Tony Lee Dorris

Born on February 23, 1963

Departed on October 2, 2020

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Tony Lee Dorris, age 57 of Greenbrier, Tennessee, passed away October 2, 2020. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Eliza Dorris, and James Parker. Survived by his grandmother, Lona Belle Parker; parents, Billy Wayne and Linda Dorris; children, Alaina Dorris, Cody Dorris, Brady Dorris, and Logan Dorris, and their mother, Mitzi Dorris; grandson, Charles Large; sister, Annette Dorris; brother, Michael (Kim) Dorris, and several extended family members. Tony was a graduate of Goodlettsville High School, Class of 1981. He was a long time member of Connell Memorial United Methodist Church, and a member of the Joyful Noise Sunday School class. He recently retired from Goodlettsville Middle School after over 30 years of service, where he coached almost every sport. He was the assistant coach at Greenbrier Middle School, alongside his son Brady. Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, Goodlettsville, TN Tuesday October 6 from 2-8 pm. Celebration of Life will be at 2pm on Wednesday October 7 at Connell United Methodist Church with visitation from 12 Noon until service time. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Connell Memorial United Methodist Church, 113 Church St., Goodlettsville, TN 37072.

41 Comments to Tony Lee Dorris

  1. Tai Berry
    October 3, 2020 7:13 pm

    Coach Dorris, my heart breaks for your family and friends. I am so glad that I got to know you and your loving, kind heart.

    Heaven had gained a beautiful soul.

    Love you best friend

  2. Keshon Swan
    October 3, 2020 7:17 pm

    When I came to Goodlettsville Middle, you became my 2nd dad. I will miss you.

  3. Marla Littlejohn
    October 3, 2020 7:39 pm

    Tony Dorris, I know Jesus is shaking your hand and saying, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” You were one of the best people I’ve ever kown in my life. I will miss you tremendously. 

  4. Jp
    October 3, 2020 8:18 pm

    Teachers and coaches have a special place in Heaven.

  5. Teresa Bess
    October 3, 2020 8:32 pm

    Tony always kept us smiling when I worked at Goodlettsville Middle . He was a great teacher, coach, and friend to many. I know we will see each other in heaven … I send love and prayers to the family … everyone loved Coach Dorris❤️

  6. Greg Craig
    October 3, 2020 10:18 pm

    For the family of Tony we were always friends haven’t seen him for years. He was a stand up great person. He will be missed by all. Way too young. Take comfort in knowing he is waiting for you on the other side.

  7. Kathy Carter
    October 3, 2020 10:26 pm

    I will always think of Tony’s big smile and his service to people. He was well loved and is missed.

  8. Jenny Deckard
    October 3, 2020 10:36 pm

    Coach Dorris- thank you for your all the memories all the way back to Litton Middle School. You always had such kind words and had a way of guiding the troubled ones. Heaven has a special place for teacher and coaches. Condolences to your family.

  9. Janet Cook
    October 3, 2020 10:46 pm

    Tony was such a faithful servant and so genuine! Always caring for others and a 10” smile that was contagious. He will be greatly missed!

    Lifting the family up in prayers!!!

  10. Terri Tawater
    October 4, 2020 12:12 am

    Tony was a great guy!

  11. Lisa Felts Lynch
    October 4, 2020 12:27 am

    My heart goes out to Annette, Michael, Billy, Linda Momma B and the rest of the family. The Dorris’ have always been a second family to me. In my heart, I had two brothers named Tony. They are together now making everyone laugh and sharing many memories. Prayers and love to you all.

  12. Tiffany Fitzgerald
    October 4, 2020 1:35 am

    Tony was my 7th grade math teacher at Litton Middle School and umpired many of my softball games tbroughout the years and has now coached my son DJ for two years at Greenbrier Middle. Such shocking news and very heart breaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Dorris family. My God heal your pain and be with you through the upcoming holidays! Sending 🙏🙏🙏 & lots og warming hugs

  13. Amanda Green
    October 4, 2020 8:09 am

    So heartbroken about Tony’s passing – he was a truly a beautiful person inside and out. High school years were some of the most memorable of my life at Goodlettsville High School the class of 1981.

    RIP Tony, I know you’re in heaven and one of God’s newest angels. Prayers for your family for comfort and healing during these difficult days.

  14. Dicky Reynolds
    October 4, 2020 8:43 am

    This breaks my heart! Tony was always so friendly and kind!!
    Praying for his family during this time!!

