11/16/09 — LESLIE K. DORR

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Died Nov. 4, 2009

HENDERSON -- Leslie Kenneth Dorr, 88, 102 Fernwood Creek Court, died peacefully Saturday in a local nursing home.

Graveside services with military honors will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery in Goldsboro, with the Rev. George D. Speake officiating.

Mr. Dorr was born in Lee Center, N.Y., the son of the late Willard John and Bessie Clemens Dorr.

Known as Les, he graduated from Groton High School in Groton, N.Y., in 1939.

He served in the United States Army in World War II being stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where he met his future wife, Mabel Irene Daniels.

In 1955, he moved with Mabel and their four children from Goldsboro to Henderson to open the GE Appliance Sales and Service on Garnett Street with the late Levy Mitchell.

In 1968 after selling the store to Buddy Thomas, he started an antique business, first restoring and refinishing and eventually crafting period reproduction furniture from antique lumber bought from estate sales in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. He operated the business for more than 25 years with the help of Mabel.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Lee Anne Dorr of Henderson and Jean Lusted and husband, Carl, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Heather Diana, Dr. Jud Ready and Grace Holmes; three great-grandchildren, Shyama Diana, Vivian and Lucas Ready; and one brother, Norman Dorr.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mabel; son, William Leslie "Billy" Dorr; daughter, Nancy Dorr; brother, Walter Dorr; and sisters, Irma Benedict and Ruth Dorr.

The family will receive friends today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at J. M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at his home at 102 Fernwood Creek Court.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 114 Church St., Henderson, N.C., 27536, or Daniels Memorial United Methodist Church, 2803 E. Ash St., Goldsboro, N.C., 27533.

His daughters would like to thank all of the caregivers for their love, dedication and service over the past four years.

Arrangements are by J. M. White Funeral Home.


Published in Obituaries on November 16, 2009 1:47 PM