PASSED AWAY MONDAY AND HIS SERVICES ARE NEXT MONDAY AT THE RAUSCH FUNERAL HOME
IN OWINGS. JACK WAS ONE OF THE VERY STRONG, OUTSTANDING MEMBERS IN THE EARLY
YEAR OF OUR ORGANIZATION.
BILL COOKE, P.P.
Jack Thurston Dorsey Sr., 86, of Owings passed away April 10, 2017 at Calvert County Nursing Center. He was born Oct. 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 50 years and became a Vice President of home building 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 VFD (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 Marie Elizabeth "Betty" Harrison of Owings on Aug. 28, 1953 and they lived in their house in Owings for over 50 years. They had two sons: Jack T. Dorsey Jr. and Dennis M. Dorsey. He was a member of Friendship U.M. Church for over 60 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; 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, Darren Dorsey; great-granddaughters: Anna M. and Ella J. Dorsey; and a niece, Nancy Miller.
Family and friends will be received Monday, April 17 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Owings. A funeral service will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Friendship UMC, North Beach or Dunkirk VFD.
Published in The Calvert Recorder on Apr. 14, 2017