James Edward Doty, 86, of Northumberland, went home to be with his Lord at Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, on Jan. 20, 2018.
He was born Oct. 21, 1931, in Bloomsburg, a son of the late George and Kate Doty. He married Beverly L. Naugle, his perfect soul mate, on Jan. 8, 1954, who preceded him on Feb. 18, 2016.
James graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1949 and later Bloomsburg State College, eventually earning a masters degree. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955 stationed in El Paso, Texas. He was a radio DJ in Bloomsburg and WKOK.
He was a science teacher and principal in the Shikellamy School District; coaching tennis and basketball until a stroke in 1993 ended his career but not his life and faith.
He was active in his church, serving as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Sunbury and Amazing Grace Community Church in Northumberland. He served with the Gideons.
James loved singing, and he played UNO weekly with his teacher friends. He watched and rooted for his family's favorite sports teams. At RiverWoods he was the Hot Dog King, and he made everyone laugh around him with a hearty, "Oh boy! Gee Whiz!"
He is survived by one son, Daniel P. Doty, of Delaware; one grandson, Andrew M. and his wife Brittany Wagner, of Warrenton, Va.; two granddaughters, Amanda B. (Wagner) and her husband Kyle Bryan, of Lewisburg, and Kelsey Doty,of Delaware; great-grandson, Evan M. Bryan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Laurie D Wagner in 2005; and siblings, Sally Nietz and George Doty.
Friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Amazing Grace Community Church, 138 Leed St., Northumberland, followed by the funeral at 11, with his pastor, Darrin Hunt officiating.
Interment will follow at Shreiner's Church Cemetery, Shamokin Dam.
Memorial contributions may be made to his church.
Arrangements are by the David T. Zweier Funeral Home Inc., 157 Chestnut St., Sunbury.
Condolences may be made at davidzweierfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 21, 2018