Hoyt Buchannan Doak Jr.: A true southern gentleman and lover

Hoyt Buchannan Doak Jr.: A true southern gentleman and lover

Hoyt Buchannan Doak Jr., 92, of Franklin died July 29. 

Hoyt Buchannan Doak Jr., 92, of Franklin died July 29.

Doak was born in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania, on March 13, 1922, to Hoyt B. Doak and Emma Lee Grimes Doak. He was married for 37 years to Jean Burrow Doak, who preceded him in death in 1986.

He loved the game of golf, Middle Tennessee, ice cream, licorice, the Titans, dairy cattle, his family and his church. He had a smile for everyone and never an ill word about anyone. A true southern gentleman who treated all people with respect, Doak expected the same from his family.

Doak served as chairman of the Franklin School Board during the early 1960s, and skillfully mediated the opposing interests of those challenging times, promoting harmony and helping to lay a foundation for progress in local race relations. He was a member of the board of directors of Harpeth National Bank and First Tennessee Bank, Franklin. He was also a deacon of Royal Heights Church of Christ, and later a member of Brentwood Church of Christ.

Doak served in the Naval Air Corps in World War II, as a rear gunner on the TBM Avenger. He loved to share his vivid memories of his combat years, and took humble pride in being a member of the Greatest Generation.

Also preceding Doak in death were his brother John H. Doak and his sister Dorothy D. Hahn. He is survived by his sons Hoyt B. Doak III and wife Lucy Bratton Doak, and Kevin Burrow Doak. Also surviving Doak are his four grandchildren, Hoyt B. Doak IV and wife Josie Daniels Doak, John Bratton Doak, Evelyn Jean Lawrence Doak, and Kevin B. Doak, Jr., and his great-grandson, Hoyt B. Doak (Bo). He is also survived by his brother William Lee Doak.

Memorials may be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital, Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, or to the charity of ones choice.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave. in Franklin. David Thomley is officiating with interment by Williamson Memorial Gardens. Family & Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday and one hour prior to the service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services. To reach them, call 615-794-2289 or visit www.williamsonmemorial.com.

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