In Memoriam: Tom Dooley, artist/gallery owner
Tom J. Dooley, an artist and gallery owner in Old Colorado City for 13 years, passed away Sept. 12 in Colorado Springs. He was 67.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at First Southern Baptist Church, 1409 Palmer Park Blvd.
An Alabama native, he was born Dec. 31, 1942, to the late James and Mary Lee Turner.
Serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he was chosen to participate in the Combat Artist Program instituted by the Department of Defense, during which he recorded the war through drawing, photography, painting and writing.
Dooley moved to Colorado Springs in 1971.
He and his wife/artist Virginia owned and operated the Tom Dooley Galleries in Old Colorado City from about 1989 to 2002. Dooley created the art for the Territory Days poster of 1992.
He was born with the last name of Turner, but changed it to Dooley after moving to Colorado Springs.
He suffered from diabetes, which limited his painting in recent years, according to Nancy Stovall of the Pine Creek Art Gallery, who earlier had worked with Dooley and taken classes from him. “He was a fun guy,” Stovall said.
Dooley is survived by Virginia; his children, Robert Turner, Raymond Turner and Kim Peters; his step-daughters, Valerie Hudson and Laurie Barron; siblings, Mary Clark and Jamie Hartley; and seven grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by a son, James Turner III; and a sister, Roslie Turner.
Westside Pioneer/Blunt Mortuary