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Updated: 06/04/2014 08:00:05AM

Denzel James Dockery

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Mr. Denzel James “Doc” Dockery, 83, passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014.

He was born June 2, 1930, in Flint, Mich., to Theo Gobal and Helen Kellar Dockery.

Mr. Dockery was a resident of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Ponce De Leon, Fla. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He and his wife created the Red and White Diver Down Flag for the safety of SCUBA divers. This flag has helped save the lives of many divers around the world. Mr. Dockery and his wife developed the Vortex Spring Diving Resort in Ponce De Leon. Also, in the 1960s, they developed the Diatom Filter for water filtration, which became an industry. They also invented the Numatic Yokes in the diving industry, and the Preset Piston Regulators. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Dockery is survived by his son, Daryl (Angela) Dockery of Ponce De Leon; daughter, Connie (Danny) Taylor of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; four brothers, Dewight (Nancy) Dockery and David Kirk (Marlene) Dockery, all of Michigan, Forrest (Jane) Dockery of California, and Randy (Diane) Dockery of Michigan; nine grandchildren, Erika Rice, Mariah Taylor, Logan Taylor, Andrea (Joel) Kaczorowski, Dena (Micah) McCormick, Chase Crow, Jeremy (Renea) Dockery, Carrie Dockery and Ryan Dockery; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth Carlson Dockery; son, Devan Dockery; and grandson, Miles Dockery.

A time of visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, 2014, at Clary-Glenn Funeral Home Chapel; 230 Park Ave., DeFuniak Springs. The Rev. Kenneth Harrison will officiate.

Floral arrangements are being accepted. You may go online to view the obituary, offer condolences and sign the guest book at

Local arrangements are by Farley Funeral Home, Venice, Fla.

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