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East Lawn Funeral Home & East Lawn Memorial Park

4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN

OBITUARY

Franklin D. Dockery

March 14, 1933June 23, 2019
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Franklin D. Dockery, 86, passed away during the evening hours of Sunday (June 23, 2019) with his loving family by his side. Franklin was born on March 14, 1933 in Mascot, TN to the late Richard & Callie (Walker) Dockery.

Franklin unselfishly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an avid golfer and UT fan, and he enjoyed raising his delicious tomatoes. He was the owner and operator of Kingsport Bumper Sales. Franklin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend; he will be greatly missed. In addition to his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim and two infant brothers; and two sisters, Louise Diamond and Kathleen Scott.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Virginia Dockery; daughter, Penny Helbert & husband John; grandson, Aaron Helbert & wife Vannessa; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Helbert; four brothers, Ray Dockery, Jerry Dockery & wife Nancy, Robert Dockery & wife Evelyn; Pat Dockery & wife Eva; two sisters, Emma Lou Howard & husband Ed, and Mary Ann Roch & husband Roger; brother-in-law, Ray Diamond; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday (June 26, 2019) from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at East Lawn Funeral Home. Franklin will be laid to rest following the visitation on Wednesday (June 26, 2019) at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Love. Military rites will be provided by American Legions Posts 3/265.

Online condolences may be made to the Dockery family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Dockery family.

  • FAMILY

  • Virginia Dockery, Wife of Sixty-Six Years
  • Penny Helbert and husband John, Daughter
  • Aaron Helbert and wife Vannessa, Grandson
  • Charlotte Helbert, Great-Granddaughter
  • Ray Dockery, Jerry Dockery and wife Nancy, Robert Dockery and wife Evelyn, Pat Dockery and wife Eva, Brothers
  • Emma Lou Howard and husband Ed, Mary Ann Roch and husband Roger, Sisters
  • Ray Diamond, Brother-In-Law
  • Several Nieces and Nephews, Family
  • A Host of Friends, Friends
  • Richard and Callie (Walker) Dockery, Parents - Deceased
  • Jim Dockery and Two Infant Brothers, Brothers - Deceased
  • Louise Diamond and Kathleen Scott, Sisters - Deceased

Services

  • Receiving of Family & Friends Wednesday, June 26, 2019
  • Laid To Rest Following Visitation Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Memories

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Doris Layman Barnes

June 28, 2019

So sorry to hear about cousin Frank passing, I remember visiting at their home in Mascot. Mom and dad (G.L. and Anna Mae) would load us all up on a Sunday afternoon drive over for a visit. Great memories ❣️ Prayers for strength and comfort.

Kathy Williams-Francescon

June 26, 2019

Penny and Tina,
I am hurting for you and with you and was so terribly sorry to hear of Frank's passing. The memories of all of you are far too many to put into words. But they are indeed precious memories...I will be praying for all the family and keeping you close in heart and thought. I am praying that we can share some memories of Frank real soon. All my love, Kathy

Ruth Cannon

June 26, 2019

Ernestine, you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Thinking of you. Love, Ruth Cannon

ANGEL MCREYNOLDS

June 25, 2019

Penny,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I love you and am always here if ya need me!! All my love.

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Biography

Franklin D. Dockery was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Franklin will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Franklin D. Dockery, 86, passed away during the evening hours of Sunday (June 23, 2019) with his loving family by his side. Franklin was born on March 14, 1933 in Mascot, TN to the late Richard & Callie (Walker) Dockery.

Franklin unselfishly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was an avid golfer and UT fan, and he enjoyed raising his delicious tomatoes. He was the owner and operator of Kingsport Bumper Sales. Franklin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend; he will be greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, Franklin was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim and two infant brothers; and two sisters, Louise Diamond and Kathleen Scott.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 66 years, Virginia Dockery; daughter, Penny Helbert & husband John; grandson, Aaron Helbert & wife Vannessa; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Helbert; four brothers, Ray Dockery, Jerry Dockery & wife Nancy, Robert Dockery & wife Evelyn; Pat Dockery & wife Eva; two sisters, Emma Lou Howard & husband Ed, and Mary Ann Roch & husband Roger; brother-in-law, Ray Diamond; several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday (June 26, 2019) from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at East Lawn Funeral Home. Franklin will be laid to rest following the visitation on Wednesday (June 26, 2019) at East Lawn Memorial Park in the Garden of Love. Military rites will be provided by American Legions Posts 3/265.

Online condolences may be made to the Dockery family at www.eastlawnkingsport.com. East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Dockery family.

Simply stated, Franklin was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Franklin leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Franklin D. Dockery.