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Bill Doss

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Bill Doss, age 43 years, passed unexpectedly on July 30, 2012, at his home in Athens, Georgia. Bill was born September 12, 1968, in Ruston, Louisiana, to Donny and Gaye Doss. He was a doting big brother to his younger sisters and was very popular in school. At age 5 years, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he replied confidently, "a football helmet!"

Instead, he became an extremely talented musician and songwriter. While attending Louisiana Tech University Bill embarked on a musical journey that would eventually lead him all around the world. At Tech, he also met Amy, who became not only his wife, but his muse, the fiercest supporter of his dreams, his princess. Few people actually get to ever live their dreams, but Bill did. He traveled the world with his Elephant 6 Collective family, entertaining and inspiring people and spreading his message of friendship, tolerance, kindness and love..set to the most amazing music.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Amy Hairston Doss: his mother, Gaye Rives Doss of Dubach, La.; sisters Kathryn Doss Hinkle and husband Mike of Griffin, Ga and sons Kristian Rives Dulaney and Noah Hinkle; and Allison Eve Doss of New York, NY and sons Tee Jay Doss-Healy and Donevan Doss-Young. Also surviving are numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Kyle and Linda Hairston of Monroe, La.; sister-in-law, Kim Ragland of Crossett, AR; brothers-in-law Jeff Hairston and wife Terri of Monroe, La.; Lee Hairston and wife Cindy of Monroe, La.

Bill is preceded in death by his father, Harvey Don Doss.

A celebration of Bill's life was held in Athens, Ga., on August 4.

"Shine on, Billy Don."

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