  15. Alan and Susan Joyce
    October 4, 2020 9:51 am

    We were so sad to hear of the passing of Tony. While we were at Connell I will always remember how nice he was and how he greeted people entering the church. His smile made you feel like you were right where you belonged.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents and family and his precious children and grandchild. Rest well Tony, You have finished your race in a most excellent way. Hopefully someday we will all see you again and maybe even have a Joyful Noise class❤️ May God hold your family and friends close during this very difficult time. Alan and I thought the world of you. Rest In Peace✝️

  16. Nicole Burgess
    October 4, 2020 10:27 am

    To my friend since childhood. Tony was a faithful friend to me and so many others. He was a tremendous son and brother who had a wealth of talent for sports as well as always making others feel welcomed. He was a beloved person to so many. Tony lived his life as a positive example and was a tremendous dad for his children. I am thankful for all of the memories and what you meant through your leadership in the classroom and athletic field for so many young people as you lived your life pleasing to GOD. Your heart was always caring and compassionate.
    You will truly be missed. You helped make the world a better place. My prayers are with all of the family and especially to Mr. Bill, Mrs. Linda, Annette, and Michael during this tremendously difficult time. You were truly…one of the good ones.

  17. Darren & Kimmi Davenport
    October 4, 2020 2:08 pm

    Tony, such a bright spirit…infectious personality, and willingness to help others…we celebrate your influence on all of us.

    Kimmi said it best, you automatically liked Tony when you met, him…

    So many good memories…GHS, roomie at APSU, sports, the games you’d create, the Mustang, listening to your favorite songs from the “Boss”, road trips and just the great conversations…

    Ammo, till next time…

  18. Jinjer L Richardson
    October 4, 2020 4:58 pm

    Tony was a great guy and a good friend. I am lucky that I had a chance to know him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. God is getting one great guy in Heaven. We will see you again one day in Heaven.

  19. Judy Morris Corbin
    October 4, 2020 7:03 pm

    To Linda:
    I am so sorry to learn of the death of your son .
    Children are not supposed to die before their parents.
    I was Judy Morris a 1962 graduate of Goodlettsville High

  20. rose zayas
    October 4, 2020 7:37 pm

    doris, I’m going to miss you, just two years of meeting you. my grandchildren and I love you very much. strength for your family..ROSE

  21. Toby Resha
    October 4, 2020 9:03 pm

    When Tony taught at Litton Middle School he got me to come over and coach the wrestling team, then 15 years later he was teaching at Goodlettsville Middle School he got me to go to Goodlettsville Middle to coach their wrestling team. I’m saying all this because that is how Tony made you feel, Special and Needed.
    You will be missed TD!
    Praying for the entire Dorris Family.

  22. Ashley Mays
    October 4, 2020 9:59 pm

    Coach Dorris, you will be missed. Thank you for always bringing smiles to the classroom. You changed many lives & will never be forgotten!

  23. Hartmut Junghahn
    October 5, 2020 9:57 am

    I, like so many, will miss my dear friend Tony — “Tonualdo” as I used to call him in college, and still often today.
    Tony and I met as youngsters at Austin Peay and shared a passion for sports, primarily tennis at the time. This friendship developed way beyond tennis and bonded us for life. We loved our intense training sessions and the many hours spent traveling, to then compete fiercely against many other University teams, on occasions far from Clarksville. Tony was always fun to be around, humorous, with a wicket smile when he was up to something, mostly pranking our teammates. We had much fun together!

    When I reminiscent about Tony I can not but always remember his beautiful family. The Dorris, all of them, all generations, were my family in the US as a young foreign student. I will never forget the warm southern hospitality I got extended by his siblings, parents and grandparents, every time we visited and stayed at their lovely place in Goodlettsville. It was like home for me and am forever grateful for those memories. Naturally Tony was the driver for these meaningful encounters to happen. Thank you my friend, and thanks to all the Dorris clan for hosting us with such openness, love and generosity.

    I was very honored to be cordially invited by Tony to be part of his esteemed and selective groomsmen party for his wedding. Came from far away, as living in Argentina at the time. We had an emotional celebration encounter, a few years after our college life together. Great memories to cherish forever…

    While in college, and only after tennis season, Tony introduced me to Golf. He was quite accurate at it, despite his -admirable- relaxed approach at sports. Fortunately we then got together at my place in Florida, some 10 years ago, to spend a weekend playing Golf, walking on the beach, talking about life, extending that forever bond.

    It is a sad and a painful irony that someone with Tony’s determination and dedication to helping others, departs at such an early stage. However, I wish and pray that his beautiful and meaningful family, all of you, surrounded by your loved ones, will indeed find the strength and courage to move-forward, honoring Tony’s life and everything he touched and so well influenced.
    Annette and family, you know the ’80-84 (and beyond) Austin Peay Tennis fraternity is scattered around the country, and indeed the world, all open for support and friendship.

    I will continue admiring Tony’s life…forever!
    With deepest sympathy and friendship, always. My dear friend Tony, rest in peace!


