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Rev. Herbert L. D. Doggett

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The Rev. Herbert L. D. Doggett, 92, a retired Elder and a District Superintendent, died Sept. 3, 2018, at Homewood Frederick where he received care over the past year. A Service of Resurrection was held Sept. 16 at Middletown UMC with the Rev. Sarah Dorrance officiating.

Born June 25, 1926, in Baltimore, Herbert Levi David Doggett was the youngest of three children of the late Carroll A. Doggett, Sr. and Evelyn Lee Doggett. He attended high school at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, and Western Maryland College (McDaniel), before attending Union Theological Seminary in NYC, for his Master of Divinity degree. He later received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from McDaniel College, and Recognition of 50 Years of Service from the BWC Board of Ordained Ministry.

He and Joanna Mae (Hauver) Doggett married in 1946 and they enjoyed their Myersville cabin 'getaway' during the years of parish ministry. She was a co-worker in his ministry and a school teacher of institutional cooking, restaurant management and catering. She died at age 62 in 1988.

Doggett began his ministry in 1952 at Trinity in Frederick. In 1956 he moved on to Good Shepherd in Silver Spring until 1966 when he was appointed to Catonsville. In 1969 he became superintendent of the Hagerstown District, which he served until 1975 when he moved to Potomac. From 1979-1983, he pastored Hughes UMC in Wheaton. He also served six years as Director of Development at the Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg helping to raise benevolent care funds.

Doggett married Florence Lee King in 1990, with 10 of their grandchildren serving as attendants. 

After retirement, Doggett, in addition to raising funds at Asbury, served as a Trustee and President of the Community Foundation of Frederick County, performed interim pastorates at local churches in the conference, and guest preached. He also enjoyed photography, creative woodworking in his workshop, oil painting, and travel. For 11 years Doggett was a volunteer Bike Patrolman for the National Park Service along the C & O Canal and worked in the Visitor Center in Williamsport. 

In 1996 at age 70, he received his first computer, and quickly became proficient in its use writing and producing greeting cards and a monthly newsletter with articles, 'editorial comments' on current events, and plenty of color photographs.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Florence Doggett, are his four sons and their wives, William, (Suzanne), Richard (Beth), Lawrence, and Frederick (Tychelle); his daughters-in-law Terry Gosnell, Cynthia Doggett and Ruth Rhoderick, nine grandchildren, step-daughters Susan Heflin (Jay) and Laurie Wilson (Mike), three of Florence's grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury Methodist Village, Community Foundation of Frederick County, Middletown United Methodist Church, or Homewood at Crumland Farm.

Condolences may be sent to Florence Doggett, 10463 Churchill Road, Myersville, MD 21773.