA delegate with the Presbyterian Church, but his most notable accomplishment was as a father and family man.
No man ever loved a woman or his family more. He was noble in his honesty and integrity and generous with his time in helping others (Salvation Army, Cancer Society, and 2000 hours pushing wheel chairs as a BRMC volunteer). He enjoyed giving the apples from his orchard to children and the community. The furniture that he made will remain family heirlooms.
He survived two open heart surgeries, but following a fall and a broken hip, he died on March 6 when his heart finally gave out.
A man of strong faith, he enjoyed analytical reasoning and resisted man’s efforts to limit God into a strict or narrow perception. He labored for the unification of the Presbyterian Church and made molasses and cider for the Ruritan Club.
Frank has been welcomed Home by Mary Virginia and daughter, Jenan, as well as one sister, Eleanor.
He is survived by two more sisters, Dorothy (Dot), of Greensboro, and Lucy (Ummie), near Chicago; Jenan’s husband, Jay Ferguson, of Louisville; and a son, Frank III and daughter (in-law), Cathy, in Holston Valley. Also grandchildren, Holly & Jon Morrell, with great-grandsons, Parker & Graham, in Farragut, and Brenna and Jahan Shafizadeh, of Walnut Creek, California, with great-grandson, Cyrus, and great-granddaughter, Isabella.
The family plans a time of sharing memories on the weekend of March 29/30, but details are incomplete at this time.
Also, the family appreciates the thoughtful attention of Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory. Please check their website for final memorial details. Memories are welcomed on their website, and the family asks that the Cold Spring Cemetery Association at 280 Cold Springs Church Road be considered for any memorial remembrance.