Mt. Vernon Register-News

October 10, 2012

Glenn Dockins


MT. VERNON — — Glenn Dockins, 86, of Flora, passed away at 12:25 a.m., Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Flora Gardens Care Center in Flora.

Glenn was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Scopus, Mo., to Glen Dockins, Sr. and Stella Teeters. Stationed in the South Pacific, Glenn proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. After returning home, he graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Glenn continued his education with a Master’s degree in Library Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., then pursued his doctorate at Peabody University in Lincoln, Neb.  

Glenn married Cleta Mae Rolf in 1957, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. They moved to Flora in 1969, where he founded the Cumberland Trail Library System (CTLS) which served 12 counties. He retired in 1989. Glenn was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school. He was a Mason, a Rotarian and a member of the Flora Elks Lodge 1659.  

Glenn loved spending time with his family and tinkering on his cars. Glenn is survived by three daughters, Maria Dockins Bayler Strange and husband, Mark, of Flora, Tammy L. Hotze of Lakeland, Fla. and Rebekah K. Piercy of Flora; brother, William P. Dockins and wife, Marcie, of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; sister, Mary Ann Burgess and husband, Jerry, of Jackson, Mo.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.  

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cleta; and his beloved sister, Wanda Clark.

Friends may call at 11 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday. Services will be immediately following at 2 p.m., Thursday at Byrd & Kohn Funeral Home in Flora. Interment with military rites will immediately follow at Elwood Cemetery in Flora. Expressions of sympathy should take the form of donations to the Flora Gardens Care Center Resident Activity Fund and may be received at the funeral home. On-line condolences may be received at