James Dorsey Sr.

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LAWNDALE - James Edward Dorsey Sr., 82, died April 1, 2013, at his residence.

A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Myrtle United Methodist Church in Gastonia, with the Rev. Jay Dorsey and Bishop Darrel Croft officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of the church.

Born Jan. 1, 1931, in Gaston County, Mr. Dorsey was a son of the late Chrisley and Alma Totherow Dorsey. He attended Myrtle High School in Gas-tonia, NC and was retired from Hagan-Kennan Oil Company and was also an evangelist having preached for over forty years. He was a member of Myrtle United Methodist Church and the widower of Nellie Carol Perkins Dorsey and Margaret Rumfelt Dorsey.

He is survived by two sons, James E. "Jay" Dorsey, Jr. of Blackstock, SC and Ronald Carrol "Ron" Dorsey of Lawndale, NC; seven sisters, Dorothy Hen-derson of Asheboro, NC, Alberta Taylor, Caleen Hawkins and Carol June Leonhardt all of Lincolnton, NC, Shelby Ellis of Lenoir, NC, Mary Lee Smith of Rocky Mount, NC and Rosalee Shuford of Greenville, SC; two brothers, Chrisley Corsey Jr. of Cherryville, NC and William R. Dorsey of Vale, NC and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Ramsey and Edna Joyce Dorsey.

Memorials may be made to Parkway Baptist Church, PO Box 1227, Chester, SC 29706 or Myrtle United Methodist Church, 1135 Bessemer City Road, Gastonia, NC 28120.

Online condolences for the family can be made at www.barronfuneralhome.com.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Apr. 2, 2013