Leon Dorsey, passed peacefully into the waiting arms of his beloved Wilda on June 8, 2019 at Nacogdoches Medical Center, just shy of his 87th birthday. The eldest of six children, Charlie Leon Dorsey, Jr. was born June 12, 1932 in Hearne, TX to Charlie Leon Dorsey, Sr. and Julia Rhea Guynes. He was preceded in death by his parents of Hearne, TX; wife Wilda Dorsey of Nacogdoches, TX; brother Kenneth Dorsey of Kearney, NB; brother-in-law Lee Soileau of Lumberton, TX and sisters Evelyn Sheffield of Lumberton, TX and Julia Reid of Houston, TX. Leon is survived by his daughters Melanie Lockhart (Steve Schott) of Albuquerque, NM; Amy Vohs (Darrell) of Plano, TX and Leah Dorsey of Nacogdoches, TX; grandsons Jacob Vohs (Debbie) of Plano, TX and Joshua Vohs of Dallas, TX; great granddaughters Isabel and Violet Vohs of Plano, TX; brother Cecil Dorsey (Linda) of Pearland, TX; sister Nita Soileau of Lumberton, TX; brother-in-law Howard Sheffield of Lumberton, TX; sister-in-law Marsha Dorsey of Kearney, NB and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.
A proud native Texan, Leon spent many years roaming the state's vast and varied regions before settling in Nacogdoches. His warm wit and keen sense of humor were never lost on an audience, as he delighted in recounting stories of his life's adventure with Wilda Priddy, high school sweetheart and wife of 62 years, their fortunate addition of three darling daughters and subsequent moves throughout the state. A proud father, grandfather and adoring great grandfather, Leon excelled as a devoted husband and caregiver, loyal friend, trusted businessman and quiet pillar of strength and character within his family and community.