Terry Lynn Doty, 72, of Cowling

Terry Lynn Doty, 72, of Cowling, passed away at his home, March 25, at 9:25 a.m. surround by his wife and daughters, just as in life.

He was born Aug. 23, 1948, in Grayville, to Lenard and Lyndell (Felty) Doty. Terry graduated from Enfield in 1966 and went on to enlist in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He served on the USS Hitchiti and was honorably discharged in November of 1973.

Upon returning home and discharge, he met and married, on July 29, 1972, Betty Brines.

Terry worked in the oil fields of southern Illinois for many years for several outfits. Later he moved on to working for the City of Grayville and farming around the Keensburg area. Finally, around 2009, he retired from Wabash Valley Trucking. He was also a member of the VFW.

In retirement, he helped friends and family with keeping their lawns up and doing odds and ends to help anyone he could. Terry was quite the comedian and was always up for a good joke and he was a glad accomplice to some pretty funny practical jokes.

Spending time with his wife, children, and grandkids were his happiest times. He was always shadowed by his best good boy, Bo. Bo was a loyal friend and companion, who went ahead to wait for him on March 23.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Betty Doty of Cowling; daughters, Michelle Doty (Glenn Hasenour) of Evansville, Ind. and Deanna Downs of Cowling; granddaughters, Betty (Alex) Loyd, Teri Garner, Amanda (Miguel Torres) Simpson, all of Owensboro, Ky. and Ashley (Zack) Davenport of Cowling; grandson, Korvin Doty of Owensboro, Ky.; six great-grandchildren Molly, Leeland, Amelia, Blakely, Evelyn and Josie; brothers, Talbott (Melody) Doty of Bastrop, Texas, Steve (Cindy) Doty of San Antonio, Texas and Greg (Melissa) Doty of Grayville; sister, Sonya Runyon of Bone Gap and sister-in-law, Paula Doty of Darlington, S.C. He also left behind a large extended family: many brothers- and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Terry is preceded in death by his brother, Ron; grandson-in-law, Joshua Garner and his loving dog and companion Bo.

The family would like to especially thank, Dr. Levi McDaniel and staff, Dr. Maqbool Ahmed and staff, Wabash General Ambulance Service, Blair McCarty and Tyler Kruse, Keensburg Fire Department, Wabash General Hospital ER Dr. McCain and staff, Wabash General Hospital RT, The LaVarier Family, Residential Hospice and Cook Funeral Chapel for their thoughtful kindness and compassion.

 A private family service will be at Cook Funeral Chapel in Grayville.  Burial with military rites will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Grayville.