Charles Dorrough

Obituary of Charles Dorrough

Charles Monroe Dorrough, 90, passed away peacefully at his home in Ruleville on Sunday, May 27, 2018. Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2018, at Marlow Cemetery outside of Ruleville.

“Sonny” Dorrough was born in Ruleville on July 5, 1927, to Fisty and Lou Dorrough. He spent his boyhood years in Ruleville, Shaw, Greenville, Canton, and Yazoo City before returning to Ruleville while in the 8th grade. He lived in Ruleville for the rest of his life.

Sonny joined the Navy right out of high school in 1944, where he parlayed his Boy Scout knowledge of semaphore and Morse code into a position as a signalman. After two years in the Navy, he continued his education at Mississippi Delta Junior College, Delta State, and Ole Miss. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1953 and began practicing medicine in Ruleville in 1955. After retiring in 1990, Dr. Dorrough worked in the Cleveland Emergency Room for 4 years.

In 1949, Sonny married Delores Marlow and they raised 3 boys in Ruleville during the 50’s and 60’s. “Doc” and “Sister” loved to travel, going everywhere from Ole Miss football games to Africa, Greece, Hong Kong, and Cancun. For many years, they thoroughly enjoyed friends and fishing at their lake house near Benoit.

Dr. Dorrough was preceded in death by his parents, Fisty and Lou; wife, Delores; brother, Ernest Laughter (“Daughter”); and son, Gerald Lee “Duff” Dorrough.

He is survived by his sons, Marlow Dorrough (Allenda) of Oxford and John Robert Dorrough (Beth) of Ruleville; and grandchildren, Marlow, Melanie, Blair, and Audra.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.