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     Leland Carl Dockery, age 92, of Lamar, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

     Lee was born February 7, 1924, in Irwin, Missouri, seventh of the nine children of Zella and Edna Mae (Harmon) Dockery.  Growing up with an exceptional work ethic, Lee joined the CCC at an early age and was involved in building the Bagnall Dam.  In 1943, he was inducted into the Army and served in Greenland during World War II.   His civilian career as an auto mechanic spanned over 40 years and he worked for several repair shops and auto dealerships in Nevada, Kansas City, and Lamar, retiring from Ihm’s Chrysler in 1984.  An avid outdoorsman, Lee fished and hunted deer, turkey, quail, and small game.  In later years, he enjoyed playing cards and the fellowship of family and friends.

     On March 7, 1945, at San Diego, California, Lee married the love of his life, Julia Crosson, and they had celebrated nearly 60 years together before her passing on February 16, 2005.  He was also preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Cal, Stan, Howard, and Loren Dockery; three sisters, Minnie Dockery, Reba Owen, and Nadine Walters; and a daughter, Deana Dockery.

     Survivors include a son, Terry (Crystal) Dockery of Carthage; a sister, Helen Foley of Diamond, Missouri; two grandchildren, Aaron (Nancy) Dockery, Carthage, and Segren Cagle, Joplin; three great-granddaughters, Shelby Dockery and twins, Katelyn & Kelly Dockery; and a large extended family.

     A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 22nd at St. James Cemetery northeast of Milford, Missouri. 

     The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Irwin Community Church.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to St. James Cemetery, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Comments  

#8 El Dorado Springs MoKASSI PARKER 2016-08-25 20:03
Sorry about your loss
#7 Lamar, Mo.Vickie whyman 2016-08-23 08:24
Terry so sorry for the loss of your dad. Sending prayers for comfort to you and your family.5BpU3
#6 Depew, OKLinda Ford 2016-08-22 14:15
I was a lucky one whose mom married into the Dockery family. I remember trips to Lamar when my stepdad, Stan, would get together with his brothers. Lee told great stories. I loved his laugh. They had so much fun together. I also remember fishing trips with him, Howard, and my dad. He was a big tease and I never knew what to expect, except that I would have a lot of fun. Wishing the family joy and laughter in the memories and comfort in the loss.
#5 Huntsville, ALJack and Anita Liverman 2016-08-21 19:30
Wishing we were there sharing the warm memories of Lee. He was a typical Dockery man, caring, giving, and having fun teasing family!
#4 Webb City,MOBob Long 2016-08-20 06:22
When I bought my first (well used )
car from Medlin Bros Ford, in Lamar,Mo.
Lee, was my mechanic.. Remember the
test drives with Lee, after he had finished working on the 1956 Merc.
Will always be remembered...For his
kindness to me,as a kid...
#3 West Monroe, LAJanice Dockery Walker 2016-08-19 16:47
I remember good times with Uncle Lee, Aunt Judy, Terry, and Deana when I was a kid. The storytelling continued all my life and I loved every minute of it. Uncle Lee, as did my Dad (Stan) and all the Dockery brothers and sisters had such a great sense of humor and definitely had the gift of gab. I will miss him so much!
#2 Lamar, MOCarolyn Taffner 2016-08-19 12:50
Loved Uncle Lee very much. I can remember all the brothers together. They had such a good time together. Uncle Lee and my Dad, Calvin went hunting together a lot. Lee was such fun to be around and always happy and good to me. And as Wayne said he was a great storyteller of the old times. I will miss him. My condolences to Terry and family. You were so lucky to have him for so many years.
#1 Houston, Tx.Wayne Dockery 2016-08-19 08:31
Uncle Lee was an amazing man with a mind that could remember details from his childhood with great detail. A great storyteller. I will miss him a lot and cherish the time we got to spend together.

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