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Originally published: 2013-11-13 14:50:45
Last modified: 2013-11-13 14:54:43

Roy A. Dobyns

Dr. Roy A. Dobyns, 82, of Dandridge, Tenn., passed away peacefully at the Jefferson County Nursing Home on Nov. 12, 2013.

Born Jan. 31, 1931, in Bristol, Va., he was a son of the late Roy and Frances Dobyns, and was raised by his late aunt and uncle, Meta and John King of Knoxville, Tenn.

Roy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. He loved his church and served as a deacon, trustee, and on many committees. Roy was a charter member of the Jefferson City Rotary Club and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotarian award. He was named the 1994-95 Distinguished Alumnus for Carson Newman College and was an Army veteran.

Dr. Roy A. Dobyns was a leader in higher education authoring college-level mathematics textbooks, serving on the faculty of Louisiana College, McNeese State University, Georgetown College, Clayton State University and was the Vice President and Academic Dean of Carson Newman College, President of Bluefield College, and served on the Board of Trustees at Cumberland College. He graduated from Carson Newman College, received a Masters at Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from Peabody College.

Roy was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling and Tennessee football. Roy loved his family, his work and his many friends in the community.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Kathryn of Dandridge; one cousin, Betty Hobbs and husband, Charles, of New Market, Tenn.; his children, Roy A. Dobyns Jr. and wife, Robin, of Boone, John Dobyns and his wife, Carol, of Raleigh, Joe Dobyns and his wife, Donna, of Jefferson City, Tenn.; grandchildren, Katy King and husband, Adam, Kyle Dobyns, Jessica Dobyns and fiancè, Kevin Gray, Kayla Dobyns, Trey Dobyns, and Carly Jo Dobyns; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express appreciation for the loving care given by the staff at the Jefferson County Nursing Home.

Funeral services for Dr. Roy A. Dobyns will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Jefferson City at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, with Dr. Gene Wilder officiating. Graveside service and burial will follow at Jefferson Memorial Gardens. The family will received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 1610 Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, TN 37760, or to Carson Newman University, 1646 Russell Avenue, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Dobyns family at

Arrangements by Farrar funeral home in Jefferson City, TN, (865) 475-3892.