Arthur Doherty passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
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Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013 at Manna-Fest Pentecostal Fellowship Church with Reverend Waymond White and Reverend Linda Humphrey officiating. Interment will be in White Rose Cemetery. Arrangements are under direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.
Arthur Newton Doherty was born July 29, 1928 in Bartlesville to William "Bill" and Elsie (Huff) Doherty Sr. He married his beloved Emma Belle Lemon on June 11, 1955 in Nowata, OK. Arthur proudly served his country in WWII in the 26th Infantry of the US Army. He served from April 1946-June 1949 when he was honorably discharged and decorated with a WWII Victory Medal and an Army of Occupation Medal. He was stationed in Germany while serving his country.
Arthur retired from being an inspector after 21 years of service in 1992 at Reda-Pump. He then worked as a people greeter at Wal-Mart for the next seven years. He was ordained as a minister and received his license on July 2, 1978. He married numerous couples that he considered friends and family. Having a passion for playing the guitar and singing gospel music, he was able to put these two to use when he joined the Pentecostal Tabernacle of God Church in 1967. There he taught the adult Sunday School class and ministered through song and worship. After 41 years, he began attending Liberty Chapel and more recently, Revival Time Outreach. Arthur enjoyed fishing and photography, watching football, boxing and John Wayne movies.
Arthur is survived by one son, Michael Doherty and wife Deborah of Bartlesville and son-in-law, David Cox of Bartlesville. Three step-sons; Rick, Bill and Tom Leeson, two sisters; Lucille Banker of Texas and Ester May Doherty of Ponca City. One brother, William Doherty Jr., eight grandchildren; Christopher Doherty and wife Bridgit of Rockland, CA, Danielle Doherty and husband David Briggs of Dewey, Joshua Doherty of Joplin, MO, Tony Leeson and wife Debi of Bartlesville, Jeneva (Cox) and husband Abdu Mohamad of Tulsa, Don Cox and wife Rebecca of Bartlesville, Kevin Shaffer of Bartlesville and Danny Parker-Leeson of Ohio. He was blessed with 30 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.
Arthur was preceded in death by the love of his life, Emma Belle Doherty, his parents, two daughters; Rita Ann Doherty and Deborah Kay Cox, three sisters, four brothers, unnamed sibling twins and a grandson, Joe Allen Doane.
Arthur loved to minister, no matter where he was or who you were. He had so much compassion in every endeavor he faced. That compassion will live on in our hearts, as will he. Arthur was a great father, grandfather, husband and friend. He will be greatly missed.
Walker-Brown Funeral Home
4201 Southeast Nowata Road
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 1 to Mar. 1, 2013