John Gordon  Doak, Sr.
John Gordon Doak, Sr.

May 17, 1936 - November 20, 2017
Born in Nashville, TN
Resided in Nashville, Tennessee


John G. Doak, Sr., born May 17, 1936, passed away November 20, 2017. John grew up in Nashville. His dad, Samuel Gordon Doak, was an engineer and the real estate agent for the N.C. & St. L. Railroad and later the L & N. His mom, Anice Turner Doak, was an interior designer and homemaker. His brother, Bill (William M. Doak) was a pediatrician and sculptor. John attended West High School, graduated from Webb School in Bell Buckle, Vanderbilt University, and was 4th in his class at Vanderbilt Law School, a member of the Law Review and "Order of the Coif". He was a pilot and Major in the Tennessee National Guard and served in Vietnam. Admitted to the Bar in 1963, working as a research assistant for the Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Weldon White and analyst for the Tennessee Legislative Council Committee. John started in private practice with Warfield, Entrekin and Jones. After the firm dissolved, he moved to Donelson and started his own firm and over the years had several associates. He recently retired as a sole practitioner. Through the years he has been involved in the community, in the Rotary Club, a Scottish Rite Mason and Past Master of Doric Lodge #732 F & M in 1995. he served as chairman of Community Education Advisory Council for Metro Schools, chartered and served as Chairman of the Luton Mental Health Center, and chartered the Percy Priest Sports Fishing Club. He loved racquetball, hunting, fishing, and piddling around in his tool shop. John has done pro bono work for every church he has been involved in, for U.S. military personnel, as well as those in need who couldn't afford a lawyer. John is the proud father of 5 children, 2 Attorneys, 1 Metro Police Lieutenant, a Senior Engineer on staff with Google, and a Logistics Manager for the largest trucking company in North America. He has 3 grandchildren, 21, 10, and 7. His wife of 43 years retired as a Career Placement Specialist from Metro Schools. He considers himself fortunate to have experienced a loving family and the many opportunities that have come his way. he has always felt his chosen profession "an honorable one". Mr. Doak was a great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Samuel Doak, who founded Washington College in Salem, TN, the state's first college. He was the great-great-grandson of Confederate General Felix K. Zollicoffer, and the great-great-great-grandson of Captain John Gordon, Nashville's first postmaster. John would be humbled by your presence. "pax vobiscum" (peace be with you). He is survived by his wife, Mary Doak; children, Sam C. Doak, Knoxville, TN, Barbara Halverstadt, Fairview, TN, Robert (Bob) Doak, Nashville, TN, John G. Doak, Jr., Los Gatos, CA, and Ashley Baes, Peoria, AZ; grandchildren, Raleigh Doak, Logan Baes, and Emelie Baes.
Visitation will be at Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home Friday, December 1, 2017 from 4-8pm with a Masonic Service at 7pm. Services will be conducted Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10am in our chapel. In lieu of flowers please make memorials to ASoldier'




Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home
2707 Gallatin Road
Nashville, TN US 37216
Friday, December 1, 2017
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Phillips-Robinson Funeral Home
2707 Gallatin Road
Nashville, TN US 37216
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM