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Doris Bondurant

Services were held at First Baptist Church in Hickman Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Burial followed at the Hickman City Cemetery.  
Brother Tom Quimby officiated, assisted by Mrs. Bondurant’s nephew, the Rev. John Porter of Centerville. Pallbearers were her sons-in-law, grandson-in-law, grandsons and her cousin, Larry Myatt. Honorary pallbearers were Sarah Wilson, Pat Ray, Lesa Workman, Contrina Avery, Patty Crawell, Joseph Gilbert and her dear friends in the community.
The family requests that contributions go to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 8, Hickman, KY 42050.  
She was born June 20, 1921, the only child of the late Hoyt Dowel Bell and Flora Amy (Ragsdale) Bell. She grew up in Obion County and, later, in Union City.
She was a highly-regarded athlete and captain of the well-known 1938 championship former Dixie High School basketball team. She graduated in 1939 as class valedictorian and senior president. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1943, where she had been selected as a top campus beauty. For several years, she taught school in Obion County.
In 1947, she married Hickman attorney John C. Bondurant, who served for over 40 years as mayor of Hickman, Fulton County Judge, Circuit Judge and, then, Senior Judge of the First Judicial Circuit. During this time, she briefly taught school in Hickman and the Fulton County (Ky.) school system; actively participated in local organizations, including the Hickman Woman’s Club, where she served as president; and was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Hickman.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years and is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ann Whipple of Hickman and Conway, Ark., Ambassador Amy Bondurant and David Dunn of Washington, D.C., and Lucy and Max Wilson of Hickman; three grandchildren and their spouses, Dr. Melanie Foley and Dr. Scott Smith of Conway, John Max Wilson of Davis, Calif., and David Bondurant Dunn of Charleston, S.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Avery Smith and Ainsley Smith, both of Conway.
She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Jim Whipple.