Gerald Lee Doty of Lexington, N.C., and formerly of Hannibal, left this world on Aug. 26, 2018, while pursuing a favorite pastime, walking his beloved dog, Toby.

Gerald Lee Doty of Lexington, N.C., and formerly of Hannibal, left this world on Aug. 26, 2018, while pursuing a favorite pastime, walking his beloved dog, Toby.

A Mass of celebration is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal. Burial will follow the services at Grand View Burial Park.

Jerry was born April 27, 1932, to Jess and Anna Stark Doty in Benton, where he also graduated from Benton High School.

During World War II, Jerry served as a Corpsman for four years in the U.S. Navy, stationed at Portsmouth, Va.

Following honorable discharge from the Navy in 1954, Jerry enrolled in Truman State University, where he went on to earn both bachelor's and master’s degrees. On Aug. 20, 1955, he married Donna Naggi in St. Louis. Together they raised daughters, Jeri Lee Doty (Caldwell) and Jennifer Lynn Doty. Donna preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 1978. Jerry then married Margaret (Marge) on Oct. 17, 1993, in Malawi, Africa.

Jerry was a man who believed strongly in helping his fellow man/woman/child. He served as a Juvenile Justice Officer for Marion, Monroe and Ralls counties in Missouri and for the Missouri Supreme Court in the 10th Judicial Circuit for over 20 years. At the same time, he was a Professor at TSU, teaching criminal and juvenile justice. He was well known for going the extra mile to help young people who had difficult circumstances in their lives. During this time, he was very active in his community of Hannibal, where he co-founded the Sheltered Workshop with a close friend and was give the Pacesetter Award for his many civic projects. He also loved to travel with his family and friends and could give as well as receive great practical jokes among friends. Following his retirement and not one to rest on laurels, he joined the Peace Corps and served briefly in Bolivia and then for two years in Malawi, where he met Marge, the woman who would become his wife and his loving partner for 25 years. After their service in the Peace Corps, they settled in Lexington, N.C.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Marge, of Lexington, N.C., children, Jeri Lee (husband Dr. Charles Caldwell) and Jennifer Lynn, all of Columbia. His great pride (with mutual admiration) was his grandchildren, Ms. Daley Mirts (Michigan), Dr. Charles Caldwell Jr. (Chuck) and wife Maggie Kauffman (Denver, Colo.), as well as Katherine Caldwell (Columbia). He is also survived by his extended family, the many children and grandchildren of Marge.

Memorials may kindly be suggested to the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington, N.C., or Our Lady - Rosary Catholic Church in Lexington, N.C.