Terry Lynn Doty (72)

Cowling, Illinois
Birth: August 23, 1948
Death: March 25, 2021

Terry Lynn Doty, 72, of Cowling, Illinois, passed away at his home, March 25, 2021, at 9:25am, surround by his wife and daughters, just as in life.

He was born August 23, 1948, in Grayville, Illinois, to Lenard & Lyndell (Felty) Doty. Terry graduated from Enfield in 1966 and went on to enlist in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He served on the USS Hitchiti and was honorably discharged in November of 1973. Upon returning home and discharge, he met and married, on July 29, 1972, Betty Brines.

Terry worked in the oil fields of southern IL for many years for several outfits. Later he moved on to working for the City of Grayville and farming around the Keensburg, Illinois area. Finally, around 2009, he retired from Wabash Valley Trucking. He was also a member of the VFW.

In retirement, he helped friends and family with keeping their lawns up and doing odds and ends to help anyone he could. Terry was quite the comedian and was always up for a good joke and he was a glad accomplice to some pretty funny practical jokes.

Spending time with his wife, children, and grandkids were his happiest times. He was always shadowed by his best good boy, Bo. Bo was a loyal friend and companion, who went ahead to wait for him on March 23.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty Doty of Cowling; daughters, Michelle Doty(Glenn Hasenour) of Evansville, Indiana and Deanna Downs of Cowling; Granddaughters, Betty (Alex) Loyd, Teri Garner, Amanda (Miguel Torres) Simpson all of Owensboro, Kentucky, Ashley (Zack) Davenport of Cowling; grandson, Korvin Doty of Owensboro; 6 great grandchildren Molly, Leeland, Amelia, Blakely, Evelyn, and Josie; brothers, Talbott (Melody) Doty of Bastrop, Texas, Steve (Cindy) Doty of San Antonio, Texas, Greg (Melissa) Doty of Grayville; Sister, Sonya Runyon of Bone Gap, Illinois; sister in law Paula Doty of Darlington, South Carolina. He also left behind a large extended family: many brothers & sisters in law, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Along with his parents, Terry is preceded in death by his brother, Ron; grandson in law Joshua Garner; and his loving dog and companion Bo.

The family would like to especially thank, Dr. Levi McDaniel and staff, Dr. Maqbool Ahmed and staff, Wabash General Ambulance Service, Blair McCarty & Tyler Kruse, Keensburg Fire Department, Wabash General Hospital ER Dr. McCain and staff, Wabash General Hospital RT, The LaVarier Family, Residential Hospice, and Cook Funeral Chapel for their thoughtful kindness and compassion.

A private family service will be at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.

Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.

Visitation: No Visitation
Service: Private Family Service
Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Grayville, Illinois - with Military Rites

6 thoughts on “Terry Lynn Doty”

  1. Carla Doty Alexander

    Terry was one of the most fantastic cousins I ever had. We had so many good times at our grandpa Doty’s in Centerville. Much love and prayer for everyone.

    1. Thank you so much for your condolences and prayers. We heard many stories about Centerville growning up. How Grandma (Eva) Doty was the sweetest grandma there ever was.

  2. I remember Terry very well, I was a Freshman when Terry was a Senior. He was such a good guy always laughing and making jokes. Never met a stranger. Wonderful person. Prayers to his Betty and family. He will be missed.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I had such a good time staying at your house when we were kids. Uncle Terry was always so much fun to be around. Oh my goodness I just know he and my Daddy are causing some sort of ruckus in Heaven! Love to you all.

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