Dorothy Powers "Miss Dot" Theo of 201 Allen Bridge Road, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at her home with her family by her side.
She was the loving wife of the late W.J. Theo. She was 81.
She was the owner of Dorothy P. Theo Properties in Woodruff.
Dot was a strong believer in family and friends and simply lived by the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Mrs. Theo had a strong Christian faith and was also a firm believer in philanthropy and charitable work.
Born in Laurens County on February 03, 1931, Dot was the daughter of the late Charlie Bobo Powers and Gussie Mae Powers. She was a graduate of Ford High School in Laurens where she played basketball and earned the nickname "Rabbit" in the senior yearbook. Athletic, she also played for the Watts Mill basketball team in the old Textile League Basketball Tournament in Greenville.
Mrs. Theo attended Warrior Creek Baptist Church where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior when she was a youth. Throughout her four-score plus years on earth, Dot stressed a never-ending faith despite the setbacks and roadblocks in her life. She was an avid reader, especially current events. Dot was also a big sports fan and enjoyed watching college football (and she loved the local teams, attending games at several schools). She also enjoyed going to bowl games and cheered for the Palmetto State guys. She also was an Atlanta Braves baseball fan and loved college basketball. Dot also liked travel, gardening, her flowers and canning produce for winter months.
Mrs. Theo had her ritual at night as that of reading her Bible and then praying for friends and family she loved. Some were her long-life friends, while others she may have just met recently.
She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother and friend. She was married to W.J. Theo for 52 years before his passing in July of 2005 at the age of 81. After moving to Woodruff in 1952, the couple attended several churches before deciding to raise their family at Emma Gray Methodist Church. She loved the church bazaars and yard sales which raised money for church projects. She was also a member of the church guilds. Her specialty at the yard sales was her chocolate cake. She lived a full life and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Theo and Tracy Theo both of Woodruff; one daughter and son-in-law, Heather Theo Caldwell and Todd of Woodruff; a grandson, Walter "Walt" Caldwell of Woodruff, who affectionately called her "Grandmoo", Walt was Grandmoo's little ball player; one step-granddaughter, Halee Caldwell of Simpsonville; one sister, Pauline "Polly" Simmons of Columbia. Mrs Theo was pre-deceased by two sons, Walter Theo and Mike Theo; two brothers, Jim Powers and Harold Powers and two sisters, Chris P. Oakley and Frances P. Drummond.
Graveside services will be conducted today, Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. at Greenhaven Memorial Gardens by Rev. Amy Bratton and Dr. L.D. Jordan.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:45 P.M. prior to the service at Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary, Woodruff.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Ministries, P.O. Box 483, Woodruff, S.C. 29388
The family is at the residence.
Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary, Woodruff