Robert Merrill “Bob” Dorr | Obituary

KINGSPORT – Robert Merrill “Bob” Dorr, 94, of Kingsport, Tennessee, died Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Asbury Rehab. Born June 23, 1927, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, to Harold Phillips and Lillian Crane Dorr, Bob attended Mount Hermon School in Mt. Hermon Massachusetts and the Franklin Technical Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Robert was a naval aviator in the United States Navy during World War II. He worked for RCA Services Company in Chattanooga, Tennessee before retiring as a computer engineer from IBM in 1991.

Bob was past president of the Optimist Club of Greeneville, TN, member of the Delta Epsilon Pi Kappa Alpha, Boy Scouts of America, and board member (treasurer) of the Friends of the Kingsport Library. Robert was a member of First Broad St. United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school. He was also a member and class leader of philosophy, church band ministry, carpenter’s helpers (furniture ministry), and church and society member.

The family would like to express special gratitude for all of the loving care from Asbury Rehab and the residents of Baysmont.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold Phillips and Lillian Crane Dorr; and his sons, Robert Reed and Todd Merrill Dorr.

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Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dot Dorr; son, Mark Dorr and wife Cathi of Moline, Illinois; daughter, Lisa Whitlock of Athens, TN; grandchildren, Robbie and Daniel Dorr and Laura and Emily Whitlock; niece, Wynne Empson; and his nephew, Jeff Bell.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on June 4, 2022 at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with Dr Randy Frye and Reverend Bruce Galyon officiating. Visits will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to be made at First Broad Street United Methodist Church Furniture Ministry, 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660, Shriners Hospital, [email protected], Camp Bays Mountain, 1435 S’mores Trail, Kingsport, TN 37660 and Boy Scouts of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, and Friends of the Library, 400 Broad Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

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