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Joseph "Ted" Theodore Doke Sr.

August 29, 1939December 1, 2019

Joseph Theodore “Ted” Doke, Sr., of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 1, 2019, surrounded by his loving and devoted family.

Ted was born in Martin, Kentucky on August 29, 1939 to Joseph R. Doke and Pearly J. Hambrick Doke. His parents and siblings preceded him in death.

Ted spent his life motivating others to work hard, persevere and fear nothing. He was a true mentor for those around him, especially his children and grandchildren; he loved downloading his extensive life resume to them. He was a six-year honorably discharged Veteran of the United States Army and a Medic with the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. Ted was the successful insurance man who had a knack for turning failing districts into successful districts and would rise throughout the company leadership ranks during his 20+ years with Prudential. He is the man we all call Husband, Dad and Grandpa … We love you to the moon and back!

Ted’s memory will forever be cherished by his wife of 59 years, Elaine Doke; sons, Joe Doke, Jr. (Julie) and Doug Doke (Jana); daughter, Roxana Zito (Joe); granddaughter, Lauren Zito (fiancé, Jamison Bissett); and grandson, Marc Zito.

The family will have a Celebration of Life and Inurnment Service on Saturday, April 11, 2020, which would have been the 60th Wedding Anniversary of Ted and Elaine. The announcement of the service place and time will come later.



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Joseph "Ted" Theodore Doke Sr.

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Roxana Zito

December 6, 2019

Relationship Goals! It's a commitment you make everyday when getting out of the bed and before you close your eyes at night that you will love your partner for better or worse...

Roxana Zito

December 6, 2019

Roxana Zito

December 6, 2019

Memories continued💁🏻
The love and respect he had for my husband Joe Zito. Dad and Joe had a unique bond... Dad always had nothing but positive things to say about Joe! Sometimes I thought if Joe and I divorced he would side with Joe 🤣! Whether it was golfing in his younger years while we were dating, helping him get ahead financially with advice or dad talking Joe through hanging ceiling fans or other DIY projects... They did soo much together. They could sit in a room for hours without saying a word and seemed to be able read each other well... Other times, they would talk their heads off about current events, politics or sales field as they both were sales men.
Dad has told me many times how much he loved my brothers and how proud he was of them. I remember one of the first Thanksgiving we had in Huntsville, all of us kids were married and all of our families attended... Dad was soo happy and proud to have all of his children under one roof for a few hours.
His love and dedication to my mother. Always by her side... from the first coffees in the morning until the sandman scattered his dust... In their younger days, it was golfing, swimming, traveling, dancing, yard work, children... in the later years; it was early morning coffee, yard work, politics, and everything grandchildren... April 11, 2020 would have been their 60th wedding anniversary. He moved the vow renewal ceremony up when he realized he might not make April 2020.... even when he left this world she was by his side... 2 words--Relationship Goals!
Daddy will be missed but his memories will be cherished (yes this birthday it will be painful not getting his specially sung birthday song), his guidance will be remembered.... We will move forward on our own just as you prepared us to do all our life! You were amazing in so many ways and I am forever grateful for the time spent with you and your active participation in my family's life... especially your grandchildren.

Roxana Zito

December 6, 2019

Memories of my dad... in NO particular order💁🏻
Besides making sure I understood finances and insurance???👀
Dad was always like the one parent as a child we wanted approval from... (As if he didn't give it... LOL) I remember even though I had been married for over a year, I was nervous about telling him I was pregnant. (Figuring he'd think we should have waited to be more financially stable) When we told him, I don't know if he could see I was nervous... but he gave me a hug and a smile and said, " Kids always seem to work into the budget!" "You will see it will be just fine!" You know he was right! Even when we took in a young man years later... It just worked it's self out!
Birthdays.... He always called me first thing in the morning on my birthday between 0545-0600) singing happy birthday! Lord, he sounded like a dying sea lion! But it was my dad! He had a huge heart and always tried to make birthdays fun!
The love he had for his grandchildren! Always quick to download spelling words, history lesson, computer skills, attending hockey games that they played (don't you know they were the best on the ice! By his standards!) He helped them more than they know... He was quick to remind me to have patience... to give them time and room to breathe... They could get him to go anywhere and do anything! And when he was having a bad dad or was in an ill mood... all we had to do was send one over or both... It would only take minutes for them to turn his day around (Mom and I could have tried until the cows came home and got no where with changing his attitude LOL)
When I was a little girl I guess until I was about 11 or so, I would sit on his knee and he'd bounce me, singing Hank Williams "I saw the Light" Again, It sounded more like dying Sea Lions and less like Hank! But he would give it all he had! more to come...

Joseph jr Doke

December 4, 2019

Dear Dad,

You are the best dad in the world. I will never forget the best friend I have ever had. You taught me to stand up in the world from day one, what was right and honest in order for me to become a man.

No one else could have helped me the way you did when I needed you. You accomplished and gave me many gifts, traits and abilities. Forever as my role model in my own endeavors of raising a family and business.

You are no longer on earth.
You are now with God.
You will be missed.
You ...
I could never say enough.
Thank you DAD,
you have found peace.
I Will always love you,
and never forget you.

Your son
joseph T. Doke jr.

Julie Doke

December 4, 2019

As a father-in-law, Ted always showed me kindness, and respect. Having lost my own father several years before becoming part of the Doke family, Ted became a father figure in many ways. I found our chats on life, politics and finance refreshing and enjoyed the fact that our view points on such were similar. His words of encouragement always left me uplifted and ready to press into life's challenges. His sense of humor, warm smile and invaluable life advice will be greatly missed.