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KANNAPOLIS, NC-John Gregory Doty, February 22, 1945 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 75). On the morning of Saturday, August 29, 2020 Sergeant Major John G. Doty, USMC, Retired, went home to be with the Lord. Originally of Portsmouth, OH, the Sergeant Major is survived by his wife Jane of Kannapolis, neighbor-daughter Kisha (John) of Kannapolis, daughter Julie (Tim) of Erwin, son David (Heather) of Concord, sisters Elaine and Barbara (Tim) of Portsmouth, OH, Grandchildren Kristian (Sarah), Dana (Tiffany), Yesenia, Sarah (Daniel), Matthew, Anna, John, Drayton, Makenzie, Alina, Laura and Samuel. He is also survived by great grandchildren Aaron, Isaiah, Peyton and Eliana. Cousins include James Distel of Oklahoma City, OK, Bruce Distel of Portsmouth, OH, Michael Doty of Oxnard, CA, Patricia Doty of Grants Pass, OR, as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Loved by many and respected by all who knew him, John was deeply loyal, tremendously generous and passionately grateful. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and everything outdoors. He loved his wife and family "desperately". He is forever a faithful Marine, having served 26 years, 7 months and 8 days.

A high school track and football star, John declined a full scholarship to play at the University of Michigan in order to be a Marine. He advanced quickly through the ranks of the Corps despite a reduction in force size after the Viet Nam war, in which he served 2 tours. He developed a reputation for instating strong leadership and being a 'fixer' in struggling battalions. He founded and grew Flag Keepers, which exists to educate the public on the US flag code, and to provide for the proper care and disposal of American flags. He was fiercely patriotic. Ask him how he's doing, he'll reply "Better than I deserve," or "Absolutely could not be better. "

These statements are truer today than they have ever been. At ease, Sergeant Major.

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Published in The Daily Times from Sep. 11 to Sep. 12, 2020.
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September 24, 2020
my grandad was one of the best people i have ever known. he was kind loving and proud of serving his country.
Laura Doty
September 12, 2020
I remember John from high school days and that he was popular and very likeable. I haven't seen him since then but am pleased for him that he had such a good life and an illustrious career in the military - John, thank you for your service to our country. You and your family will be in my prayers.
James Coburn
September 12, 2020
I dated John when I was in high school
I lived on highland Ave in Portsmouth in my younger years
And he lived on Lincoln street that’s how I met him
I didn’t go to his school PHS
I went to Notre Dame
He was always a great gentleman
RIP John
Becky Delabar Lauter
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