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Clarence Dorman

October 22, 2012

Mr. Clarence Devane Dorman of Starkville, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 at Starkville Church of God with Rev. Hank Anderson officiating.
Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at Welch’s Funeral Home.
Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Dorman was born Nov. 13, 1930. He graduated from Starkville High School where he made four varsity letters in football, baseball and basketball. He also ran track and was elected king of the senior class. While a high school freshman, he swam for Mississippi State University’s AAU swimming team.

He attended MSU where his father worked. (The elder Dorman was recognized posthumously with a building named in his honor.) Mr. Dorman earned two bachelor degrees from MSU, the first in agriculture in 1953 and the second in business administration in 1968.
In 1953, he entered the U.S. Army where he became an Army aviator, flying an L-19 Bird Dog. Stationed in Germany, he was the aviation officer for the 70th Armored field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged as a captain. Mr. Dorman held lifetime memberships in the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He began working for what was then Security State Bank in 1957, and remained 37 years until retiring as executive vice president of the Starkville office. It was then known as Deposit Guaranty National Bank. While serving as bank manager in the Sturgis office, he fulfilled one term on the Board of Aldermen and one term as mayor. He also owned and operated the Sturgis Insurance Agency, a fire and casualty business. He held a license as a real estate broker as well.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Dorman loved to hunt and fish, often visiting the marshes of Louisiana to redfish with his friends. He also owned horses and participated in long-distance rides and horse shows. At one time, he owned and operated a beef cattle farm in east Oktibbeha County and a timber farm in northwest Oktibbeha County. He loved to garden as well.
The community called on Mr. Dorman to serve on various committees to raise funds for charities. He was chairman of the committee that brought United Way to Oktibbeha County.

A member of the Starkville Church of God, he served as a coordinator with the Bill Glass Prison Ministry. As such, he went into over 125 prisons across America, traveling from the state of Washington to Maine and to Puerto Rico, lifting up inmates to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He often talked about the satisfaction he found in the commitments to Jesus made by the men he met on death row in Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Florida, Alabama and Kentucky.

He was a mathematical genius with an uncanny ability to do complex computations without benefit of pen, paper or calculator.
A true Southerner, he was known far and wide for his ability to tell humorous stories, frequently receiving requests for repeats and never telling any tale quite the same way twice.

He was beloved and will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Lynda Ray Dorman; children, Beth (Sammy) Dorman Coleman of Starkville, Nancy (Mark) Dorman-Hickson of Birmingham, Ala., Merrie (Peter) Dorman McGrath of Charlotte, N.C., Lynn (Bud) Ray Gillis of Sturgis and Joel (Louann) Ray of Eupora; 11 grandchildren, Justin Coleman, Steele McGrath, Aubrey McGrath, Josh Hickson, Brennan Hickson, Maegan White, Mitzi Russell, McKenzie Russell, Chase Ray, Tyler Ray, Hannah Grace Ray; and three great-grandchildren, Garrett White, Harley White, and Adalee Russell.

Mr. Dorman was preceded in death by his first wife, Ouida Steele Dorman; son, Dennis Devane Dorman; and his parents, Clarence and Elma Parker Dorman.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Justin Coleman, Steele McGrath, Aubrey McGrath, Josh Hickson, Chase Ray, and Tyler Ray.

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