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William Arnold Doran
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Obituary for William Arnold Doran

October 23, 1929 - September 1, 2018

William Arnold Doran, 88, of Owens Cross Roads, passed away Saturday.

William Arnold Doran was born in Madison County, Alabama, on October 23 of 1929. Arnold joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in the Korean War where he sustained a life-threatening injury to his abdomen. Having survived, he was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned home from Fort Benning, GA, where he met and married Edith Ann Stewart and went on to father four children.
Life for the Doran family entailed owning and operating 3 grocery stores. Arnold built and operated The Clover Farm, the first supermarket in the New Hope/Owens Cross Roads area. His passion was Bible study which took place every day in the office at his store. His family remembers in depth conversations with patrons about scripture and his life-changing conversion and commitment to Jesus, his Lord and Savior.
Music was also a passion in Arnold’s family. He played an acoustic Gibson and played with friends locally. He enjoyed Sunday afternoons when his daughter Florenda accompanied his guitar with her piano playing. He was a songwriter and loved singing while his wife Ann harmonized with him during rides in the car.
W.A. Doran’s Grocery was built right next to Arnold’s house where his family history went back well over a hundred years. During spare time at the store, Arnold honed his checkers playing skills with anyone who dared to sit down across the table from him. Through the generations, his peers, children, and grandchildren wore out the old checkerboard and had to replace missing checkers with cola bottletops. His old eyes wore out, but he amazingly never lost his ability to annihilate his unwary opponent, young or old.
He retired from the grocery business in 1980, remodeled his home, and focused on his family and hobbies. His favorite things to do included being outdoors, driving the country roads, woodworking, painting, music, reading his worn out Bible, fishing, gardening, enjoying his grandchildren and spoiling his array of feline babies.
He was preceded in death by father, Will Doran, mother, Mae Lizzie Byrd, and wife, Edith Ann Stewart Doran, brothers, Cecil Doran and Kenneth Byrd and sisters, Mildred Summers, Inez Glover, Eunice Taymon and Edna Wooten.

Surviving are son, Billy Doran, son, Arnold Doran, daughter, Florenda (Bobby) Ikard, son, Vincent (Karen) Doran, grandsons, Shawn Ikard, Shane (Abby) Doran, Keegan Doran, Ryan Doran, and Brandon Doran, granddaughters, Bobbie (Brett) Lewis, Billie Doran, Stephanie Ikard, Kelly Nelson, Brittney Hodges, Alex Doran and Leah Doran, twelve great-grandchildren, sister, Doris Worth, brother, Nolan Byrd and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Wednesday at 2:00 PM with Bro. Rick Honea officiating.

Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
New Hope Funeral Home

2500 Oak Grove Road
New Hope, AL 35760

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2:00 PM
New Hope Funeral Home Chapel

2500 Oak Grove Rd.
New Hope, AL 35760





3:00 PM
Hayden Cemetery

177 Hayden Cemetery Rd.
New Hope, AL 35760


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