  24. Carlos Claverie
    October 5, 2020 3:14 pm

    My condolences to Annette and the entire family. I am saddened to hear about the passing of Tony. We were teammates at Austin Peay. I remember him as a very kind, happy person always with a smile. I got in touch with him not long ago after many years and this news had really sadness me. He is now with God and pray for his family, relatives and close friends to give them faith and strength through this hard times. May he Rest In Peace! 🙏🏻

  25. Nancy Startup
    October 5, 2020 6:58 pm

    I had the pleasure of knowing Tony through coaching. Tony and I never coached together.
    We were always competitors. We always had some very intense, close girls basketball games when he coached at Goodlettsville and I coached at Ewing Park.
    One year when I had the team to beat, our teams met in the Eastern Division Tournament at Joelton Middle. To this day, I think that Tony put Saran wrap over the baskets where my team shot each half. We couldn’t buy a basket that game and we ended up losing.
    Tony was such a sweet, nice, humble and funny guy whether it was in victory or defeat.
    He was truly a pleasure to coach against and to know.
    I’ll be praying for his family, his friends and all of his former students and athletes in the days to come. He touched so many lives including mine.
    Nancy Startup

  26. Keyona Moxey
    October 5, 2020 7:46 pm

    Mr. Dorris, you were my 7th grade math teacher at GMS. Very stern (one look at that paddle on your wall would put us in check) , but also very kind and patient. Math was not my best subject, but you continued to work with me until I got it. Years later I saw you while picking my younger sister up from school and you remembered me. It was also super cool seeing you at MNPS trainings and letting you know that I was now a teacher and thanking you for all you’d done for me. Prayers to your family. You will be missed.

  27. Oliver Neumeister
    October 5, 2020 11:08 pm

    My condolences to you Family, loved ones and Frinds & Amigos.

    Tony, our tennis body in Austin Peay.
    Years have going by.
    Tony’s allways cheerful way of life, remembered always while his favored Mustang drives by. Has always and will spark a joyful memory in my mind.

    My Dear Tony, please rest in peace. We all will join you and will rember our Tennis Adventure in Heaven, when times come.

    Tony, que en paz descanses.
    Fuerte Abrazo,

  28. Dawn Dillard
    October 6, 2020 1:10 am

    There are no words to describe how special Tony was/is. Most of my happiest high school memories include Tony. He was the kindest, most fun, and easy going guy with the biggest heart. We might go months without talking, but we never lost touch over the years, and for that I’m very grateful. Tony is not only MY forever friend, but he is that to many others, as well. I’m thankful for the promise of Heaven when I know we will see him again. Tony loved and took great delight in his family. He also loved his students and the people he worked with. My prayers are with all of you. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Doris for sharing Tony with all of us❤️

  29. Skylar smith
    October 6, 2020 6:38 pm

    You will be missed. When I was in middle school you had always made sure that I felt welcome and had my back.

  30. Ruth Wolfe Wright
    October 6, 2020 9:46 pm

    We are so sad to hear Tony has expired. He was a wonderful person and will be missed by many people. Linda, Billy and Family let the sweet good memories give you some comfort at this time. God is Good and with us all the time. May the Lord bless each of you and give you much strength and courage in the days to come. Much Love and Prayers, Ruth, Glenda, Joann, Jay and Tracy Wright.

  31. Jon Briggs
    October 7, 2020 10:13 am

    Wayne , Linda and family ,

    Much respect and sympathy to all . You will remain in
    my prayers.

    Jon Briggs
    Ridgetop, TN

  32. Jon Briggs
    October 7, 2020 10:17 am

    Wayne, Linda and family ,

    Much respect and sympathy for you all. You
    are in my prayers my friends.

    Jon Briggs

  33. Mark Fessenden
    October 7, 2020 1:00 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  34. Joe Allen
    October 7, 2020 1:26 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you prayfully.
    Joe and Bettye Allen

  35. Lisa Fisher
    October 7, 2020 2:29 pm

    Praying for all, in the days to come … You’re healthy and whole, in his kingdom … RIP, Tony

  36. Harriet A McReynolds
    October 7, 2020 2:42 pm

    To the Doris Family, I am so sorry for your loss, I wish I could wave a magic wand and change it all. Please forgive me for not coming to the funeral home. I am afraid with all the covid etc. I love you all and have been there with my is no fun. I am sending you all hugs and kisses.

  37. Tammy Masters
    October 7, 2020 8:36 pm

    You were my go to guy, I will miss you greatly!
    I love you Tony Dorris, Rest Well my sweet friend!

  38. Alice and Butch Frost
    October 8, 2020 10:31 am

    Stunned and sorrowed by your loss. I cannot imagine. He is a very good man. Just like his parents!

  39. Lucy Karen Clay
    October 10, 2020 3:41 am

    To…Tony’s parents, children, siblings, Mitzi and extended family: My sincere condolences. What an absolute gift Tony has always been -to everyone. One in a million – the most kind heart, gentle, easy going spirit and a smile which will never be forgotten. The Celebration of Life service was absolutely beautiful, fitting and uplifting. Praying each of you experience God’s comforting presence more and more each passing day, knowing the veil is thin between here and where he now is. Refreshing to have known someone so good.

  40. Oglesby-Williams (GHS 1973-1986)
    October 17, 2020 1:02 pm

    Dear Dorris Family,
    You matter to the Lord, and He cares about what you’re going through.
    I care too, and I am praying for each of you.

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