Harold Winston Dorsey

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DORSEY Harold Winston. The life of The Reverend Doctor Harold Winston Dorsey concluded Tue afternoon, June 5, 2012 following a brief illness. He was in his 95th year. Born in Shelby County, KY to Earle VanHorn and Angie Hancock Dorsey, he attended the Sunnyside School, Mt. Eden High School. In 1938 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and his Master Divinity in 1941 from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Kentucky Wesleyan honored him in 1959 with his Doctorate of Divinity Degree. His forty-five years of service as a minister in The United Methodist Church began with a five-point circuit in Owen and Henry Counties and included pastorates in Eminence, Irvine, Nicholasville, Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Epworth/Lexington and Ashland. He was District Superintendent of The Danville District and The Lexington District. His related involvement included Chairman of the Board of Pensions, Board of Directors of Pikeville Methodist Hospital, Lexington's Good Samaritan Hospital, Board of Directors of Kentucky Wesleyan College, Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, Hinton Rural Life Board, World Methodist Council, Charter member Kentucky United Methodist Foundation Board of Directors and Director of the Good Samaritan Foundation. In 1957, he was a short term missionary to Japan and twice on the Kentucky Council of Churches. His additional community service included Chaplain of both the Prestonsburg Fire Department and later The Pike County Rescue Squad, Chairman of the Disaster Committee of the Floyd County Red Cross and later Chaired the Rehabilitation Committee during the 1957 Flood, Spokesperson for the flood control before the U.S. Congressional hearings securing the Fishtrap Dam and flood control of The Big Sandy River. Dr. Dorsey was a former Rotarian and Kiwanian for 55 years, serving as a Director in each club and President of the Lexington Kiwanis Club 1985-86. He served on three different Boy Scout Councils: Old Kentucky Home, Lonesome Pine and Bluegrass. He was a 60+ year member of the Masonic Order and until this past year served as Chaplain of Oleika Shrine Temple. He was a Kentucky Colonel, Man of the Mountains Floyd County Hall of Fame, recipient of "Hero, Saints & Legends" Award, outstanding Alumnus of Kentucky Wesleyan College and received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his lifetime of service. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Irene Cochran Dorsey, in 2001. The tragic death of their only child, Edwin Cochran Dorsey took place in 1971 on his 21st birthday while a student at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dr. Dorsey is also preceded in death by an older brother, Edwin Dale Dorsey, and his two younger twin brothers, Roy Hancock Dorsey, Sr. and Ray Earle Dorsey. He is survived by a niece, Mrs. Lee (Rebecca) Heaton of Louisville; two nephews, Roy Hancock Dorsey, Jr. and his wife Tish Dorsey of Fort Thomas and Owen Earle Dorsey and his wife Linda Greenwood Dorsey of Atlanta, GA.; his sister-in-law, Mrs. Roy Hancock (Marilyn Owen) Dorsey, Sr. of Fort Thomas, KY.; two great-nephews; four great nieces; six great-great-nephews; six great-great nieces; and his cousins, Emma Jean Hancock Nash and Dorothy Hancock Segretto of Shelbyville, KY. Services will be held at 1pm Thu, June 7, 2012 at St. Luke United Methodist Church (Alumni Drive) in Lexington with The Reverend Doctor Debbie Wallace-Padgett officiating. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, KY. Visitation will be from 11am until service time at church. Expressions of sympathy may be made, in Dr. Dorsey's memory, to the Edwin Cochran Dorsey Memorial Scholarship Fund at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Arrangements by Milward-Broadway. www.milwardfuneral.com
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(859) 252-3411
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Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 6, 2012
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