Born June 26, 1900 in Barr Township Daviess County, Indiana to Martin and Cisley (Kelly) Doyle was the second of eight children.
Thomas married Rose Nalin on September 28, 1927 at St. Patrick’s Church, Corning, Indiana. She died August 2,1974. They had 6 children, Charles Edward Doyle, Vincent Walter Doyle, Lewis Eugene Doyle, Mariam Rose Knese, Thomas E. Doyle, Jr., Jean Ann Sorensen. There are 17 Grandchildren, and 27 Great-grand children.
Thomas married Louise (Young) Richardson at St. Simons Church on May 10, 1980.
Thomas was an avid Gardner all his life. He became well known nationally as the “plastic man” and “blackberry man” after 1959 when he developed a method of using black plastic to cover a garden and planted through small holes.
In the early 1970’s he discovered a thornless blackberry that can product up to 10 gallons of extra large and extra sweet blackberries and in 1975 was granted a patent on the plant as “Doyles Thornless Blackberry” He was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame for this achievement.
During his lifetime, Doyle strongly encouraged education and many people have reported how his encouragement led them to continue with school and enabled them to become nurses, accountant, bankers, a county treasurer or successful businessman.
Lewis E. Doyle
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