Dorsey “Pop Pop” Rader

Dorsey “Pop Pop” Rader passed away on 7/12/2017 after a very brief battle with lung cancer. Dorsey was born on 6/12/1936 in Spelter, WV, son of Eugene and Hattie (Barker) Rader. He attended Victory High School in Clarksburg and served in the US Air Force from 1954 – 1958, trained at Shaw Air Force Base and served in both Guam and Alaska. He worked as a factory worker and coal miner, then as an automotive technician until retiring in 1998 from Montgomery Ward in Bridgeport, WV. Before relocating to Chapin, SC, in 2015, Dorsey and his wife of 30 years, Anita (McCall Morrison) Rader, lived in Stonewood, WV, where they were members of the Vincent Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Anita; 3 sons and their families, all living in Indiana (Marc and Allison Rader and their 6 children – Chelsea, Chloe, Marisa, Mitch, Hallie, and Corey; Darrin Rader and his daughter, Ariana, and Roger and Elizabeth Rader and their 4 children – Anthony, Nathan, Caroline and Christopher); 2 step-children, (Robert Morrison of Lower Burrell, PA, and Robin Nydes of Chapin, SC, and her children Benjamin and Lindsey); a brother, Richard (and Isabella) Rader of Virginia Beach, VA; and sister, Maryann Taylor of Ohio; 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Dorsey was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda (Watkins-Alvarez) in 1981; brother, Gerald and sister, Patricia; step-son, George Morrison (1999) and step-son, David Morrison (2014), who is survived by his widow Paula and children Courtney and Christopher.

Music was Dorsey’s passion. He played a mean guitar for over 65 years, played keyboard and sang in a number of local Clarksburg bands and as a volunteer at several nursing homes. Dorsey leaves behind fellow musicians and many friends, the dearest of whom are Jack McIntyre of Stonewood, WV, and sister-in-law, Kaye McCall living in Navarre, FL. Dorsey was a dedicated father and loving husband, and had a heart of gold, a quick dry wit and nicknames for everyone. He enjoyed camping at Middlefork River Campground with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is loved and will forever be missed.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 17, at 12:00 p.m. at the National Cemetery of Fort Jackson where he will be buried with military honors. Pastor Don Williams of Christ’s Church and House of Prayer in Chapin, SC, will officiate the service. Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation through in memory of Dorsey Lee Rader.