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August 31, 2021


Joyce Burks Dorsey and Jake Caraway, 1971 graduates of Granbury High School, will be honored as the Coming Home Queen and King during GHS Homecoming festivities on September 10, 2021. 

A native of Hood County and true Granbury Pirate, Dorsey attended Granbury schools for 12 years. She was a member of the band for eight years and played basketball for five. After graduation, she attended Abilene Christian University. 

The Coming Home Queen has been married to Vinny Dorsey for 29 years.  She lived and worked in Hood County for the first 40 years of her life before her husband’s career took her for a short time to Alabama and then to Houston for a 23-year stint before returning to Granbury to retire. 

Dorsey’s professional career spanned a broad range of positions, but she considers the eight years she spent as Ralph Walton’s secretary the basis for all that came later.  As Joyce Beckworth, she served as Hood County District Clerk for two terms before taking a position with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Enforcement and Paternity Establishment Division.  After she married Vinny and moved to Alabama, she served that state in a similar capacity.  Upon return to Texas, Dorsey worked as a legal assistant at Enron before joining Wells Fargo Wholesale Bank Government & Institutional Banking Division.  In 2019, after 15 years she retired from Wells Fargo as Senior Vice President. 

With her heart always in Granbury even while enjoying day-to-day life elsewhere, a return to Granbury in retirement was a dream come true for Dorsey.  She and her husband enjoy being a part of the family operation raising Texas Longhorn cattle on the acreage where she grew up in the Brushy community – land that was purchased by her grandfather almost 75 years ago.  

The Dorseys are members of the Granbury Church of Christ, where they actively volunteer for several ministries that serve the community.  They enjoy travel when they can, good food always, and the simple pleasure of calling their place on Lake Granbury home. 

Although he was born in Weatherford, Caraway is a fifth-generation Hood Countian and the son of John Hollan “Hollie” and Kittie Nell Green Caraway.  He attended Granbury schools from first through twelfth grade.  Caraway attended Tarleton State University for two years and then transferred to Texas Christian University, where he finished his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1976. 

Following his college graduation, Caraway started his banking career at Northwest Bank in west Fort Worth.  After seven years there, he came back to Granbury to work at First National Bank, where he has worked for 37 years.  Caraway currently serves as an officer and director for the bank. 

In the community, Caraway has served on the city council as well as the Granbury Historic Commission, Granbury Cemetery Board, and the Hood County Committee on Aging.  He has been active at First United Methodist Church and served on the boards for both the Bridge Street History Center and Mission Granbury. 

Caraway and his wife, Patti, are living in the downtown house built by his great grandparents in 1911.  His parents had built a new home on the family ranch in Thorp Spring.  He bought the Pearl Street house back in 2011. 

The Coming Home Queen and King will be honored during the halftime program at the Granbury-Fort Worth South Hills football game on Friday, September 10 at Pirate Stadium.