Vincent Moran ‘Red’ Doss

Vincent Moran ‘Red’ Doss

Vincent Moran “Red” Doss, 96, of Cairo, died at 9:19 a.m. Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center Long Term Care in Marion.

He was born on Feb. 29, 1924, in Mitchellsburg, Ky., the son of Arthur and Mollie Lamb Doss.  

He married LaVelle Morris. She preceded him in death on May 28, 1980.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 

After his military service, his first job was with Kemmons Wilson, who later founded Holiday Inn.  This was where Mr. Doss was introduced to the amusement machine business. He and LaVelle moved to Cairo in 1952, where he started a prominent amusement machine business, as well as a record store, night clubs, restaurants and a hotel.

His fraternal affiliations were with the Masons, Shriners, Scottish Rite Bodies and the Eagles.  

He was the last surviving founder of the Alexander County Airport Authority and was still serving on the board at the time of his death.  

He was a 50-year member of the Aircraft Owner & Pilots Association. At age 93, the Federal Aviation Administration bestowed upon him the Wright Brothers Master Pilot’s Award.

Survivors include his two sons, Edward (Nancy) Doss of Mounds and Steven (Lisa) Doss of New Orleans, La.; two grandchildren, Burton (Angie) Doss of Madison, Miss., and Adelaide Doss of New Orleans, La.; two great grandchildren, Jackson Doss and Harper Doss, both of Madison, Miss.; one sister, Imogene McKinstry of Louisville, Ky.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by 11 siblings.

Due to the limitations on gatherings by the State of Illinois, Mr. Doss’s visitation and services were held at Crain Funeral Home, 829 N. West End Blvd., Cape Girardeau.

Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. Interment with military honors followed at 1 p.m. at Green Lawn Memorial Gardens at Villa Ridge.

Crain Funeral Home in Cairo was in charge of arrangements.  

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