1925 - 2016 Luther Lee Dockery, 90, of Kirbyville, Texas died Monday, July 25, 2016 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas. There will be a visitation at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 29, 2016 with funeral services at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Both the visitation and the funeral service will be at Adams E. E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville. He is preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Kathleen Dockery; his parents, Alliene and Posey Dockery; his son, Charley Dockery and his grandson, Jonathan Dockery. He is survived by two sons - Rodney Dockery; John R. (Dick) Dockery and wife Collette; two daughters - Diana Rockwood and husband Clyde, Liz Barnett and husband Greg; grandchildren Lee Dockery, Meredith Dockery, Kaitlyn Dockery, Julie Freeman, Bill Pipes, Sean Barnett, Ryan Barnett, Kyle Barnett; great grandchildren Liam Pipes, Sofia Pipes. Luther was born October 13, 1925 in Kirbyville, Texas. He led a storied childhood growing up on Turpentine camps and spent the majority of his youth in Call, Texas. Luther joined the U. S. Air Force in 1944 at the age of 19. He completed training as a B-29 Navigator and then as a Radar Observer. In 1951, after a break in service to finish his education, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant through the Air Force Cadet Program. Upon completion of pilot training at Perris AFB, Texas, he went on to fly the F-86 Fighter Jet. Along the way, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Kent. Luther separated from the military in 1953, returning to East Texas where they raised their family of five. Luther wore many hats throughout his life. He loved flying and operated an aviation ground school in Kirbyville. He worked as an electrician, lab technician, bus driver, volunteer fireman, and he filmed all of the varsity football games for Kirbyville for many years. Daddy was also an avid poet penning such poignant epics as Willie the One-Legged Wolf and Johnny Rich and his Terrible OV-2 Luther was, first and foremost, a teacher. He taught 6th grade at and later became the principal of Call Elementary. He taught Physics and Chemistry at Kirbyville High School, Math and Science at Martin Jr. High School and finished his teaching career at Kirbyville Jr. High School. He received his Master's Degree in Education in 1971 from Texas A&M University. Many generations of Kirbyville students remember Mr. Dockery. He was that teacher who, though tough, genuinely cared about teaching and would always go the extra mile for any student. Luther was a hard-working and devoted father to our family supporting his children in their many and varied activities...sports, scouting, school activities, band. Daddy instilled a strong work ethic and moral code in all of us kids; he made sure we knew that we were capable of achieving whatever we put our mind to doing. Daddy loved nothing better than when all his family was gathered together. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In his later years, he made a bucket list and worked steadily to check off these items. His children and grandchildren worked alongside Daddy to help make some of these dreams a reality. He was a remarkable man and we will miss him always.
Adam's E.E. Stringer Funeral Home
111 S Margaret PO Box 69
Kirbyville, TX 75956
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on July 28, 2016