Dollie Ruth Templeton

December 18, 1935August 24, 2018

Dollie Ruth Templeton, 82, of Sumner, passed away Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Paris Regional Medical Center. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled graveside services for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28th, at West Post Oak Cemetery with Rev. Randall Scott officiating. A formal visitation will not be scheduled, however, those wishing to pay respects may visit the funeral home through Monday evening. Mrs. Templeton, the daughter of C. B. and Melvalee Cottrell Singleton, was born Dec. 18, 1935, in Loraine, TX. She graduated from Sundown High School where she made All-State on her basketball team and was a cheerleader. She and her first husband, Billy Joe Norton, owned and operated two drive-in restaurants, Dolly Cup and Tips, in Childress, TX. Later they opened Dolly Cup in Muleshoe. She and Billy Joe were members of the Elks Lodge in Childress. Dollie was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her first husband & lifelong friend, Billy Joe Norton in 2009, her second husband, Travis Templeton, in 2001, her parents, C. B. & Melvalee Singleton, son-in-law, David Vassey, sister, Nellie Blackburn, and brother, Sonny Singleton. Survivors include three children; Rick Norton & wife Tera of Midlothian, Rena Vassey of Sumner, and Tina Norton of Dallas, grandchildren; Alex Norton, Ryan Norton, Bailey Norton, Toni Gardiner & husband Jason, Becky Smieszek, Trista Vassey & Bryan Ezzell, Kristan Humphreys, Addison Malone, and Hannah Malone, great grandchildren; Kade Vassey & fiancé Taylor Jones, Kaleb McFadden, Ethan Denton, Allie Ruth Denton, and LaRue Ward, siblings; Ann Caddell, Nita Burreson & husband Stanley, Kathy Barnette & husband Mike and Johnny Singleton & wife Pam along with many nieces & nephews and a host of friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the cancer research hospital of ones choice.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Kathie White - Karnes

August 29, 2018

I cherish a memory of visiting Dollie and her family with her sister Nita, when Nita and I were in high school. I cooked fried cabbage for her, her husband and some guests that were coming in for dinner.
Beautiful person and made the best ice cream ever at the Dolly Cup.
Dollie will be missed

Mike & Kathy Barnette

August 28, 2018

The day has come that we thought would never be! The consolation is you have no more pain! It's hard to imagine never hearing your sweet voice on the phone, with you always saying give Mike and the boys a hug and kiss from me as you would hang up. You always thought to send a card on our birthdays. This is the person we will miss....Dollie, you had a heart of gold and a sweet, sweet spirit! We miss you already! Love you Sis!

Joe Ruthardt

August 27, 2018

Dear Rick, Rena, and Tina
I am so sorry for your loss. Our loss. Dolly was pretty much my second mother growing up and gave me a lot of advice. She was the greatest to go talk to no matter what was going on in your life. She was there to listen and help in any way she could. She was a very special lady in my heart and although I haven't had the opportunity to see her in many years I always knew she would be there if I needed her. May God bless you and your families and give you the peace that only he can provide. I love you all like family and wish I could be there for her service.

Mark Hartline

August 27, 2018

To Rick, Rena,and Tina. There was alot of running in and out of the Norton house back in the day at different times and at all hours, yet Dollie ( and occasionally Bill ) seemed to good-naturedly take it all in stride. She was always sweet to all of us and ready to do anything for any of us. I haven't had the pleasure of seeing any of you in years but Dollie has and will always have a lasting and positive impact on our lives.

Pam Collins

August 26, 2018

Rena and family. I was so sorry to hear about Miss Dollie. I just loved waiting on her at the Brookshire Pharmacy. She always had a smile on her face kinda like you Rena. My thoughts are with you. Pam Collins

Pam Singleton

August 25, 2018

Although we each have our own opinions & may have handled things in different ways, the fact remains that we are all heart broken, sad, but will remain joyful for her soul. Dollie was a wonderful, warm & loving lady. From the first time we met, she took my family & I into her loving arms and made us feel right at home & that we belonged. Her heart was full on kindness & generosity. She made sacrifices and gave of herself to help others and cared for those in need. I will forever be thankful that our paths have crossed & that the family and/or siblings were able to get together one more time. I will truly miss her voice, the conversations, her laughter & her smile, but I know she is not alone and is home with the Lord. God, please give us all peace and comfort during this difficult time. Thank you for giving us Dollie and the time we had together. Please take good care of her for she was very special to me.