James A.


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James A. Dorsey

Aug 18 1931 - Nov 13 2006

James Allen Dorsey of McKinney completed his journey on earth, and went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2006 after a long courageously fought battle with bladder cancer. "However far the journey, however long we live, we'll find among life's greatest gifts, the love that fathers give". We have lost a loving father, grandfather, a truly good husband, brother, uncle, cousin, and a true friend to all who had the opportunity to know him. His infectious smile, quick wit, and humorous story telling was known by all. James was born on August 18, 1931 in Kaufman County to Ida Lee and Matthew Ethridge Dorsey. He was the seventh in a family of ten brothers and sisters. James lived in Terrell, Texas, where he attended public schools; also attended school in Searcy, Arkansas. After his discharge from the U. S. Army Korean conflict, he returned to Terrell and married his sweetheart, Anna Jo Gafford in June, 1955. James worked in Terrell doing electrical work. While living there his first child, Tim, was born. In May 1956, he moved with his wife and young son to McKinney. He worked for Leon Miller's TV Shop, later worked for C.P. Horn installing TV antennas. He seemed to be a natural for electrical work. In 1964 James opened his own TV Shop on Howell Street and in 1969 he moved his shop to Belden Circle where it has remained until his death. James was well respected by his customers. The word around town was, if you wanted to get the best TV signal from the Dallas stations call Dorsey for a tower, antenna or satellite dish. He was fair with his customers, would stand behind his work and word, because he was a Christian man. He believed in the Golden Rule of "doing unto others as he would want to be treated". James loved the Lord. He was baptized into Christ at the church of Christ in Terrell, Texas at the age of thirteen. His father was an Elder there and all of his siblings remain faithful members of the Church. At his death he was a member of the High Pointe Church of Christ in McKinney. James became an Amateur Radio Operator Technician Class in 1959 and earned his General Class Operator License in 1985. He was active in the McKinney Amateur Radio Club. He was a member of Woodman of the World serving on the Board from 2000 to the present time. In August, 1998 James married Joyce Aaron Crawley who survives him. James leaves behind his loving son, Tim Dorsey and wife Susan of Allen, Texas; daughter, Patty Carr and husband Jack Carr, two grandsons Michael and Scott of McKinney; three step-children and their spouses; six step-grandchildren; and one step great-grand daughter. All who loved and respected him very dearly. He is also survived by three sisters, Mary Baggett of Lubbock, Rosa Duke of Dallas, Reba Pitts and husband Jim of Garland; two brothers, Charles Dorsey of Tawakoni; Pat Dorsey and wife Glenda of Atlanta, Texas. Many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and a numerous host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife Anna in 1989; his sister Mollie Nalls; three brothers; Mark Ethridge, Jr; Leon, and Don Dorsey. Services will be held, Wednesday at 2:00 P.M. November 15, High Pointe Church of Christ in McKinney, 3012 North Central Expressway. (exit Wilmeth Road). Tom Gaumer, Minister, Farmersville Church of Christ; and Jim Barr, Elder, High Pointe Church will conduct the services. Visitation will be held from Tuesday from 6 - 8 P.M. on November 14, 2006 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home, Allen, Texas, and burial at Ridgeview Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank all the Doctors, Nurses, and all other staff members of Doctors Hospital, Dallas for the tireless hours of helping treat and care for James.
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