Denice Elizabeth Doss, 65, of Rockdale, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 1, 2020.
Denice was born to Mary and Richard Hertless in Fort Brag g, North Carolina, on Oct. 26, 1954. Growing up in an Air Force family she lived in many places but found a home she loved in Rockdale.
She was married to James Doss Jr., the love of her life, on April 28, 1973.
Denice graduated from Reagan High School in Austin in 1972. She went on to graduate from Texas A&M and received a B.S. in education.
Her unique capacity for leadership and selfless love of others in her community was the basis for her numerous service roles.
She tirelessly served the community as director of the Senior Citizens Center, director of the MARC Center for special needs citizens, director of Community Education, and president of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce.
Her dedication to the community was evident as she promoted Community Education projects, organized the Tejas Festival, played an integral role in developing the local El Camino Real, served as president of Rotary Club, chaired the Rotary Scholarship Selection Committee and the RYLA leadership camp student committee.
Denice also served on the Tourism Board and the Milam County Historic Commission board of directors, along with many other distinguished roles and volunteer projects within the community. She ended her career serving as the After School Education Coordinator for Rockdale ISD.
She was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church for almost 50 years. She loved the Lord and her brothers and sisters in Christ and served Meadowbrook as choir director, personnel chairman, hospitality chairman, member of the budget committee, member of the praise team, and often performed as a soloist.
In her lifetime, Denice served the Lord by serving others. Never dwelling on the negative, she always had a smile on her face. She was known for her innovative leadership, fairness to all, and her joyfulness with an innate ability to do what is right in the Christian ethic. She loved her family fiercely and was loved in return by all who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, James Doss Jr. of Rockdale; children Scott and Gena Doss of Kyle, Derek and Jade Doss of Georgetown, Ashli Doss-Davenport of Aledo; grandchildren Rhett Doss of San Marcos, Reef Doss of Kyle, Joseph Cabrero of Georgetown, Brooks Davenport of Aledo, Barrett Davenport of Aledo, Briggs Davenport of Aledo, Gemma Doss of Georgetown; mother Mary Hertless of Granger; siblings Elaine Beatty of Temple, Rick Hertless of Granger, David Hertless of Austin.
She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Hertless, and granddaughter, Roxli Doss.
A memorial was held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Rockdale.
The family has asked that memorials be made to Meadowbrook Baptist Church, or to the Austin/ Round Rock chapter of The Cure Starts Now (https:// thecurestartsnow.org/get-involved/chapters/texas-austinround-rock/donate/). Flowers are also appropriate.
Arrangements by Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home, P.O. Drawer 1417, Rockdale, TX 76567, 512-446-5454.