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Willie Mae Dorsey

April 9, 1946 January 9, 2020
Willie Mae Dorsey
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Obituary for Willie Mae Dorsey

Willie Mae Dorsey was born in Memphis, TN, on April 9, 1946, to the late Jesse and Doris Dorsey. She was as much of a blessing to her parents as she was to her older siblings Ethel Lee, Doris Jean, Jesse Jr., Janice, and Arthur, all of whom she joined in Heaven on January 9, 2020.
Willie Mae began her Christian walk at a young age and was baptized at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Carnes Avenue in Orange Mound, the church she actively attended for most of her life. She served in the Ruth Circle ministry, as a member of the Usher Board, and with the church’s Girl Scout Troop. Willie Mae took her walk with Christ very seriously. For her, love was an action, not just a feeling, and she was known as a woman with unshakable faith. She poured into the lives of countless people without ever asking for anything in return, knowing that her blessings came from God.
Willie Mae’s educational life began in kindergarten, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She then skipped a grade and entered Florida Street Elementary as a 2nd grader before becoming a Golden Wildcat at Melrose in the 6th grade, graduating in 1963. She proudly engaged as a member of the Memphis Chapter of the Melrose Alumni Association until her final days on this Earth. Her heart beat to the tune of “So Hard to be a Wildcat.” She also completed course work at LeMoyne-Owen College.
Willie Mae spent more than 50 years with AT&T, formerly known as South Central Bell and BellSouth, only taking a brief retirement before returning to the company as a contractor. Her true work, however, was taking care of others. Her parents instilled a deep sense of family with all her siblings, instructing them to always look after each other. Willie Mae took this responsibility very seriously, looking after her siblings well into their senior years – whether they liked it or not. She also expanded this love without bounds to just about anyone she met. She made everyone feel like family, always looking for the good in people. Her impact extends through several generations and across multiple continents. She left this world a better place than she found it.
Willie Mae leaves to carry on her legacy a loving sister, Charlene Hitchings (Harold) and a loyal brother, Clarence Dorsey; a brother-in-law, Charles Beane, and a sister-in-law, Brenda Dorsey; a devoted son, Nevin Hollingsworth; three grandchildren, Devin, Tracia, & Keisha; 2 great-grandchildren, Carina and Aiden; 8 nieces, Rosita, Veirdre, Kim, Kelli, Erika, Monica, Nicole, & Bridgett (whom she loved like a daughter); 4 nephews, Darwin, Jerome, Carlos, & Eric; and many grand-nieces/nephews, and several friends who became family.

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12:00 PM 2/1/2020 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Orange Mound Community Center

2572 Park Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38114

Orange Mound Community Center
2572 Park Avenue Memphis 38114 Tennessee
United States

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