Dorsey Eugene Derrick, 78, of Creston, formerly of Weldon, died Feb. 10, 2013, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Crest Baptist Church in Creston. The Rev. Chuck Spindler and Dr. Brian Kaylor will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Osceola. Open visitation will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service Friday at the church. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Dorsey Derrick family. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.
Dorsey Eugene Derrick, son of Elisa Florence (Richerson) and John Wesley Derrick, was born Sept. 1, 1934, in Webster County, Mo.
Dorsey attended Elkland High School, graduating in 1952.
Dorsey was ordained as a minister in 1953 at Candock Baptist Church in Lebanon, Mo. He continued his education at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo., and later at Drury College in Springfield, Mo., graduating in 1960.
On Aug. 21, 1956, Dorsey Derrick married Carolyn Eliza Bay at Shiloh Baptist Church in Robertsville, Mo.
They settled in Buffalo, Mo., where Dorsey taught elementary school. Dorsey also served as pastor at Candock and Plad (Tunas, Mo.) Baptist churches and later at Union Mound Baptist Church in Elkland, Mo.
In 1961, Dorsey and his family moved to Robertsville, Mo., where he taught for the next 10 years at Vandover School. While Dorsey and his family were in Robertsville, he served as pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church and later Leslie Baptist Church in Leslie, Mo.
In 1971, they moved to Weldon, where Dorsey taught school in Weldon and later in Osceola. He retired after a total of 40-plus years as an educator.
Dorsey planted the First Baptist Church in Osceola with services initially held in an old dentist office building and later in the current church building, which was constructed under Dorsey’s leadership. He served as pastor for a total of 27 years, before moving to Creston in 1999.
Dorsey was an active member of Crest Baptist Church in Creston and actively involved in the Billy Graham Crusade. He also played an active role in writing the constitution for the Baptist Convention of Iowa.
Dorsey is survived by his wife Carolyn Derrick of Creston; daughters, Oma (husband Tom) Dixon of Fort Atkinson, Wis., Carol (husband Doug) Kaylor of Jefferson City, Mo., and Rose (husband Scott) Sample of Billings, Mont.; sons, John (wife Nichole) Derrick of Los Altos, Calif., and Wesley (wife Maria) Derrick of Palo Alto, Calif.; brother Floyd Derrick of Rogersville, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Dorsey was preceded in death by his parents; sister Viola (husband Loren) Brashears and sister-in-law Vieta Derrick.