BENTON — Rev. Frederick Evan Doty, 82, of Benton, passed away at 7:51 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at his residence.
Bro. Doty was a retired United Methodist minister and a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He served in the 2nd Armored Division in Germany and the 325th Infantry Division of the 82nd Airborne. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benton and attended Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. He worked for Caterpillar in Aurora, Ill., and B.F. Goodrich in Calvert City. He was also a franchise owner of two Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in Benton and Calvert City. After taking an early retirement, Fred and his wife Doris answered the call from God. They were called to oversee the rebuilding of a Baptist church in Millen, Ga. They next did missionary work in Kerrville, Texas. Fred then accepted an appointment to pastor Methodist churches in Southeast Georgia and West Tennessee. Fred and his wife Doris were happily married for 60 years.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Fowler Doty of Benton; two daughters, Barbara Morgan and her husband Tracy of Benton and Maria Seidel and her husband Allen of Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Frederick Wayne Doty of Calvert City; one brother, Paul Doty of Knoxville, Tenn.; his grandchildren, Trey Seidel, Amanda Seidel, Adam Seidel, Julie Seidel, Kristen Seidel, Tommy Babakitis, Meagan Doty, Josh and Lizzie Darnall, Robin and Jason Stevenson, and Jesse Darnall; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Doty and Stewart “Jack” Doty; and four sisters, Louise Carle, Margaret Phillips, Patricia Suiter, and Geraldine Doty. His parents were Frederick Lewis Doty and Nelle Mae Evans Doty.
Funeral services will be at noon Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home & Crematory. Rev. Jim Calhoun and Rev. Ben Boone will officiate.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home & Crematory. Following the services his body will be donated to University of Louisville Medical School.