Dr. James E. Dorsey

by | July 12, 2017 2:18 pm

   Dr. James E. Dorsey died on April 22, 2017, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center following an extended illness.

   A lineal descendent of the Mossy Creek potters of White County, Dr. James E. Dorsey was a devoted father, educator, librarian, and historian. He authored or edited more than 20 books on Georgia history, including a 2-volume history of Emanuel County (Footprints along the Hoopee), as well as numerous articles in library publications. Dorsey was the first librarian at Emanuel County Junior College (now East Georgia State College) and a member of the history faculty. He was active at Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, a member of the Swainsboro Exchange Club, and a founding member of the Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society.

   He was predeceased by his parents, Ray and Goldie Dorsey.

   A 1963 graduate of Gainesville High School, he earned bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia (1967, 1969, and 1986). He also earned an M.L.S. From Emory University in 1972. He served as president of the Georgia Library Association from 1987 to 1989, and was Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Georgia.

   Survivors include his daughter, Kim (Jim) Gray; son, David (Shannon) Dorsey; ex-wife, Marilyn Dorsey; and six grandchildren, Sawyer Gray, Stella Gray, and Brooks Dorsey, Georgia Dorsey, Baron Dorsey, and Grace Dorsey.

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