Mrs. J.W. Dobyns

Mrs. J.W. Dobyns standing in front of the “Red Feather” thermometer at Church Circle. The thermometer measured the money received in the Community Chest Drive. Mrs. J.W. Dobyns (Lulu Lee Cooper) affectionately known as “Mother Dobyns” was born in Old Town, Grayson County, Virginia. She came to Kingsport in 1906 with her husband who became Kingsport’s first mayor. Mother Dobyns died February 14, 1951.

Photographer: David Peirce

Date Taken: 1950


ID#: 690-3


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