Obituary – James Woody Dorris

James Woody Dorris

December 4, 1938 – December 26, 2019
Age: 81
Residence: Harrison, AR
Formerly of: Watervliet, MI

James Woody Dorris, age 81, of Harrison, Arkansas, passed away December 26, 2019, at his home. He entered this life December 4, 1938, in Watervliet, Michigan, the son of George and Floy (Dorris) Burleson. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Having a love for riding trikes and motorcycles, James dedicated many hours building them from the ground up. Many people enjoyed rides with him over the years. James also enjoyed collecting knives and telling stories, spinning yarns for hours. The life he lived and the stories he told will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. He will be greatly missed.

James is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Donna Dorris; sister, Linda Mae Green; sister, Glenda Fay Gillian; and niece, Linda Tumbleson.

He is survived by his son, David Dorris of Michigan; sister, Pat Williams of Michigan; brother, Ron (Rhonda) Burleson of Michigan; sister, Wanda Woodley of Tennessee; brother, Don Burleson of Mississippi; niece, Judy Brown of Harrison, Arkansas; many other nieces and nephews; close friends: Edie Kelly of Bellefonte, Arkansas, Kellie Mooneyham of Harrison, Arkansas, and Barbara Ledell of Harrison, Arkansas.

A celebration of life will be planned for a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, in James’ name, to the Ozark Humane Society, 5147 Rock Springs Rd W, Harrison, AR 72601. To leave an online condolence, please visit


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