AMORY – Dorothy Carleen Finley, 87, died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on Feb. 11, 1927, in the Carolina community, she was a daughter of Carl and Dorothy Inez Knight Burt.
She was a graduate of Nettleton High School, where she was captain of the basketball team. On Oct. 30, 1948, she married Kenneth A. Finley. A loving and nurturing wife and mother, she was a homemaker and taught kindergarten for a few years. She and her husband made their home in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Houston and Beeville, Texas and Jackson, retiring in Amory. She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, the Crusaders Sunday school class, and the United Methodist Women. A people person, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren; watching college and professional football and basketball on television; crossword puzzles; cooking; and reading.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with Rev. Brian Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Mullican (Danny) of Waxahachie, Texas; son, Edd Finley (Elane) of Amory; grandchildren, Jake Mullican (Jennifer), Patrick Mullican (Theresa), Christa Kerby (Kyle) and Lauren Orlosky (Evan); great-grandchildren, Judson, Jase, Jonathan, Caity and Lizzie Mullican; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years; and an infant sister, Mildred Burt.
Pallbearers will be Jake Mullican, Kyle Kerby, Lt. Evan Orlosky, US Air Force, Sam Carpenter, Mike Ausbon, Donald Young and Edsel Carpenter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sgt. Patrick Mullican, U.S. Army, and E.C. Carpenter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.