Charles Ralph Dorsey
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Charles Ralph Dorsey, 82, passed away November 19, 2012, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken, South Carolina, after a brief illness.

Born in Cosby, he was a son of the late Ervin and Maxine Hicks Dorsey.

He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was employed by Dupont/Westinghouse at the Savannah River Site for 40 years.

His favorite pastimes were NASCAR, golf, Tennessee and Clemson football, gardening, and, most of all, spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Dorsey was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Ray Dorsey and his first wife of 38 years, Wanda Barnes Dorsey.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years Miriam Dyches Dorsey, two daughters Debra Dorsey-Stinson (Stuart) and Diana L. Dorsey, both of Aiken; step-son Chris Nettles (Danielle); stepdaughter Susan Shaw (Wayne); and step-grandchildren Nichole Cornell, David Stinson, Samantha Stinson, Stephanie Clark, Bevin Shaw, and Tanner Shaw, and his dog Paco.

The family received friends Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service led by Pastor Kevin Carter. Private interment was held Wednesday morning in Southlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to or to the animal charity of your choice.

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Arrangements by Shellhouse-Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Road, Aiken, SC

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