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Dockery Oliver Stewart

Obituary of James M. Dockery, Memphis, Tennessee.

The sudden death of Col. James Marshall Dockery was a great shock to his legion of friends in Memphis, Tenn., and the Tri-States, for he enjoyed a large acquaintance throughout this entire section. His genial disposition endeared him to all who knew him.

James M. Dockery was the son of Gen. Alfred Dockery, of Rockingham, Richmond County, N. C. He was the youngest of a large and prominent family and the last one to die. He enlisted in a company of the 32d Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers in July, 1862, served in the Virginia Army, and was in several engagements. He was captured on retreat from Gettysburg in July, 1863, and was not released from prison until July, 1865.

In 1868 he moved from North Carolina to a plantation at Cutlake, Miss. About 1873 he married Miss Terrel Oliver, the daughter of Capt. Dave Oliver, who was killed at Franklin. There were four children by this union. His second wife was Mrs. Ida Stewart, and the one son of this marriage, James Marshall Dockery, Jr., served in France as first lieutenant in the 166th Regiment Machine Guns, Rainbow Division.

Colonel Dockery was a prosperous merchant at Hernandoz, Miss., for several years. About 1889 he came to Memphis and engaged in the cotton business. Being a man of fine business capacity, he prospered until the business of the firm of Dockery & Donelson was a leading firm in the city.

He was a loyal Confederate soldier, a member of the Confederate Historical Association of Memphis. He was on the staff of the Commander in Chief of the United Confederate Veterans and always enjoyed the Reunions. His demise is a very great loss to the city and a host of admiring friends. He was a prominent member of the Central Baptist Church and one of its argest contributors. He was a director in the Union and Planters' and First National Banks. He will be greatly missed by many who were recipients of his benefactions. There was never a man more loyal to his friends the Colonel Dockery.

[Committee: R. E. Bullington, Chairman: R. P. Lake, William A. Collier.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, July, 1920.

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