Mr. Denzel "Doc" James Dockery, age 83, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born June 2, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Theo Gobal and Helen Kellar Dockery. Mr. Dockery was a resident of Port Charlotte and Ponce De Leon. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He and his wife created the red and white diver down flag for the safety of scuba divers. This flag has helped save the lives of many divers around the world. He and his wife developed the Vortex Spring Diving Resort in Ponce De Leon. In the 1960's they developed the Diatom Filter® for water filtration which became an industry. They also invented the Numatic Yokes in the diving industry, and the Preset Piston Regulators. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
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Mr. Dockery was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 62 years, Ruth Carlson Dockery; one son, Devan Dockery, and one grandson, Miles Dockery.
Mr. Dockery is survived by his son, Daryl Dockery and wife Angela of Ponce De Leon; one daughter, Connie Taylor and husband Danny of DeFuniak Springs; four brothers, Dewight Dockery and wife Nancy, David Kirk Dockery and wife Marlene all of Michigan, Forrest Dockery and wife Jane of California and Randy Dockery and wife Diane of Michigan; nine grandchildren, Erika Rice, Mariah Taylor, Logan Taylor, Andrea Kaczorowski and husband Joel, Dena McCormick and husband Micah, Chase Crow, Jeremy Dockery and wife Renea, Carrie Dockery, Ryan Dockery, and 12 great grandchildren.
A time of visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue; DeFuniak Springs. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Avenue; DeFuniak Springs, with the Rev. Kenneth Harrison officiating. Floral arrangements are being accepted. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Clary-Glenn Funeral Home - Defuniak Springs
230 Park Ave. Defuniak Springs, FL 32435
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on June 11, 2014