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Dooley, Jr., John Franklin


John Dooley Jr. was born August 21, 1951 and entered into the Gates of Heaven on Easter Weekend in 2020. John was born in San Antonio, Texas. His father who spent 20 years in the Air Force was stationed at Lackland AFB at the time. John left Texas as an infant and through his father and his own endeavors lived a life well traveled. After leaving Texas he lived in Bermuda, Oklahoma City, Taiwan, Fayetteville, North Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Topeka, Kansas; Woodbridge, England; Burns Flat, Oklahoma; Midwest City, Oklahoma; Long Beach, California; Arlington, Texas; Tampa, Palm Beach, and Miami, Florida; Dallas, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Frisco, Texas during his span of 68 years. John was an ordained minister and served as a youth director and as a pastor in several churches in the Oklahoma City area. John began working in the Funeral business and found solace in helping families in need. As the phrase goes, “John never met a stranger”, and had an uncanny way of transitioning strangers into friends for life.

Proceeding John’s arrival to heaven and waiting to welcome him was his dad John Dooley Sr., his mom Norma Dooley, his grandparents Sherman and Marie Lowder, Gene Webber, Frank Dooley and Grandma Ruby, as well as his only sister Brenda Dooley.

John left behind here on earth his wife Kathy of Frisco, Texas, his daughter and son in law Jessica and Reed Gardner and his grandchildren Ezra and Kennedy Gardner of Dallas, Texas, his stepdaughter and her husband Stephanie and Shawn Ballard of Sherman, Texas, his brothers and sister in laws, David and Vickey Dooley of Choctaw Oklahoma, Bruce and Rocio Dooley of Katy, Texas, and his brother Robert Dooley who resides in Oregon.

John is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and coworkers. Due to Covid the family held a private burial at the family gravesite at the Dale Cemetery. The Dale cemetery is located just east of Midwest City, Oklahoma right off of I-40.

John’s Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 11 am in our North Dallas Funeral Home Chapel, 2710 Valley View Ln., Farmers Branch, TX 75234.  John touched so many lives and we would appreciate everyone to come and help us celebrate his life.

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Liza B.Dallas, TX
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"I highly recommend this funeral home and crematorium; when I had to make and pay for my brother’s arrangements across state lines, Evelyn Montonya, in particular, demonstrated both compassion and professionalism and made a very sad and difficult situation much easier. Many thanks."
Gloria M.Dallas, TX
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"The unexpected passing of my husband was a very difficult and trying time for my boys and I. I had the good fortune of having Abel walk us thru this process. Working with him was such a weight off my shoulders. He was professional, so polite and helpful. The service was beautiful – never did I feel rushed or like just another customer. They gave me the time I needed and I appreciate that so much! Also Mr. Brooks took special care of my husband as he is a fellow mason. I would highly recommend working with Abel and North Dallas Funeral Home."
Lance G.Dallas, TX
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"Everyone at North Dallas Funeral Home was very professional, kind, and caring, in all steps of the process from the first phone call to the service held at their location. They help to make the process as easy and comforting in my opinion as to be expected, I would recommend their service to anyone. Thank You to everyone who helped me and my family. Sincerely,"
Jason H.Dallas, TX
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"As soon as the call was made to Mr. Wayne Baxter all of my brothers final needs were taken care of. They walked me through what to expect the timeline and even dealt with the cemetery and the grave diggers. I was a hot mess due to my brothers sudden and unexpected passing. The experience was seamless and made it easy for my brother’s friends and family to say their last goodbyes. They even had the size to accommodate such a large group that showed up . The package deals that they offered were cost-effective and didn’t break my bank account. They included extras and accommodations that other funeral homes charged extra for. All the staff was amazing including Mr. Don Dodd . I can not thank them enough for all their help."
The Gillilands
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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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