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Dorothy Brock

October 21, 1920 — April 4, 2011

Dorothy Nell Brock, 90, of Terrell, Texas, passed away on April 4, 2011 at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville with her son at her side. She was born October 21, 1920, in Hughes Springs, Texas, the daughter of Fred and Virginia Norwood. Dot,as she was known by her friends and family, was the great granddaughter of Howell Reese Hughes, the founder of Hughes Springs. Dot enrolled in Hughes Springs schools at the age of four, as she lived across the street from the elementary school and was driving her mother crazy wanting to go to school. She graduated at the age of sixteen, and then she enrolled at East Texas State Teachers College, majoring in music. There she met Charlie Brock from Cooper, Texas, and they were married in January 11, 1939, in Hugo, Oklahoma. They lived briefly in Cooper where Charlie served as city secretary, and Dot worked in her father-in-laws dry goods store, Brocks Inc. Charlie applied and was accepted into the state trooper academy in Austin, Texas. Upon graduation, he was stationed in Columbus, Texas, for short a time and then transferred to Brenham, Texas, where he remained for eight years. During this time Dot worked for the Washington County Livestock Commission and played the piano for a dancing school in Brenham. Dot and Charlie moved to Terrell in the winter of 1953 to be closer to Charlies mother in Cooper. While in Terrell, Dot worked for the Van Zandt County Livestock Commission in Wills Point, Texas, for a short time before going to work for Kelpens Ice Cream Company working her way to office manager. She continued in this position after Kelpens was purchased by Schepps Dairies. She remained with Schepps until she retired in 1975 and became Charlies full-time caregiver until his death in 2007. She moved to Colonial Retirement and Assisted Living Lodge in Greenville in June of 2009 to be close to her son and daughter-in-law. Dot was of the Christian faith and was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Terrell where she served as pianist for the Advance Sunday School Class for over forty years. Dot never met a stranger and endeared herself to all she met, especially her caregivers at Colonial Lodge, Hunt Regional Medical Center and Briarcliff Health Center. She loved people and enjoyed being around her friends and family. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Pat Brock of Greenville; three grandsons, John Brock and wife Trudy of Jenks, Oklahoma, Lance Brock and Mariela of Seabrook, Texas, and Steven Brock of Greenville, Texas; two granddaughters, Marie Kelley and husband Darren of Friendswood, Texas and Wendy Kelley and husband Dayne of League City, Texas; six great grandchildren, Mandy, Conner and Becca Kelley of League City, Texas, Ben and Beth Brock of Jenks, Oklahoma, Seth Brock and wife Nikole of Cambridge, Massachusettes; one great great granddaughter, Arriana Grace Brock of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and numerous nieces and nephews. Dot was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, husband, a daughter, Brenda Sue Brock of Terrell, a sister and brother-in-law Charline and Finis Lineberger of Hughes Springs. Her graveside service will be Saturday, April 16, at 2:00 pm in Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell with Rev. David Rucker and Rev. Ann Barton officiating. All arrangements were made through Goggans Funeral Home.
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