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Doris Bleckley

Place of birth: Clayton, GA

Religious affiliation: Christian

Doris Wilma Bleckley, devoted family member and dear friend, died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones and prayers from afar, on September 20, 2016, at the age of 91.  Doris, the third child of Thomas Cleon and Maude James Bleckley, was a native of Clayton, Georgia.  She attended Rabun County High School where she was very active in basketball and other sports.  As an avid golfer, she twice won the title of Rabun County Women’s Golf Champion.  Miss Bleckley earned her education degree from Mercer College in Macon, and she was a teacher in every sense of the word for almost 40 years!           Doris met the Walker family of Orlando, Florida in early 1960.  They became fast friends and adopted family.  At their invitation she moved to Orlando to live and work.  She taught Physical Education and coached women’s basketball before becoming Dean of Students at Colonial High School.  Upon retirement she returned home to her beloved Clayton to be with family and friends and to serve as a substitute teacher at her high school alma mater.  She also enjoyed exploring opportunities in real estate and local civic service, being elected to serve in a position on the Clayton City Council.  Doris was a long-time member of Clayton Baptist Church and she frequently served as a Sunday school teacher there.    “D,” as she was often called, never met a stranger and was a true friend to so many, giving unselfishly of her time, resources and talents to anyone who had a want or need.  Her joy in life was in caring for and serving her many friends and family, whether it was in visiting with friends at McDonalds, talking with folks on the streets of Clayton, or making the rounds of those who were ailing in the community.  Doris was proud of her Bleckley heritage and she loved her Northeast Georgia Mountains, saying, ‘it’s the prettiest place on earth!’ Hers was a beautiful example of a life, faithfully lived!

Funeral Notice Detail

Doris was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Frances and Tom.  She is survived by her first cousin, Dr. Jim Bleckley, of Anderson, SC; her brother’s children and their families, Thomas Cole Bleckley and his wife Ginny and children Allison and Mark, of Greenwood, SC; Paul William Bleckley and his wife Linda, and sons Andrew and David of Inman, SC; and Debbie Bleckley Dickey and her husband Jerry Dickey, of St. Augustine, Florida; as well as the children of her adopted Florida family, Becky Walker Henry and her husband, Kevin, and daughters Katelin and Aubrey, of Maitland, Florida; Robert Coleman Walker and his children Rob, Michele and Logan of Orlando, Florida; Margaret A. “Pegi” Walker of San Francisco, California; and Kathe Walker Gowland and her husband, Michael, and children, Sarah, Stephen and Sam, of Lilburn, Georgia.   A memorial service of celebration for her life will be held at Clayton Baptist Church on Friday, September 30th, at 2:00 p.m., with visitation at 1:00 p.m.   Arrangements are by Lloyd Hunter Funeral Home in Clayton, with internment to be in the Clayton Cemetery, adjacent to Clayton Baptist Church.  In lieu of flowers, it was Doris’s wish to have donations made to the Doris W and Frances M Bleckley Endowed Scholarship Fund at Mercer University, Doris’s alma mater.  Donations can be sent to the Mercer University Advancement Office, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, GA 31207.

A Memorial Service will be held at

Clayton Baptist Church

87 S. Church Street

Clayton , GA 30525

On: Sep 30, 2016 — At: 2:00 PM

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