GORMAN — Rev. Darrell Edward Dossey, 78, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at Windcrest Alzheimer’s Care Center in Abilene. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at First Baptist Church, Gorman. Interment will be at Desdemona Cemetery. Family visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening at Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman.

Bro. Dossey was born near Lamesa, Oct. 9, 1929, to A.R. and Retta Gordon Dossey. He attended schools in Klondike and Lamesa, and graduated from Hobbs High School in 1947. He later attended Hardin-Simmons University and Tarleton State University. He married June Vandagriff in Hobbs, N.M., on Sept. 28, 1951.

Darrell served his Lord faithfully as a Baptist minister for 42 years. Known by many as “Bro. Darrell”, he pastored several churches in the Big Country Area, including churches in Desdemona, De Leon, Gorman, Aspermont, Rising Star, and Goree. He was also a farmer and rancher near Desdemona for many years. He was an avid hunter, gardener, and great lover of the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gary Wayne Dossey; daughter, Rebecca Lea (Becky) Dossey Simpson; son-in-law, Wesley Steve Spivey; and brother, Billy Wayne Dossey.

Survivors include his wife, June Dossey, of Gorman; son, David Dossey and wife, Janet, of Breckenridge; daughter, Tracy Spivey, of Gorman; son-in-law, Jackie Don Simpson, of Brownfield; daughter-in-law, Lesa Dossey, of Breckenridge; sister, Dessie Watts of DeLeon; grandchildren, Jarrett Dossey, Clint Dossey, Brenna Dossey, Seth Dossey, Adam Spivey, Colby Spivey, Lauren Spivey, Chance Simpson, Cody Simpson, Casey Simpson, and Rachel Wilson; great-grandchildren, Kane, Kloe’, and Kamry Wilson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Gorman Building Fund or to Windcrest Alzheimer’s Care Center.

Published March 28, 2008

Stephenville Empire-Tribune