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Elsey James Dockett, 94, Fort Washington

Elsey James Dockett, 94, of Fort Washington died Feb. 14, 2013.

He was born June 6, 1918, in Pomonkey. He was the oldest of six siblings.

He received his early childhood education in the Charles County public schools and graduated from Pomonkey High School. After graduating from high school, he began his career with the federal government at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1948 and retired in 1973. A kindhearted spirit for others led him to pursue his own taxi business for more than 40 years, and he also was a dedicated limousine driver for Duckett Limousine Service for many years. He resided in Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years and knew the city inside and out. He earned the love and respect of co-workers, family and friends through his integrity, loyalty and genuine concern for others. He professed Jesus Christ as his lord and savior at an early age. He faithfully served with the United Methodist Men and the Choraleers at Metropolitan United Methodist Church for many years.

Many years later, he married Mary Geneva Chapman. This relationship flourished for 53 years. He had a special way of touching others.

He loved to sing and dance.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Eliza and Edward Sims; sister, Louise Atlee; brothers, Bobby, Raymond and Joe; daughter, Thelma Carter; and twin sons, Purnell and Cornell Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Geneva; children, Walter and his wife Denise, James and his wife Barbara and Sandra and her husband David; sister, Claudine Sims; son-in-law, Louis Carter Jr.; daughter-in-law, Geneva Johnson; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; co-workers, Mazie Dovens and Gayle Magellan; neighbor for more than 30 years, Rose Ramsey; and many other relatives.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head. Burial will take place at the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Thornton Funeral Home, Pomonkey.