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Wil V. Doran

May 6, 1932August 27, 2020

The Honorable Wilfred (Wil) Vincent Doran of Fisherville, TN died at the age of 88 in his home surrounded by family on August 27, 2020. He was a first generation American of Italian immigrants, born in San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Lucia Dorangricchia, his sister Angela Marie (Lena), brothers Gerolamo (Jerry), Nicola (Nickey), and Joseph. He’s survived by his loving wife Jewell Sanders Doran and his children Denise (Joe) Shaw, Dawn (David) Wilsey and Damon Doran, and grandchildren Jordan and Jonah Shaw and Grace, Sarah and Emily Wilsey.

Wil boxed in the Golden Gloves in high school and later for the Navy. He served in the US Navy as a Seabee, Constructionman Second Class, during the Korean War. He attended college on the GI Bill at St Mary’s University in San Antonio and completed his pre-law education at the University of Texas in Austin. He later moved to Memphis to attend Southern Law University (now University of Memphis) at night, while working as an Insurance Claims adjustor during the day. He met his wife of fifty eight years while she was working at an insurance agency.

Wil began his legal career in private practice and serving as a public defender, later joining the firm of Neely, Green and Fargarson. In 1968 he was appointed by Gov. Ellington as a General Sessions Judge, hearing criminal and civil cases. After two years, he was appointed as a Chancellor for the Shelby County Chancery Court and was later re-elected twice, sitting for 14 years. After leaving the bench, he served as an Assistant District Attorney General in the Grand Jury section for 5 years. Upon retirement, he often sat as a Designated or Special Judge throughout West TN, including the Court of Appeals. He also served as VP of the Tennessee Judge’s conference.

Wil enjoyed raising and training quarter horses and bird dogs. He was an avid hunter and motorcyclist. In his later years, he enjoyed following the adventures of his children and grandchildren.

Wil will be laid to rest at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis, after a private service with military honors in the Rotunda.


  • Nicholas and Lucia Dorangricchia, Parents (deceased)
  • Angela Marie (Lena), Sister (deceased)
  • Gerolamo (Jerry), Brother (deceased)
  • Nicola (Nickey), Brother (deceased)
  • Joseph, Brother (deceased)
  • Jewell Sanders Doran, Wife
  • Denise (Joe) Shaw, Child
  • Dawn (David) Wilsey, Child
  • Damon Doran, Child
  • Jordan Shaw, Grandchild
  • Jonah Shaw, Grandchild
  • Grace Wilsey, Grandchild
  • Sarah Wilsey, Grandchild
  • Emily Wilsey, Grandchild

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  • Committal Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


Wil V. Doran

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Arnold Goldin

September 8, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Jewel and the family. Shara Lynn & Arnold Goldin

John Loveless

September 2, 2020

Prayers for the Doran family. He was a loved man and proud of his family. Thoughts of comfort during this difficult time.
John Loveless

David Wilsey

September 1, 2020

I have this picture in my mind of you sitting in your chair looking over at me and suggesting we go find something to do outside.
Certain things I will always remember: picking out a grill, building two story bonfires, watching you patiently teach the girls to drive the tractor and being able to give you a call when I needed help fixing something around the house.

Missing you already and happy for the time we got to spend. Rest in peace and thank you.


Kim Tutt

September 1, 2020

Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Please know you are in my thoughts.

Jack & Faye Shaw

August 31, 2020

We have enjoyed knowing Wil & Jewell since our son Joe married their daughter, Denise in 1995. We have had many good years to remember.
Rest In Peace, Wil.
Jack & Faye

Lee Race

August 30, 2020

Gentleman perfectly describes Wil Doran; a man with integrity, loyalty and humility, quick to make friends and ever generous with a smile and a helping hand. l shall always carry memories of Wil and the sound of his laughter in my heart.

Alan Highers

August 29, 2020

Wil was a dear friend and a fellow judge in Shelby County. We both enjoyed horses, and we rode together several times. I visited Wil at his farm in the country. Jewel was a wonderful helpmeet to him. I had not seen Wil for a time, but I have thought of him often. I send sympathy and best wishes to his family.

John A. Pollard

August 29, 2020

Wil was a fine man and a great friend he will surely be missed. We spent a lot of time together the past few years and I know he’s in Gods hands now. Rest In Peace my friend see you soon.


August 29, 2020

Wil was a great friend, and a genuinely fine man. Always loved his company, and the time spent with him Motorcycle riding and just hanging out, which was quite often.
It was always a fun time visiting with Wil and Jewell.
I, along with his many friends and family, deeply mourn his loss.

Joe Shaw

August 29, 2020

Going to miss talking politics, horses, hunting, latest gadgets ,tools and watching UFC with you. Thanks for being a great father in law.
You will be missed.
May you rest in peace


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