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☛ Tommy Doty dies in freak auto accident 8-10-18



By Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 10, 2018

It’s always hard to write obituaries; however, it’s extra hard when it is an obituary about a long-time friend. Even though I had moved out of Wise County, I still remember all of Bob and my old friends who still live there.


Tommy Doty, Cottondale, Texas, was one of those old friends that are included in my memories of my friends in Wise County. Tommy, at age 65, died in a freak accident on Wednesday, Aug. 8 in Decatur, Texas.


According to his friends, he had driven to Decatur to visit a realtor, when he drove down the wrong driveway and over the edge of the road into a pond. Friends pulled him out and tried to give him CPR; however, they couldn’t get any water out of his lungs. When the EMTs arrived, they could not revive him either. An autopsy report is pending on what the actual cause of death was since he had a heart attack a short time ago and went through triple by-pass surgery.


Tommy was born on Feb. 8, 1953 to Finis Earl and Louise Estelle (Hicks) Doty in Cleburne, Texas. He worked at Jerry’s Chevrolet for over 10 years in auto sales. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cottondale, Texas.


He was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association and loved being outdoors hunting and fishing. He also loved to play shuffleboard. He also enjoyed horses, a love that he shared with my husband and me.


Tommy was preceded in death by his father Finis Earl Doty. He leaves behind his daughters Jenifer Miller, Northlake, Texas; Stephanie Rowe and husband John of Haslet; his grandchildren Victoria Miller, Hannah Miller and Parker Rowe; his sister Becky Ivey of Burleson; his mother Louise Estelle Doty of Joshua; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.


Tommy’s family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at Hawkins Funeral Home at 405 E. Main St., Decatur, Texas. Rev. Charles Pugh will officiate. Pallbearers include Asa Johnson Jr., Richard Kimball, Marshall Hicks, Matt Reynolds, Gary Howell, Marshall Hicks Jr., and John Rowe.


Tommy’s funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 at the First Baptist Church of Cottondale.



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