NORTHPORT | Doris Summerville Henry, AGE 77, OF Northport, died February 13, 2015, at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North with Dr. Gil McKee officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Gardens with Magnolia Chapel North directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam H. Sr. and Mary Gertrude Hamner Summerville Gray; sisters, Marilee Summerville and Sarah Nichols; and brother, Sam H. Summerville Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald A. Henry; daughters, Dorrisa Lynne Henry DeFrance and Deborah Anne Parr (David); son, Ronald A. Henry II.; grandchildren, Jennifer Hayes (Robert), Christy DeFrance, Emily DeFrance, Susan DeFrance, Michael Anders, Meredith Parr, and David Henry (Jade); and great-grandchildren, Gabe and Waylon Henry.
Doris was a woman of virtue and grace, living a life characterized by beauty and love. Her laughter was contagious and her hospitality unmatched. She had the heart of a servant and the patience of a saint. After graduating from Tuscaloosa County High School, she attended The University of Alabama earning a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Master of Arts in Education and AA-certificate. She selflessly taught numerous students through her 32-year career as an educator in Tuscaloosa County, but left a lasting impression on every person that met her. She served as Key Club advisor, was involved in ADK, and active in AEA. After retiring from teaching, she worked in the family business, the Spa Shop for numerous years.
She was a charter member of South Highlands Baptist Church and member of First Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa for the past 25 years. At FBC, she enjoyed fellowshipping with the women in her Sunday school class and participating in Triple-L. Her favorite past times included traveling, needlework, and spending time in the kitchen with her grandchildren. Doris was married to Ron, the only man she ever loved, for 55 beautiful years. Her loving commitment to her family was a glorious reflection of her devotion to Christ. ""You've given me all the things that make life happy – a home, a family, a shoulder to lean on...and most of all, your love!""
Pallbearers will be Michael Anders, David Henry, Robert Hayes, Steve Hayes, Joe White, Lanny Ellison, and Mark DeFrance.
Honorary pallbearers are Lydia Sunday School Class, George Hodgson Sunday School class and Faculty and Staff of Tuscaloosa High School.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the 721 Project at First Baptist Church (721 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401).
Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North