Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In Memory of Vol Dooley

I think everyone in Bossier Parish knew Vol Dooley. The Dooleys lived just down the street from us at the time that I graduated from Benton High School in 1965, just a stone's throw from where our current sheriff grew up. Good family, good people. 
I could write a lot here, but will just let the sheriff's press release give the information.
Former Bossier Parish Sheriff Vol S. Dooley, Jr., 87, who served as Sheriff from 1976 to 1988, passed away Monday evening in Bossier City following a lengthy illness.
Dooley began his law enforcement career with the Louisiana State Police in 1950 when he was 23 years old. He served four years as a trooper with Troop G and joined the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in 1954. Dooley served as chief deputy to Sheriff Willie Waggonner and was appointed to fill the remainder of Waggonner’s term when he died in 1976. Dooley then went on to win a special election for Sheriff later that year, and he served as the chief law enforcement officer for Bossier Parish for 12 years until 1988 after losing his re-election bid to Larry Deen.
Upon retirement from the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in 1988, Dooley continued service as the security director for Caddo/Bossier Port Commission until retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Patsy Netherland; sons, Steve Dooley, Mike Dooley, Autry Brown, Dennis Brown and Ricky Brown. He was predeceased by his son, Bubba Dooley.
“Sheriff Dooley committed his life to law enforcement after starting his career as a trooper, then as a deputy and Sheriff and as security for the Port,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. “I considered Vol a close friend, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
Visitation will be Aug. 14 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, and the funeral service will be held Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at Cypress Baptist Church, followed by burial at Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton. Bro. Billy Pierce, former pastor of Cypress Baptist Church, and Chad Mills, pastor of Airline Baptist Church, will officiate.


  1. First made acquaintance with Vol in the late 1950's while a Deputy with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Dept - He worked with us on a few problems - After moving to Bossier City, we made contact on meetings we attended on a regular basis and enjoyed conversing about the ole days -- Altho in the past few years we lost contact -- Glad to have these memories but sad to lose a good law-man . Condolences to his family --

  2. Old timers I talked to today said he was a good man.
    RIP, good man.

  3. Ask the rodeo cowboy Favor if he was a good man

  4. I knew Chief Deputy and then I voted for Sheriff Vol. S. Dooley. I went to school with Pat and Steve. They entire family were a blessing to be around and with on Benton High School Band's trips with Mr. Dooley there to keep us boys in line. It was great seeing him at church in '85 while I was visiting Benton. He will dearly be missed by his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Dooley family. John Kirk Primm Jr. ''JP''

  5. He has nice hair in that picture. Looks like a good man.

  6. I went to church with him at Airline, he was one great man, and would always take the time to shake everyone's hand. I am very sad he had to inure the loss of his son.

  7. From 1969 until 1974 my father was stationed at Barksdale AFB, and we lived 4 houses down from Sheriff Dooley, and his family, on Ashdown Drive. His eldest, Patsy, was a sitter for me and my brother. Sons Steve and Mike rode their Yamaha dirt bikes with my brother and I, next to Airline High School. Went dove hunting on the Red River levee with Mike, and even took little Bubba with us. The whole family were true neighbors, friends, and great people with which to grow up. That is the true measure of a person's life, in my opinion. Positive community impact, strong family, and a legacy of service to others. Vol Dooley was a Southern gentle man to me, my brother, and my parents. We've physically been away from Bossier City for 42 years, but never really gone in our hearts. The Dooley family is a big reason for that feeling.
    Rest In Peace Sheriff.
    Steve Cihak and family.


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