The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


December 5, 2012

Dorothy Mann

— Dorothy Dorning Mann, 86, of Huntsville died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, following a lengthy illness. Born in Harvest on July 18, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of Madison County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Dee Dorning; nine siblings; and her husband, William Benton “Bill” Mann Jr.

Mrs. Mann was a Baptist, a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years, and a member of First Baptist Church for the past few years.

After high school graduation in 1944, she served her country during World War II as a chauffeur in a group of female chauffeurs at Redstone Arsenal. She drove everything from troop transport buses with double clutches to limousines transporting general officers. After marriage and children, she resumed her career, serving as a contract negotiator at P & P Directorate, Army Missile Command for 30 years.

Following her retirement in 1981, she traveled extensively, played bridge, was a volunteer van driver for Madison County, and served as a trustee at Tuck Family Cemetery in Harvest. As her granddaughter Elizabeth put it, “She loved fine cars, story tellers, Alabama football, yard work, her favorite music, road trips on narrow country roads, crossword puzzles, bacon and sliced tomato sandwiches, the color red, and her family, not necessarily in that order.”

She will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and wit.

Mrs. Mann is survived by her daughters, Benita Hines and husband Leonard of Hampton Cove, Pat Berryhill and husband David of Atlanta; granddaughters, Elizabeth Springfield and husband Kurt of Huntsville, and Anna Kinley and husband Jameson of Melbourne, Fla.; great-granddaughters, Caroline and Ellie; and great-grandson, Nathan. 

She is also survived by a brother, Richard Dorning of Hohenwald, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends who mourn her passing.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church chapel. The funeral service will immediately follow with Dr. David Hull and the Rev. Steve Dorning officiating. Burial will be at Tuck Cemetery in Harvest.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Huntsville, or Tuck Family Cemetery, Harvest. (

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