OBITUARY

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1

On Thursday, June 1, 2006, God looked down upon the battlefield of faith and saw one of His soldiers growing tired. He closed her eyes and escorted her home to be with Him.

Dorothy Davis Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 23, 1937, to George Davis and Lillian Trent Davis. Dorothy was raised in the rural town of Powhatan, Virginia by her grandparents who nurtured and instilled values that became very evident in her adult life. She was baptized at an early age and became a member of Hollywood Baptist Church located in Powhatan. She delighted in returning each year remembering the good times. She remained faithful to her Powhatan roots by keeping in close contact with family and friends.

Dorothy relocated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area upon the completion of her education where she worked for the Federal Government at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 37 years. She was united in marriage and from that union a daughter was born. She and her daughter, Janine, shared a closeness that needed no words, but conveyed the message of the heart and mind. Her grandchildren (Sydney and Erynne) were her delight . There was a softness in her voice and a twinkle in her eye when she spoke of them.

"Dot" loved living and lived full, yet unpretentiously. She enjoyed bowling, trips to Las Vegas and cruising the Caribbean with her friends and family. She loved giving and gave generously of herself. She loved caring and cared openly and unselfishly.

Dorothy leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted daughter, Janine Wilson Dixon, a son-in-law, Rodney R. Dixon, two grandchildren: Sydney Lauren Dixon and Erynne Camille Dixon, one sister, Thelma Oliver, brother-in-law, Harry Oliver, one brother, Bernard Davis, sister-in-law, Drusilla Davis. She also leaves to honor her memory mieces and nephews, Ruby turner (Ronnie), L'Tanya Lawrence (John), Edawna Oliver, Kevin Davis (Debbie), Michael Oliver (Sheila) and Antoine Oliver (Selina), a devoted friend. Jean Dixon-Cox, as well as a host of great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

                                        Once in a while someone comes along,
        someone who just naturally makes everyone feel happier, thanks for being that
        wonderful person. We're so very glad and grateful that you were in our lives.

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path, god laid for me
I took His hand when I heard him call
I turned my back and left it all

I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I’ve found that peace at the close of day

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, and a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
Don’t lengthen it with undue grief,
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wants me now, He Set Me Free.

Reprinted by Permission.