Benjamin Franklin Dockery, III
Command Sergeant Major, Retired
April 27, 1931 ~ October 7, 2011
SEASIDE, CA - Benjamin Franklin Dockery, III, 80, departed this life on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA. He was born April 27, 1931 in Memphis, TN to the late Benjamin and Donzella Goodman Dockery, Jr. To this union eight children were born. Five siblings, all of Memphis, Mildred Dillahunt, Hazel Kerns, Freddie Mae Hill, Erma B. Dockery, and Margaret Dockery preceded him in death.
Benjamin Dockery received his formal education through the Memphis Tennessee Public Schools, culminating in graduation from Geeter High School in 1948. After graduating high school, he proudly began serving 30 distinguished, dedicated and meritorious faithful years in the United States Army
as a Combat Engineer. His 30 years of service to his country included service in the Korean Conflict
and Vietnam War
. Throughout his military career, he received numerous medals and awards, including the bronze star
in recognition of his dedicated service and achievement of the highest enlisted rank possible, that of Command Sergeant Major. After retiring from the military he received an Associate's Degree with Honors from Monterey Peninsula College in General Business in June 1988. He received another Associate's Degree with Honors in Real Estate, also from Monterey Peninsula College in June 1990.
On March 31, 1950, he united in holy matrimony with Anna Jackson, his most loving and devoted wife of 60 years, whom he leaves to cherish his memory. To this union, three sons were born, Julius (Memphis), Keith and wife, Marian (Atlanta, GA), Benjamin IV (Seaside); and three daughters were born, Wanda (Glen Allen, VA), Alva (Seaside) and Elfreda (Chicago, IL). Benjamin is also survived by two of his seven siblings, Dorothy Owens and husband, Freddy (Mt. Holly, NJ) and Earl (Memphis).
Benjamin is also survived by five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, 14 nieces and nephews, a host of great- nieces and nephews and a plethora of extended family members and friends. One nephew preceded him in death.
Friends may visit starting at 9:30am, Friday, October 14, 2011 with the funeral service starting at 12:00 noon, also at Bayside Community Mortuary, 1610 Noche Buena St., Seaside. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Mission Memorial Park.