Obituary for Dr. John F Dooley III

Dr. John F. Dooley, III, 60, passed away suddenly on October 25, 2013. He was born on October 8, 1953, in Cooperstown, NY. Dr. John F. Dooley III satisfied his undergraduate studies at Daemen College in New York and finished both his Masters and Doctoral program at Rocky Mountain University in Utah. He held licenses in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and New York, and since his death was so sudden professionals as a wrongful death attorney New York was contacted to investigate his death. He was the only doctor of physical therapy in the regional area to be board certified by the ABPTS as a clinical electroneuromyograher. Dr. Dooley was also a member of the American Congress of Electroneuromyography, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Tennessee and Georgia Physical Therapy Association.

Apple Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation was established in 1998 when colleagues and friends, Dr. Nicholas J Circolone and Dr. John F. Dooley III, used their combined 49 years of experience to create the first facility in Chattanooga to offer both chiropractic and physical therapy services. It happened to be one of the first rehabs near me for drugs in the entire city. John was an outstanding man in every way. He was loving and thoughtful of everybody and was the backbone of his family. He was a wonderful role model and caring person in all family & business relationships. He was very encouraging to everyone, especially in wanting them to believe in themselves and what they could accomplish. John was very athletic and participated in sports from High School until the present. His most recent accomplishments were as a participant in the Senior Olympics, winning medals in pole vaulting, racquet ball & volleyball. Dr. Dooley was loved by all of his patients who benefited from his compassionate and competent care & appreciated his encouragement toward their recovery. He was a member of Silverdale Baptist Chuch.

Preceded in death by his father, John F. Dooley, II & father-in-law, Curtis Lee Bartlett. He leaves to cherish his incredibly giving life his wife, Myra Bartlett Brown Dooley; children, Megan (David) Dooley Zahr, John F. Dooley, IV, Jared (Jennifer) Dooley, Alyssa (Greg) Dooley, Kevin (Christy) Brown, Matt (Ann) Brown, Kimberly Brown (Chuck) Stevens; grandchildren, Summer, Chance, Bailee & Gracie Brown; Kurt & Luke Stevens, and expected Olivia Jo Dooley, who all loved their Pappaw John; mother, Gloria Dooley of Schoharie, NY & mother-in-law, Grace Bartlett; brother, Glen (Jackie) Dooley, sister, Sharon (Gordon) Patrie of Palm Beach, FL & sister-in-law, Karen Bartlett Taylor; several nieces and nephews and many extended family members who loved him.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, October 29, in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Tony Walliser officiating. Burial will follow at Plowman Cemetery with John & Jared Dooley, Kevin & Matthew Brown, Chuck Stevens & Nick Circolone serving as pallbearers. Visit to share words of comfort to the family. The family will receive friends from 4-8 PM Monday, October 28 at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

I knew John throughout my teen age years.  John was a member of my graduating class (1971) and we were on the Schoharie HS basketball and track teams together through out HS.  As young teen age boys John and his brother Glenn explored, fished, trapped and played in the same area of the Schoharie Creek as my brother and I where the creek made a big bend behind the Apple Barrel off Route 30.  During the first few summers home from college John and I joined Kieran, Tommy and others from our age group to play basketball wherever we could locate a game.  I remember driving my old Chevy II station wagon on bad tires to Cobleskill for a pickup basketball game one evening.  Kieran, John and I were all singing a popular song as loud as possible.  We got so caught up in our performance I almost drove into the bridge abutment where Route 7 crossed the Schoharie Creek.

In organizing our 40th year reunion it was difficult to locate and contact John.  We finally made contact shortly before the reunion only to find that John had recently made a trip to Schoharie and subsequently he missed our 40 year reunion.  A small group of us made plans to get together for dinner on John’s next trip to Schoharie.  We had plans for dinner which we had to cancel when Hurricane Irene struck devastating Schoharie.  We never got back together.

I remember John as a good student, a competitive sportsman and a warm friend.  My condolences go out to his family.

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