Virginia Pink Dorries
July 18, 1922 – –
January 28, 2021
VIRGINIA JULIAN DORRIES from Longwood, Florida
Virginia Pink Julian was born on July 18, 1922 in Leesburg, Texas, to William H. and Dixie Shelby Julian. She grew up in Leesburg, Camp County, Texas.
The funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at 2 p.m. at the Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, Texas. The burial takes place in Evergreen Cemetery.
She graduated from Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women’s University) in Denton, Texas. After three years of teaching in Texas public schools (Olney, East Mountain, and Leesburg), she earned a master’s degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. She then worked as a pastor’s assistant at the First Baptist Church in Bonham, Texas, where she met William Lyle Dorries. They were married on December 21, 1947.
They moved to College Station, Texas, in 1950, where her husband Bill received his Masters and Ph.D. Graduated from Texas A&M University. Auburn University was Bill’s first teaching position and after a year he accepted a position at his alma mater at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M, Commerce), where he served on the faculty for 30 years. Virginia raised her two children there and served part-time as the pastor’s assistant. Both Virginia and Bill were longtime Sunday School teachers at the First Baptist Church in Commerce. They spent their final years of retirement in Florida.
Her husband, parents, a brother William Julian, grandson Andrew Dorries, and nephew Charles Julian precede death.
Survivors are son David Dorries (and Maryalice), daughter Martha (and Clark) Whitten, sister Edith King, sister-in-law Helen Julian, grandsons Paul, Davis and John Dorries, granddaughters Wendy (and Joey) Chase, Abby (and Heath)) Ritenour and the great-grandchildren Clark and Luke Chase and John and Shelby Ritenour. Nieces Julianne (and John) Hodges and Cindy Julian. The nephews Jim Bob (and Paula) King, Keith (and Gwen) Julian and Paul (and Cindy) Julian.
Published on February 1, 2021