Dr. David W. Dockery
PRINCETON - Dr. David Wayne Dockery, 64, of Princeton, West Virginia passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Born April 20, 1955 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he was the son of the late George Jackson Dockery and Annie Magdalene Brown Dockery.
David was a 1973 graduate of Tuscaloosa High School and a 1977 graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Master of Divinity (1980) and a Doctor of Ministry (1985) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
David served as pastor of Highland Creek Baptist Church in Martinsville, Indiana (1978-1981); associate pastor of Colonial Avenue Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia (1981-1986); pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia (1986-1990); and pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton, West Virginia since July 15, 1990.
David is survived by his wife of 42 years (June 25, 1977), Maribeth Halsell Dockery; his daughter, Lydia Ruth Dockery Parkey, her husband Justin, their two sons, George Ellis Parkey and Thomas Edgar Parkey of Jonesboro, Arkansas; his son, Andrew David Dockery, his wife Maggie, their two sons, Jackson Calvin Dockery and William Andrew Dockery and their daughter due in February 2020; two sisters, Linda Griffin and her husband Mike of Northport, Alabama and Rebecca Sikora and her husband Jim of Huntsville, Alabama, their children and grandchildren. David is also survived by the Halsell family and his church family.
The celebration of David's life will be at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Princeton with the Rev. Branan G. Thompson and Pastor Andrew S. Maynor officiating.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Building Fund at First Baptist Church, 1116 Mercer St., Princeton, WV 24740.
The family will receive friends Saturday, October, 12, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until service hour at the First Baptist Church in Princeton.
Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.
To view a video tribute to David, or share condolences with the family, please visit www.bailey-kirk.com.
Published on October 10, 2019


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Oct 15, 2019
He met me and my brother (late at night) when we had to come to Princeton to tell my father of my sister's passing. Having such a wonderful calming influence in the house with us was a blessing I'll cherish forever.
Darla K Herrick (Welch)
Oct 13, 2019
My name is Darla (Welch) Herrick my brother was Jimmy Welch who passed away but went to David’s church. Jimmy loved his church and David. Thanks to David and you all for all your kindness you gave us at Jimmy’s memorial. So sorry to hear about David but I pray him and Jimmy and my Dad are having a Bible study in heaven with Billy Graham. God Bless
Tamara Allen
Oct 13, 2019
David was a loving and kind man whom I had the pleasure of calling my pastor while living in Princeton,WV. I will always remember his warm smile and kind heart.
I will also remember the trip he made to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital when my son Bradley had his first brain surgery. His selfless act of kindness and support touched my heart. RIP Dr.David Dockery
We Love You, Tammy and Bradley Allen
Phyliss Martin
Oct 13, 2019
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family, may god watch over y’all at this time. David was a wonderful pastor.
Donna “Welch” McLaughlin
Oct 12, 2019
Dear Family,
I am so sorry for your loss David was a great man of God.
He spoke at my brothers funeral
Jim Welch
Jimmy and Kristina loved him and your ministry their at their church
Love Donna
Travis White
Oct 12, 2019
I'm glad I had this pastor's aquaintence. One very fine gentleman.
Mike Wood
Oct 11, 2019
He was always there whenever I called. If Alabama was playing he might put me on hold for a while. Then I would hear that cheerful voice say "Hello Mike". I will miss him more than I can say.
Joyce Tedder
Oct 11, 2019
This community lost a great leader and supporter when we sadly had to say goodbye to Dr. David Dockery. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife, Maribeth, and his children. Our prayers are with you all and with the Church. I can only imagine their feeling of loss after 29 years of being with his ministry. Heaven has a special place for those who tend His flock so faithfully.
Scott and Brenda Ash
Oct 11, 2019
We have lost one of the best. He was always willing to help and has done a lot for the community. We appreciated David and will miss him.
Ray and Marie McClendon
Oct 11, 2019
barbara pell
Oct 11, 2019
My deepest sympathies for your loss. The church and our community will miss his quick smile and willing hands and heart to help spread the Gospel through any means possible.
Rev. Dr. Daniel W. Farley
Oct 10, 2019
David was a friend in ministry that will be long remembered. God's speed my brother...
Allan Thompson
Oct 10, 2019
David’s voice was the first we heard from Mt. St. Bapt. Assn. when they called us to serve in southern WV. David was a true partner and brother in ministry. His life and pulpit aligned with each other; he lived what he preached. His last sermon was to a group of pastors gathered at the Dockery house to pray for him. He admonished us to preach the gospel with our last breath. His legacy will be one of creating community by preaching truth and showing love to all.
Ken Frazier
Oct 10, 2019
Donna & I are both grieved and surprised of David’s death. We remember David as a faithful servant of God who loved his family and his flock. We are praying for you.
Love in Christ,
Ken & Donna Frazier
Dianne & Jay MACKEY
Oct 10, 2019
Prayers for you all. So sorry to hear.We feel fortunate to know Lydia and her wonderful family.