“A LEGACY OF LOVE”
(April 2, 1941 – January 25, 2021)
A Time to Be Born
Dorothy Reese (Mommy), born to Henry Reese and Thomasina Reese began her life’s journey of love on April 2, 1941 in Sumter, South Carolina.
A Time to Plant
The vines of Dorothy’s life were rooted in Brooklyn, NY. She gave her life to Jesus Christ at the early age of twelve at the Pentecostal House of Prayer for All People under the leadership of the late Bishop Julio Felix. She was an ordained Evangelist and served in various leadership capacities. Her greatest love and joy while serving God, was directing the children’s choir, and serving as the Chair of Women’s Day. In 1988 she moved to Newport News, VA and joined New Bethel Cathedral COGIC- Hampton, VA and at her death was a member of New Beech Grove Baptist Church, Newport News, VA.
A Time to Grow
Mommy received her formal education in the New York public school system. She continued her education in New York City at the Manhattan Bible Institute (MBI) in pursuit of a certificate in Bible Study. Upon graduating from MBI, she continued preaching, teaching and spreading the Good News that “Jesus loves you and gave his life that you might be saved!” As she grew in her faith, Romans 8:28 was her guiding light: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” She loved it!
A Time to Produce
She shared her gifts and talents to educate the youngest amongst us. Mommy helped to mold future generations at various childcare centers. Her heart found its place at Faith Outreach Education Center in Hampton, VA. During her 15 years there, she changed the lives of, not only the students, but also the parents. Another love story!
A Time to Laugh
Her children and grandchildren were her “love, pride and joy.” They brought much laughter into her life. Being a strong woman of God, angels always surrounded her and made provision. The favor of God helped to keep the smile on her face and love in her heart. She often shared her favorite phrase “ Keep Looking to A Faithful God”.
A Time to Die:
Monday, January 25, 2021, Mommy was called home to eternal rest into the loving arms of Jesus Christ, the one she loved the most. She will forever be missed, but never ever forgotten!
A Time of Peace
Mommy is preceded in death by her parents: Henry and Thomasina Reese. From her marital union four loving children were born: Donna Y. Lawson, Richard C. Lawson, Craig T. Lawson, and Tresserlyn L. Kelly (James), eight grandchildren: Dionna Shinn, Seth Carrington, Ambreya Williams (Kirk), Brionna Edmundson, Taylor Macon, Darius Lawson, Tarin Jones, Kayden Lawson and two Great Grandchildren: Hadiya Williams and Lawson-Michael Edmundson. A loving sister and brother: Nancy Dunbar (Arthur), Brother, Robert Reese, four Goddaughters; Hattie Green, Jeannine Richardson, Katrina Littlejohn, and Laurita Abner, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, family, and friends.
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In memory of mommy and in Lieu of flowers, please donate to the Ms. Lawson’s Flower League scholarship fund at: www.gofundme.com/ms-lawsons-flower-league – Thank You!
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm