Mr. Dougherty was united in holy matrimony with the late Verna Lee McCulley on June 6, 1959, in Mathis. After attending the Lagarto School through sixth grade, Mr. Dougherty enrolled in Corpus Christi College Academy, graduating in 1952. He served his country in the United States Army for eight years and was honorably discharged on April 30, 1962. He also expanded his kindness and servant spirit by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in 1957 from Texas A&I College and impacted students in South Texas as he taught in Mathis, George West, and Mission Independent School Districts, respectively. Mr. Dougherty was also an active member of the Catholic Church, serving in the Knights of Columbus. Civically, he was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association. He also enjoyed ranching, owning his own livestock, working cattle all over South Texas, and working with the Live Oak Livestock Auction and the Beeville Livestock Commission as part owner in both sale barns. In later years, Mr. Dougherty earned his real estate license and sold real estate, mainly ranches, in South Texas. In June of 2000, Mr. Dougherty was united in holy matrimony with Cynthia “Cindy” Bryan in Beeville.
Bob Dougherty’s paternal grandparents and maternal great-grandparents were South Texas pioneers, immigrating from Ireland and England, respectively. Born during The Depression, Mr. Dougherty grew up on the Dougherty Ranch at Lagarto, where cowboy and ranch life were all he knew. He learned to rope and ride as soon as he could walk and was fluent in Spanish before he reached the age of ten. After high school and college, Mr. Dougherty returned to the cowboy culture, ranching and being involved in the cattle industry in various facets. Bob Dougherty was a respected cowman and cowboy. He was one of the last of his kind.
In addition to his parents, step-father A. F. Grimsinger, and first wife, he is also preceded in death by his brother Jim Dougherty, son-in-law Roland Brown, and father-in-law Hollis Bryan. Those who mourn his passing, yet celebrate his life are his wife Cynthia “Cindy” Bryan Dougherty of Beeville; sons Robert Dougherty III and Michael Harvey Dougherty (Shelia) of Beeville, and John Patrick Dougherty (Shannon) of Skidmore, one daughter; Mary Catherine Dougherty Brown of Fannin; grandchildren Chris Dougherty, Mary Elizabeth Casas, Casey Brown, Cody Brown, Patrick Dougherty, Steven Dougherty, Madeline Dougherty, Jacob Dougherty, Joseph Dougherty, Ryan Dougherty, and Stephen Moreno; great – grandchildren Miley Casas and Michael Casas; step-sons Bobby Benick (Shekinah), Kevin Benick (Lisa), and Aaron Benick (Emily); step-grandchildren Samuel, Ryan, Joseph, Corey, Graham, Kristabelle and Gracie Benick; mother-in-law Dorothy Bryan; sister-in-law Vickie Bryan; several nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.
Visitation was held on Friday, January 10th, from 5:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, with a rosary being recited at 7:00p.m. Funeral mass and celebration of life services were held on Saturday, January 11th, at 2:00p.m. at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard Gonzales officiating. Interment followed at Saint Joseph Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were David Huser, Wesley Hardy, Rhea “Rebo” Mayberry, Leo Casas, Sandy Tullis, Cody Brown, Charlie Porter, and Dodson Sullivan. Honorary Pallbearers were Dick Cobb, Bill Phillips, John Campbell, Kenneth Gerfers, John Gay, Dan Reagan, Ronald Dischinger, Lupe Gonzalez, Tommy O’Neil, Mike Mitchell and Polo Martinez.
Treviño Funeral Home