Martha W. (Williams) Dorris

August 30, 1926August 7, 2012

Martha W. (Williams) Dorris age 85, of Circleville, Ohio and formerly of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 12:18 A.M. on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Martha was born August 30, 1926 in Charleston, Mississippi to the late Thomas Halyard & Lona Mae (Purvis) Williams. Martha is survived by the love of her life, Thomas E. “Tom” Dorris whom she married January 17, 1946; daughters & sons-in-law, Martha Frances Dorris & Larry Bennen of Delaware, Ohio, Carmen Yolanda “Landa” Dorris & Thomas Patrick Astley of Circleville, Ohio and Tomi Lynn Dorris of Circleville, Ohio; granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Dorris-Astley; brothers, Joe Williams of Charleston, Mississippi, John Williams of Arkansas and Jim Williams of Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Martha is also preceded in death by a brother, Sonny Williams; and a sister, Elizabeth Mugrage. In 1955 Martha and Tom left the South to move to Greenville, Ohio with their two daughters, Francy age 9 and Landa, 1. Tomi came along two years later. It was a major change to go so far, leaving her family and support behind her. She rose to the challenge with a sense of adventure, vitality, and sense of humor. She never forgot where she came from and she made sure that her daughters knew their Southern roots. It was a heritage that made an impact on all of them. As a young woman in rural Mississippi, she had wanted to become a nurse. She did not have that opportunity, but she carried the desire to help others with her always. She made a point of giving a hand wherever she could and she enriched many lives with her Southern Fried Chicken, award winning pies, and other down home favorites. Martha was a warm and loving person that even casual acquaintances would characterize as “the sweet one.” Despite the damages that time inflicted on her body, she never wanted to stop helping and participating. She fretted because she could not cook as she once did and she had to be reminded often to let others help her reach high shelves or carry dishes to the table. The one thing that never left her was her loving nature. She once said she knew her time was limited. She said,”While I am still here, with what time I have, I just want to love you all the very best I can.” You did, Mom. You did. Martha was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Greenville. She was known for her spirit, vitality, sense of humor and love for her family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 10, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church 202 West Fourth Street Greenville with Pastor Joe Payne officiating. Entombment will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Kingwood Memorial Park in Lewis Center, Ohio. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.


  • Visitation Thursday, August 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 10, 2012

Martha W. (Williams) Dorris

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Mary Kay Felton

January 10, 2013

Dear Friends,

My annual Christmas card came back marked "unable to forward" this year. I just received it in yesterday's mail after coming back from my own mother's funeral in Ohio. I got online and found this obituary. I'm sorry to send such an impersonal message via the internet. A hand written note would have been so much nicer, but I don't have a new address. The message in my Christmas card this year was signed "Thinking of you with fond memories." That much I will always have. Your mom (and dad) were very dear to me and Anna, and served as substitute parents and grandparents since our family was two hours away. I first met your mom when she came out of the house one day and walked into the middle of the street and hugged me. She introduced herself and told me that she had missed watching me put Anna on the bus for a week of preschool. She told me that she loved watching me wave at Anna every morning until the bus disappeared. The week Anna was sick, she missed our daily ritual, and when it resumed, she came out to introduce herself. We became instant friends. She was the neighborhood grandma for all the kids, and Anna and I were so fond of her. Please give our love and condolences to your dad.
Mary Kay and Anna Felton

Lawrence J

August 24, 2012

My condolences go out to the family of ms. Dorris. Look forward to the day when you can welcome her back through Jesus Christ.

August 12, 2012

We have so many fond memories of the many Christmas Eve services at First United Methodist Church. The Allread family and the Moore family in the third pew from the front and the Dorris family not far behind! Precious time spent catching up on families and watching Ms. Erin grow into a beautiful young woman. We were so touched that Erin made a special effort to greet us personally at the church and we could share our tears. We love you all. May God give you comfort and peace. Ken and Becky (Allread) Moore and family

August 10, 2012

Dear Friends, We want to express our sincere sympathy to all of you. We will miss Martha very much at the 531st army reunion. She was a joy to be with. It won't be the same without her. We send our Love and Prayers.
Love Dave & Ginny Adams and Rose Tallerino

Jeri Ann Camacho

August 9, 2012

Martha was my neighbor for 16 years. She was like a mother to me. Always there to give me advice. She was a wonderful cook and often invited me over for meals. I will never forget her kindness and her laugh. She had the netatest southern accent. My sympathy goes out to Tom, and the girls, husbands and grandaughter.

Jeri Ann Camacho

dolly & scott dunn

August 9, 2012

many 531st army reunions spent with martha & tom ......martha ,my mom tomilyn,landa,frances & myself spent many a reunuion laughing till we cried so much fun & memories and martha's yummy southern treats ...she trully was a charming ,loving,& sweet southern lady...she will be missed so much...gentle breezes...dolly & scott dunn

August 9, 2012

I remember Martha as a true southern belle...kind, giving, and a wonderful cook! May your happy memories help to comfort you in your loss. Her love will be with you always.
thoughts and prayers,
christy (dent) fisher

Chad Curtis

August 8, 2012

Martha was always a such a sweet and caring lady. Growing up next to the Dorris' I will never forget how great of a cook she was or how much joy she had in life. She always had a smile on her face and always wanted to make sure you were "doing OK". God Bless you Martha.

Janice & Larry Pfile

August 8, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with your families during this time of loss of your mother and grandmother. May God give you strength to endure during this sorrowful time and bring a lightness to your hearts knowing He is taking care of her now.