Bright-Holland Funeral Home

2601 Lamar Ave, Paris, TX


Dorothy Fay Haney

November 18, 1933February 10, 2020

Dorothy Fay Haney, 86, of Longview, formerly of Petty, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at Alpine House Assisted Living in Longview. Bright-Holland Funeral Home has scheduled services for 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14th, at the Petty Baptist Church with Rev. James Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Dorothy, the sixth child and only daughter of Lee Davis Ridley & Josie Mae Nelson Ridley, was born Nov. 18, 1933, in a log cabin in the woods of Choctaw County, Oklahoma. She lived a long & blessed life and strived to always help others. She was a member of the Petty Baptist Church, where on September 2, 1951, she married James Haney, and on September 2, 2001, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Following their marriage in 1951, the couple moved to Ft. Worth where Dorothy graduated from Trimble Tech High School. She then went to work for the Telco Credit Union and worked eleven years. Then the couple moved back to an old farm house east of Petty in 1977. Dorothy began working at the Campbell Soup Credit Union in Paris where she worked 17 years, retiring in 1998. After retirement she became the secretary/treasurer for the Hickory Grove Cemetery Association and was the church clerk and treasurer for the Petty Baptist Church. She spent many hours doing research and working on genealogy. After some time in retirement, she went back to work part-time with the Fannin Federal Credit Union in Bonham and also served as the Post Mistress of the Petty Post Office. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, James Haney, two daughters, Pam Vaughan & husband Tommy of Longview and Linda Tolliver of Lake Fork, a son, Larry Haney of Brookston, five grandchildren; Laura McDowra of Longview, Stephanie Bigler & husband Michael of Longview, Aynslee Mosely & husband Brent of Aubrey, Angela English of Petty and George Haney of Seattle, WA, eight great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, a brother, Paul Ridley & wife Wincie of Terrell along with numerous nieces & nephews and a host of friends. Casket bearers will be: Anthony English, Kyle Smith, Michael Bigler, George Haney, Joe Atchley, and Tommy Vaughan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Hickory Grove Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 538, Roxton, TX 75477 or the Petty Baptist Church, P. O. Box 196, Petty, TX 75470. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Alpine House Assisted Living in Longview for the care given their loved one, and to Heart to Heart Hospice and Mrs. Haney’s nurse, Debbie, for the attention given during her last days.


  • Anthony English
  • Kyle Smith
  • Michael Bigler
  • George Haney
  • Joe Atchley
  • Tommy Vaughan


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Interment Friday, February 14, 2020


Dorothy Fay Haney

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Joe Atchley

February 12, 2020

Dorothy, I will always remember you. We had a rough time in many ways moving here from the city. But you and James were always there to help smooth out those wrinkles. You made the rough times easier. We got in trouble a whole lot and I felt guilty a bunch, but some of it was your fought and I believe James will back me on that one.

Yes you had a strong way and a sweet way of getting what you wanted. What did James call you? The woman with the big hammer. Yes when you put that hammer down people listened.

I will always have great memories of you. I learned how to cook outside from you. I learned to like it too. I learned all about propane and how to go without electricity. I learned how to stay warm in the winter. But now I have a lot more warmth knowing I will truly see you again.

Had many fun 42 days and nights. You was a real challenge trying to beat you and James or you and Jamie. It never matter what team you were on you seemed to be a winner.

My emotions were crushed. You helped with our son and our daughter. Lord what a nightmare. Your daughters and granddaughters thought we were absolutely nuts. We did do some nutty things. You made a difference in our life.

I needed a plumber you knew a good one. I needed work on my car you knew where to send me. Whatever or whoever you always knew. We had trouble with our contractor and boy you lowered the boom on that guy. You made him sign a paper that fired him and he was done, paid in full, and constantly kept after me building this beautiful home. You said, “Joe when are you ever gonna finish that house.” You would not let up. You said, “go out and get you a loan.” I thought if this woman just knew and that was it, you did know. So we finished it. You had another line, you would say, Now Joe...boy here it comes.

Praise God! I wouldn’t have ever survived the country if the Lord had not placed you in our lives. Love always your eternal neighbors. I got more but no more characters allowed.