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Louis Dorsey

Louis George Dorsey

Friday, February 22nd, 1929 - Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
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Louis George Dorsey passed away at the Colonnades in Charlottesville, VA on August 25, 2020. He was a loving and devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend. Born to Zetta and Laurence Dorsey on February 22, 1929, Louis grew up on his family’s farms (along with his twelve siblings) in Frederick County, a few miles from Winchester, Virginia.

After graduating Handley High School in 1947, Lou and his brother, Smith, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force (they attended Basic Training together), serving from 1948-1952.

After his discharge from the USAF in 1952, Lou moved to Washington, DC to attend Strayer College. He soon met the love of his life in DC, and his first date with Lois Brooks was to view the Independence Day fireworks at the Washington Monument. Thus began a romance of nearly 67 years. Lou and Lois married in November, 1954, and the couple moved back to Lou’s hometown of Winchester, VA before their children were born, (Dee in 1956 and Danny in 1959). Lou took employment with his family business at the Winchester Casket Company, calling on funeral directors in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, as well as taking on the bookkeeping duties. Lou, his brother Smith (yet again) and another family partner later became owners of the company, then sold the business and retired in 1993.

Lou was active in the First United Methodist Church in Winchester, serving as a trustee and choir member for many years. Our time on North Braddock Street was a simple, small town life where we could all walk to church, walk to work, and walk to school.

Lois and Lou relocated to Virginia Beach after retirement to be closer to Dee and her daughters, Taber and Haley. Lou enjoyed his retirement years, with walks on the beach, travels with Lois and friends, and decorating their new home. He treasured time spent with his grandkids, attending all sorts of games and concerts to cheer them on. At the same time, he kept in close contact and visited often with family and old friends from Winchester and southern Virginia, and spent time with Dan, Cathy and grandson Garen once they moved back to Virginia.

Lois and Lou moved once again in 2009, taking up residence at the Colonnades in Charlottesville, close to Dan and his family. By this time Lois was beginning to struggle with memory loss, and Lou was able to get extra support in caring for her. After two years of living together in Independent Living at the Colonnades, Lois had experienced enough decline in her memory functions and mobility that a move into dementia care was necessary. Lou was steadfast and faithful over the past many years, visiting every day to help Lois with love, care and even feeding her meals, until she passed away this past April. Despite battling numerous health issues of his own, he rarely spent a day without spending time with his beloved sweetheart.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents Laurence Fries Dorsey and Zetta Smith Dorsey, and siblings Willa Brown, Gretchen Rosenberger, Sidney Rosabelle Phillips, William Dorsey, Gloria Macauley, Smith Dorsey, Amaryllis (Ann) Slonaker, and Luther (Peachy) Dorsey.

Lou is survived by siblings Chauncey Dorsey, Phineas Dorsey, Sue Merriner and Benjamin Dorsey.
He is also survived by his daughter Dee Carpenter (husband Gil) of Virginia Beach, granddaughters Taber Catillaz (husband John), and Haley Vidrine (husband James), and two great-granddaughters Brooks Catillaz and Cameron Vidrine. Also his son, Dan Dorsey (wife Cathy) of Charlottesville, and grandson Garen Dorsey also of Charlottesville.

Our family wishes to thank our parents’ physician, Dr. Christina Tieu for her excellent guidance and care. Additionally, we want to express our gratitude for the staff at the Colonnades for their attention, love and dedication to Lou and Lois over many years.

The family requests that memorial donations be made in memory of Louis to either the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

A private burial for Louis and Lois will be held at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester on August 31. Friends and family wishing to pay their respects may call at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester on Saturday August 29 from 9 am-5 pm and on Sunday August 30 from 1-5 pm

Online condolences may be left at www.jonesfuneralhomes.com
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Service Details

  • Interment

    Location
    Mount Hebron Cemetery
    Address
    305 East Boscawen Street
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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Graveside Service will be Private

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Danna Doyle

Posted at 02:23pm
To the Family of Lou Dorsey - My heartfelt condolences to you. Mr. Dorsey was a true gentleman, always polite and considerate. My landlord for 22 years, he took such pride in his family home on North Washington Street and his tenants felt safe and secure. May you find comfort in your many happy memories of Lou and Lois. They are reunited now. With sincere thoughts, Danna Doyle
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Michelle Burris

Posted at 07:58pm
Dee, Gil, Dan, Cathy, and family, So very sorry for your loss and thinking of you. Rick and Mickey Dorsey Burris
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Ron Place

Posted at 04:31pm
We have such good memories of Lou. He , Smith, and Roger "trained" us as we took ownership of their business and they readied to retire. We needed that training ! Lou was always willing to assist and advise. After his retirement to Virginia Beach , he would have dinner with us when the Va. conventions were held in Norfolk. We enjoyed his happy stories of life near the grandchildren.
He was a good friend to us.
-Ron and Hallie Place
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Linda Milburn

Posted at 03:47pm
Dee and Danny:

Thinking of you . . . you had wonderful parents

Ann Wadsworth and Mary Rosenberger
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Steve Dorsey

Posted at 09:35pm
Dee and Danny, I'm sure you long ago realized what wonderful parents you were blessed to have. I fondly remember those Friday/Saturday nights when we were growing up and lived only a couple blocks away from each other on North Braddock Street and your parents and mine would engage in card games, especially in the winter months. Canasta was their favorite game to play and it got a little competitive at times, I recall. Those were great times for our parents and I'm sure your mom and dad are already sitting down for a game with Smith and Winnie in heaven. My uncle Louis was an outstanding business partner with my father, and Bethanne and I were so happy to see him at the last Dorsey 13 reunion two years ago. I'm also so glad I had the opportunity to speak with him over the phone earlier this year. i'm sure that he's at peace now that he's reunited with Lois and his other siblings in heaven. He touched many hearts with his humble graciousness and caring personality. He will be missed but not forgotten by those of us who were fortunate enough to know him.
-- Steve Dorsey
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