Nora Joyce McNair

1931 ~ 2019 (age 87)


Nora Joyce McCrory McNair, a resident of Dothan, passed away at home on Thursday, April 4, surrounded by her loving family. She was 87.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday April 7, 2019 at Greystone United Methodist Church with the Rev. Teresa Seevers officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Family First Funeral & Cremation Care directing. The family will receive friends at Greystone from 1:30 P.M. until service time in the sanctuary.  Serving as Pallbearers will be Zachary Cobb, Tex Rankin, Clint McCrory, Alan Parker, Larry Easterwood, Steve Benak, Jimbo Loftin, and Mike Cobb. Flowers will be accepted, or donations can be made to Greystone United Methodist Church 4401 Fortner Street, Dothan, AL 36305 or the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.

Nora Joyce was born in Ozark, AL, on November 21, 1931, to the late Dee Carr McCrory and William Webster McCrory. The family moved to Dothan when Nora Joyce was a little girl, and she remained a proud resident here for the rest of her life. 

She earned a degree in education from Troy State Teachers College (now Troy University) in 1953. She loved being a teacher and taught several subjects, including Physical Education and Art.  Nora Joyce held a place in her heart for special-needs children and worked for many years in special education.  She loved students and continued to work as a substitute teacher as she raised six active children of her own. 

Nora Joyce was a lifelong member of Lafayette Street United Methodist Church and, later, Greystone United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Ruth Sunday school class.

Nora Joyce loved flowers and gardening, old movies and westerns, cats and kittens, and anything of interest to her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered lovingly by her family and friends as someone who shined happy and positive influence on all those around her. Most importantly of all, she lived her life as a devout Christian, remaining loyal to her faith through every trial and challenge. We rejoice knowing Nora Joyce is now with our Creator.

Nora Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Charles C. McNair; her parents, Dee Carr McCrory and William Webster McCrory; and her brother, William Webster McCrory, Jr.  She is survived by her six children: Charles C. McNair, Jr (Adela), Bogotá, Colombia; Malcolm Clayton McNair, Dothan; Robin Dale McNair, Dothan; Carole McNair Cobb, Dothan; Melody McNair Dochoff (Seine), Elmhurst, IL; and Marella McNair Collins (Bert), Dothan. 

She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Mikael Cobb Holzhauer (Hunter), Chattanooga, TN; Zachary McMurphy Cobb, Dothan; Bonnie Dreame Wilson McNair, Red Hook, NY; Mary Hannah Collins, Auburn; Nora Maecy Dochoff, Dothan; Charles Harrison Dochoff, Champaign-Urbana, IL; Sophie Dee Collins, Dothan; Juan Manuel Gómez Castro, Bogotá, Colombia; Anna Maria Gómez Castro, Bogotá, Colombia. 

She is also survived by four great grandchildren, all of Chattanooga, TN: Oscarr Holunder Holzhauer; Nora Katharina Holzhauer; Rhine McHelm Holzhauer; and Boone Lewis Holzhauer. She also leaves behind a sister, Nancy Lou Rankin, Dothan, and many very special nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

The McNair family specially thanks Sharita Morris and Bernita Miller and other caretakers for the unconditional support and love they gave Nora Joyce.

Care for the McNair family is being provided by Randy Crenshaw, Jason Shepard & Staff at Family First Funeral & Cremation Care.

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