Kevin Kenneth Dougherty

Kevin Kenneth Dougherty was born July 21, 1955 at Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan to the late Lt. Col. Ralph E. Dougherty and Violet Manser Dougherty. After his father’s retirement to Ocean Springs, Kevin continued his education on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, graduating from Notre Dame High School. He received a B.A.E. degree from the University of South Alabama and a M.A.E degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Kevin devoted twenty-nine years of service to the field of education. Kevin quickly became known as “Mr. D” because no one could pronounce “Dougherty.” Mr. D served both in the classroom and as a coach for many years before becoming an administrator. The last several years were spent working with his dear friend and mentor, Jason Laffitte. 

Kevin is survived by his soul-mate of forty-two years, Patricia Kern Dougherty; his daughters Kristi (David) Walker of Birmingham and Carly Dougherty of Mobile; three precious granddaughters, Harper and Madeline Walker, ages 6 and 2 and Kendall Dougherty age 10; six siblings Sandra (Don) Miller, Patricia (Allen) Tubbs, Michele (Warren) Rogers, Ralph (Betty) Dougherty, Denise (and her late husband, Glen) Bodiford, and Karen (Jim) Estep; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Kevin also shared a close relationship with his in-laws: Joanna McCarroll of Mobile, Robert (Kim) Kern of Daphne, Gary (Caroline) Kern of Metairie, Jana Kern of Daphne and her late husband, AJ Kern. 

Many special people touched Kevin’s life, influenced him, and supported him. Kevin would want us to acknowledge and honor these wonderful people, too numerous to name. Thank you, dear friends. 

Kevin was guided and inspired by fellow educators Donny Stringfellow, Jason Laffitte, Joe Toomey and Bonnie Hebert. 

We wish to thank Kindred Hospice for the compassion and grace they showed Kevin and his family. 

Family and friends will always remember Kevin’s gentleness, kindness and sense of humor that guided his life. He enjoyed people of all ages. With his ready smile and easy manner, he welcomed all he encountered. He will be greatly missed.  

In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation in Kevin’s name to your favorite charity or to Christ United Methodist Church.