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Liberty Baptist Church
Saturday February 29th, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Memorial service

Liberty Baptist Church
Saturday February 29th, 2020
2:00pm

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Josephine Reva Dorsey

Josephine Reva Dorsey was born January 19, 1919 living to be the oldest African American citizen in Western, NC. She was born in Badin, NC to Henry and Rose Ann Bryson Dorsey. She is preceded in death by both parents; One son (Herman Dorsey) Four sisters and one brother • Annie Cullins • Mary Alice Bennet • Ruby Cullins • Mae Ellen Pickens • Nolvin Dorsey She worked at Cullowhee College for several years after school and went on to domestic work until she was well in her sixties. Reva was well known and loved in the neighborhood for her outspoken personality. If it came up: it came out. She had a great love for family. If she called you “Kinfolk” you could believe you were related in some way, and she could tell you exactly how. If you have spent any time with her you have heard her say more than once. "Dont take no wooden nickels! (Because you sure can't spend 'em)” This means “Always be alert and don’t let yourself be cheated.” She was also know to say, “Give me my flowers while I’m living” She was a lifelong member of Liberty Baptist Church and lived to be 101 years old. She attributed her long life to living in times when the community thrived on honesty, love, hard work, and the church was the foundation of life for all black families. She had a deep love for the Lord engrained in her from childhood and showed this love in words and actions up until her last moment on earth. If there was one piece of advice she could leave; she would say “Stay strong in the Lord younguns and you will never have to beg for bread” Reva leaves to cherish her memory: One brother Ernest Dorsey of Smithfield, NC Four nieces; • Sharon Lois Cullins (Canton NC), • Sandra Pickens Benning (Pete) of (Toledo Ohio) • Jeraldine Pickens Burkes (Ralph) of (Toledo, Ohio) • Phyllis Pickens (Washington DC) Four nephews; • Gordon Cullins (Waynesville NC), • Frank Dorsey Pickens (Chine) of Washington DC • Henry Dorsey Pickens (Terri) of Charleston, W. Va • Thomas Leroy Pickens (Deborah) of Charleston, W. Va. And a host of cousins, friends, and relatives.

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The well-known pat on the back & Hey youngun how you doing! And lets not forget the red lipstick!! So many memories!! Reva will truly be missed. Let not your heart be trouble. Trust in God: Trust also in me. (John 14:1) May God Bless you Family! The Blassingame's - Simpsonville, SC

Laura Blassingame Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Josephine Dorsey

Laura Blassingame Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

I have seen sweet Ms. Dorsey for years at Skyland Care Center. My Mother-in-law, My Mother and my wonderful Aunt were all there and if I helped any one of them I tried to help Ms. Dorsey. She was a wonderful person, absolutely the sweetest human being around. It did not take long to love her and enjoy her being around. I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and know that the Good Lord has her in his hands.

Linda Sellers Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Josephine Dorsey

Linda Sellers Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

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