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William D. Doughtie

MURFREESBORO, NC – William Dodson Doughtie, 96, of Murfreesboro, NC died quietly at his home surrounded by family on October 18, 2019.

Mr. Doughtie was born January 1, 1923 in Edgecombe County to the late Willie Lewis and Maude Clark Doughtie. He was raised in Murfreesboro by his beloved foster parents, the late Charlie T. and Minnie D. Miles.

Lacy Connell Doughtie, his loving wife of 60 years, preceded him in death June 7, 2007.

He was a member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church, was an avid reader, loved working in his garden, westerns, country music, woodworking and enjoyed a good joke.

Survivors include three daughters, Martha D. Cavanaugh (Jimmie) of Winston-Salem, NC; Becky-Leigh Doughtie of Pollocksville, NC, and Robin D. Massey (William III) of Pleasant Hill, NC. There are three grandchildren, Joshua Dodson Mann (Kate), William Roland Massey IV and Jenna Marie Massey; two step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and a special friend, Mary H. Brett of Conway, NC.

He was preceded in death by his five sisters, Ruth D. Keel, Martha D. Roberson, Irma D. Rawls, Dolly Myers Millinder, and Maude “Dink” Elliott, and four brothers, James Murray, William Elliott (died as infant), Carl Nathaniel and Benjamin Earl Doughtie, and, Eugene Roberson, a special nephew who was raised by Dodson’s parents.

Mr. Doughtie retired from Riverside Manufacturing Company/Georgia-Pacific Corporation of Murfreesboro after 48 years at various positions as Office Manager, Cost Accountant, Purchasing Agent and Plant Manager. He then worked 12 years part-time after retirement in Murfreesboro, Conway Resin, and Jarrett, VA Georgia-Pacific plants.

He volunteered at Brady C. Jefcoat Museum for over ten years, assisting in moving items from Mr. Jefcoat’s home to the museum, building and arranging displays, and serving as docent.

The family will receive friends at Bridgers Funeral Home, 605 West Main Street, Conway, NC, on Sunday, October 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at Murfreesboro Baptist Church on Monday, October 21st at 11:00 a.m. A graveside service will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Murfreesboro Baptist Church, 200 West Main Street, Murfreesboro, NC 27855.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.bridgersfuneralhome.com.