Dorsey, Jack Thurston, Sr.
Birth: Thursday, October 16, 1930 in Calvert County, Maryland
Residence: Owings, Maryland
Death: Monday, April 10, 2017 at the age of 86
Laid to Rest: in the Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery, Friendship, Maryland
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Jack Thurston Dorsey Sr., 86, of Owings passed away April 10, 2017 at Calvert County Nursing Center. He was born October 16, 1930 to Thornton and Della (Griffith) Dorsey at Calvert County Hospital. He resided in Owings his entire life, attended Tracey's Elementary School and graduated from Southern High School in 1948.
After working with several local businesses, he began working in Northern Virginia for Carr Homes. He worked there for almost fifty years and became a Vice President of homebuilding with Edward R. Carr & Associates. He later did land development work for JCE, Inc. in Virginia. Jack was known locally as a volunteer fireman and served as President of North Beach VFD (Company 1), and later on the Board of Directors. He was instrumental in establishing an annex company at Dunkirk, which later became Dunkirk VDF (Company 5). The new firehouse was dedicated in his honor. He was a Past President of Southern MD Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association. He served two terms of office on the Maryland State Fire Commission.
He married Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Harrison of Owings on August 28, 1953 and they lived in the house for over fifty years. They had two sons, Jack T. Dorsey, Jr. and Dennis M. Dorsey. He was a member of Friendship U.M.C. for over sixty years and served on the Board of Trustees and the church cemetery committee. He was a member of the Anne Arundel County Farm Bureau and was a life member of the Deale Elks Lodge 2528. He loved gospel music and country music, the Redskins and travel. Goose hunting was his favorite sport. His hobbies were a clean car and a neat green lawn.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, a son Jack T. Dorsey, Jr., his parents and brothers J. Earl Dorsey, Sr. and R. Thornton Dorsey, Jr. He is survived by a son Dennis M. Dorsey and wife Alyson, grandchildren Jay, Drew, Krysta and Darren Dorsey, great-granddaughters Anna M. and Ella J. Dorsey and a niece Nancy Miller. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.