ONEONTA - John Morris Dougherty was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Earle and Florence Dougherty on Feb. 19, 1929. He received the Lord Jesus as his personal savior Sept. 15, 1948.
John earned his bachelor's degree from King's College in mathematics. He went on to earn a degree from Moody Bible Institute in Pastoral Studies and became an ordained minister in 1955. He earned his Doctorate of Theology degree from Burton School of Theology. He served the Lord as pastor at Milford Center Baptist Church in Milford Center, under AMOC (American Mission for Opening Closed Churches) and later became its Director of Deputation in Buffalo. After leaving the mission, he served as Pastor at Calvary Independent Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Hedstrom Memorial Baptist Church in Buffalo and West Oneonta Baptist Church in West Oneonta.
Although he retired in 2001, he continued his passion of serving the Lord who he loved and honored, in the Oneonta community by teaching and preaching in a number of churches in the area. He led several Holy Land tours during his ministry. He was also a soccer and basketball referee for a many years in the Buffalo and Oneonta areas and he received the 2004 NYSCOS Distinguished Service Award. He was an avid sports fan his entire life.
John met Edith Suderman while singing with the Moody Chorale. They were engaged Feb. 5, 1954, and married on June 26, 1955. With the birth of their daughter, Cheryl Joy, they became parents in 1956. David John was born in 1959, Stephen Paul in 1962, and Karen Joyce in 1973, completing their family.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edith; their daughters, Karen, Cheryl and her husband, Michael Sperring; their daughter-in-law, Karen Foreman; their son, Stephen and his wife, Lisabeth; their grandchildren, Nathan, Jonathon, Stephanie, David, Daniel, Jessica, Melissa, Rachael, Samantha, Anastasia, Michael, Scotty; and their great-grandchildren, Nathan, Anastasia, Scarlett, Jonah, Abigail, Calab, Emmeline, Mason, Kaia and Jordan; their niece, Susan Hama and their nephew, Paul Higley.
He is predeceased by his son, David; his parents; and his sister and brother-in-law, Daniel and Marge Higley. Added to that are the many wonderful friends he has been blessed with throughout his life.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, June 30, at the West Oneonta Baptist Church in West Oneonta. A private burial will be held in the Milford Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to either the West Oneonta Baptist Church or Leadership Vistas, which trains pastors in Africa, a cause which was dear to John's heart. Visit leadershipvistas.org.
To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on June 26, 2017