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Virginia Thomas McDorman

Eufaula, Alabama

July 4, 2024

Virginia Thomas McDorman Obituary

Virginia Thomas McDorman, of Mountain Brook, died on Thursday, July 4, peacefully at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Leslie McDorman Jr., father Rep. Sim A. Thomas, mother Mary Kate Calton Thomas, and stepmother Margaret Schaeffer Thomas. Survivors include sons Ralph Carmichael "Mike" Moseley III (Suzanne) of Birmingham, Sim T. Moseley of Birmingham, Thomas Slate McDorman (Katherine) of Birmingham, grandchildren Virginia June McDorman, Thomas Slate McDorman Jr., Makenzie Ditto, Isabella Moseley, and Gibson Moseley, great-grandchild Carder Ditto, step-brothers Claude Schaeffer III of Eufaula and Charlie Schaeffer (Anne) of Eufaula, step-son Clarence McDorman III, countless friends and pets, including her favorite dog, Ms. Who. Honorary son Hunter Williamson (Jodie) and children Max and Jack from Houston, TX are part of the family as well. 

Virginia was born in her beloved hometown of Eufaula, AL, on August 27, the year being unimportant as she never aged past 29. She attended the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. Throughout her life, Virginia remained a Presbyterian, attending the First Presbyterian Church of Eufaula. Later, alongside her husband Clarence, she became a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. Virginia and Clarence were part of the McDorman-Allen Class, Birmingham's largest Sunday school class of all time.

She loved being involved in the community and was a long-time supporter of Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Birmingham Music Club Guild, for which she was a past officer. She volunteered at the Dr. Levi Thomas House plus Shorter Mansion in Eufaula and was a judge for the Miss Alabama Pageant. Starting the first year, she performed as a Southern Belle in the Eufaula Pilgrimage of Homes. Her father introduced the bill that established the Alabama Department of Tourism, for which she volunteered for the rest of her life. During her time with the department, she was appointed Alabama’s Ambassador to Canada for her work there on behalf of the state.

She was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution, which gave her 4th of July death more meaning. She was a past president of the Arlington Historical Society, a member of the Country Club of Birmingham, The Camellia Garden Club, The Women's Committee of 100 Birmingham, and the secretary for her high school Latin Club. Virginia provided a Miss Alabama scholarship for many years in memory of her father.

Virginia McDorman lived life to the fullest, loving her family, beautiful flowers, parties, good times in Mentone, and all the family pets. At one point, her family was home to 11 adult dogs, and the neighbors loved her. She was kind and generous and loved sharing with everyone she met. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at First Church Birmingham (518 19th Street North), with a reception to follow across the street at The City/Summit Club. A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Eufaula on Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 3 P.M., with a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery at 4 P.M. 

The family suggests that memorials in Memory of Virginia McDorman be directed to:

AIDB Helen Keller School, THE HELEN KELLER FOUNDATION, 1101 Fort Lashley Ave, Talladega, AL, 35160

Or the: Greater Birmingham Humane Society, 300 Snow Drive, Homewood, AL 35209

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Virginia Thomas McDorman hosted by Chapman Funeral Home.

Virginia Thomas McDorman, of Mountain Brook, died on Thursday, July 4, peacefully at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Leslie McDorman Jr., father Rep. Sim A. Thomas, mother Mary Kate Calton Thomas, and stepmother Margaret Schaeffer Thomas. Survivors include sons Ralph Carmichael "Mike" Moseley III (Suzanne) of Birmingham, Sim T. Moseley of Birmingham, Thomas Slate McDorman (Katherine) of Birmingham, grandchildren Virginia June McDorman, Thomas Slate McDorman Jr., Makenzie Ditto, Isabella Moseley, and Gibson Moseley, great-grandchild Carder Ditto, step-brothers Claude Schaeffer III of Eufaula and Charlie Schaeffer (Anne) of Eufaula, step-son Clarence McDorman III, countless friends and pets, including her favorite dog, Ms. Who. Honorary son Hunter Williamson (Jodie) and children Max and Jack from Houston, TX are part of the family as well. 

Virginia was born in her beloved hometown of Eufaula, AL, on August 27, the year being unimportant as she never aged past 29. She attended the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. Throughout her life, Virginia remained a Presbyterian, attending the First Presbyterian Church of Eufaula. Later, alongside her husband Clarence, she became a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham. Virginia and Clarence were part of the McDorman-Allen Class, Birmingham's largest Sunday school class of all time.

She loved being involved in the community and was a long-time supporter of Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Birmingham Music Club Guild, for which she was a past officer. She volunteered at the Dr. Levi Thomas House plus Shorter Mansion in Eufaula and was a judge for the Miss Alabama Pageant. Starting the first year, she performed as a Southern Belle in the Eufaula Pilgrimage of Homes. Her father introduced the bill that established the Alabama Department of Tourism, for which she volunteered for the rest of her life. During her time with the department, she was appointed Alabama’s Ambassador to Canada for her work there on behalf of the state.

She was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution, which gave her 4th of July death more meaning. She was a past president of the Arlington Historical Society, a member of the Country Club of Birmingham, The Camellia Garden Club, The Women's Committee of 100 Birmingham, and the secretary for her high school Latin Club. Virginia provided a Miss Alabama scholarship for many years in memory of her father.

Virginia McDorman lived life to the fullest, loving her family, beautiful flowers, parties, good times in Mentone, and all the family pets. At one point, her family was home to 11 adult dogs, and the neighbors loved her. She was kind and generous and loved sharing with everyone she met. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, at First Church Birmingham (518 19th Street North), with a reception to follow across the street at The City/Summit Club. A service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Eufaula on Sunday, July 14, 2024 at 3 P.M., with a graveside service at Fairview Cemetery at 4 P.M. 

The family suggests that memorials in Memory of Virginia McDorman be directed to:

AIDB Helen Keller School, THE HELEN KELLER FOUNDATION, 1101 Fort Lashley Ave, Talladega, AL, 35160

Or the: Greater Birmingham Humane Society, 300 Snow Drive, Homewood, AL 35209

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Virginia Thomas McDorman hosted by Chapman Funeral Home.

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