ROMULUS - Ralph Dorroh, age 70, of Romulus, passed away June 21, 2006 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, 2006 at Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North with Rev. Randy Raper, Rev. Donald Springer and Rev. Paul Peeples officiating and Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home North directing. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gay I. and Almeda C. Dorroh, and brother, Bobby Dorroh. Survivors include his wife, Shandry Calhoun Dorroh; son, Joel Dorroh of Tuscaloosa; and brother, James Willard Dorroh of Florence.
Ralph was born April 30, 1936 in Lamar County but moved to Tuscaloosa County at an early age. He graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School and from The University of Alabama with a master's degree in Education. He taught at Montgomery High School, Northport Junior High School, and for 28 years at TCHS, where he also coached baseball and later worked with the Industrial Cooperative Training program. He was named Outstanding TCHS Alumnus in 1992.
Ralph was an avid sportsman and was one of the first landowners in West Alabama to become active in wildlife management. In 1987 he received the Conservation Educator by Tuscaloosa County Soil and Water Conservation District award. He also received other the Tuscaloosa County and Regional Wildlife Conservationist of the Year Award in 2002. His farm in Romulus received the Treasured Forest status in 1999. He was active in the North American Trap Collector Association and was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of the North American Trap Collectors Museum.
Ralph was active in the Romulus United Methodist Church where he was certified lay leader and taught the adult Sunday school class for more than twenty years.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Walker, Herman Boyd, Scott White, Mallory Burkhalter, William C. Adams, Sr., Lewis Leatherwood, Clyde Leavelle and Scott Kelly. Honorary pallbearers are Honorable Scott Coogler, George Hartin, Rev. Fred Sealey, members of Romulus United Methodist Church, friends and neighbors of Romulus and surrounding communities, fellow TCHS teachers, Dr. Ross Vaughn and Dr. William Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Romulus United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund c/o Ruth Plowman, 14350 Highway 140, Coker, AL 35452; or Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on June 23, 2006