Jim Doran, son of T.C. (Tip) and Lou Doran, was born on November 15, 1938, in Murray, Kentucky. He was a graduate in business from Murray State University. Jim and his high school sweetheart, Bette Stamps, met at Murray State and were married shortly after.
Jim and his loving wife of 62 years had a son Mark Doran, daughter Karen Lively and her husband Dale, and grandchildren Brandon and Heather Doran and Blake and Brian Lively, and great-grandchildren Hayden, Eli, and Kinsley Doran.
After graduation, Jim worked for the Sureway Food Store in Henderson, Ky, owned by Malone & Hyde of Memphis. The organization asked him to come to Memphis where he became General Manager of the Insurance Division of Malone & Hyde. Malone & Hyde provided many opportunities for travel for both Jim & Betty.
They first moved to the Fox Meadows area of Memphis before moving into Germantown where they built a home in Allenby Lakes. In their retirement years, they decided they would live at the Village at Germantown where they resided for 5 years until his passing on April 29, 2020.
Bette worked in Real Estate for 40 years and was a member of the Million Dollar Sales Club for a number of years. She was also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, a charity sorority helping to fund an international endowment fund for health research & charities, a disaster relief fund, and breast cancer research.
Later, Jim would own and operate several TCBY stores for 11 years, in Germantown and Memphis, as well as Florida. To keep busy afterward, he then worked eight to nine years for the Germantown UPS Store, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Jim and Bette were members of Germantown United Methodist Church (GUMC), where they belonged to the Seekers Sunday School Class. He was active in the Germantown Kiwanis Club, and served on the Germantown Festival Committee, parking cars with his friend Jim Roberts and serving at the GUMC BBQ Booth. He also participated in the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.
In his spare time, Jim enjoyed being at the lake in Hot Springs, AR, and entertaining. His vehicles were a passion of his, washing them daily.